Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada
Montreal, Thursday June 20, 2013 – In 2013, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, supported various projects around the world with over one million dollars in donations.
It is with a great deal of pride that Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of ACN Canada, acknowledges the generosity of its benefactors, “Despite the great impact of a precarious economic situation, our benefactors have displayed such altruism by allowing us to contribute to the height of one million dollars. I am very proud to be a part of an organization whose donors love surpasses quiet comfort.”
A drop of water in the ocean
If this money – about 85% of it – served mainly for Mass Offerings to help with the subsistence of priests and to support various parish activities, it also served to support various other projects such as: support for the construction or the improvement of a religious building – $75 000; helping the youth of Bangladesh (18),of Peru (5) and of Chili (5) to participate in the World Youth Days (WYD) which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil from July 23; – 28; $50,000 have allowed for the New Evangelization via the Internet – $13 500; and finally, financing summer Bible classes with $11,000.
Aware that it is but a drop of water in the ocean, Marie-Claude Lalonde concluded with the words of Mother Teresa: “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”