Living Catholic e-News December 2022

Double celebration at Thanksgiving Mass

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There was extra reason to celebrate when the tenth annual Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass was held on December 7.

In addition to giving thanks for the generous support given to Catholic Charities throughout the year, the Mass was an opportunity to celebrate Centacare Catholic Family Services' 80 years of service to the community.  
The Thanksgiving Mass was held in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, followed by the Charities Expo in Mary MacKillop Plaza.
Every year Catholic Charities raises nearly $400,000 for frontline agencies providing support to the most disadvantaged in the South Australian community. Individuals, parishes and schools contribute to the charity’s appeals throughout the year.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan welcomed staff and supporters from Centacare, Hutt St Centre, students from St Patrick’s Special School, Nazareth Catholic Community, Cabra Dominican College, Emmaus, St Catherine's, St Augustine's and McAuley Community schools. He spoke of the importance of Catholic Charities and the agencies it supports in making a difference to the lives of others.
Annie O'Neill, manager of Catholic Charities, thanked everyone for coming along to support Catholic Charities and the agencies it helps fund including Centacare, Hutt St Centre, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Our Lady of La Vang and St Patrick's Special School.
Pauline Connelly, director of Centacare, also spoke about the work of the agency and suggested to the students at the Mass that social work, disability services or psychology might be areas they would like to pursue after they finished school. 
The Cathedral Children’s Choir, directed by Timothy Davey, also brightened up the event with their wonderful singing which impressed many of the attendees.
Centacare’s IT team pitched in to help with the BBQ and everyone enjoyed a sausage sizzle in the sunshine.
(Cabra students pictured with Archbishop Pat O'Regan at Thanksgiving Expo, Ben McMahon photographer.) 

See December e-newsletter here