Join Our Hands with Chinese Faithful and Clergy for Relief Works
Inspired by experiences of the Universal Church, beginning on Palm Sunday 2017, the Church in China launched Her Disaster Relief Day (DRD), calling individuals, parishes, dioceses and communities to donate one Sunday’s collection to the relief fund. The past two DRDs had received enormous support from various ecclesial communities and individuals throughout the entire China and have brought in a total of ¥1,909,581.76.
More significantly, in 2018, we also started receiving donations from foreign language Catholic communities. Details are as follows: Shenzhen Korean community, ¥20,000; Shanghai Korean community, ¥20,000; Beijing Korean community, ¥40,000; Shanghai German community, ¥20,000; Beijing Italian community, ¥1,200. Hereby, on behalf of the victims, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you sincerely for your generous donations. May God shower upon you with ever more abundant blessings!
The donated funds collected in 2017 and 2018 have all been distributed among the 20,000 plus victims of various natural disasters, including flood disasters in Hunan, Jilin, Gansu, Yunnan, Shandong, wild fires in Guizhou, earthquake in Hualian, Taiwan, volcano eruption in Guatamala and tsunami caused by earthquake in Indonesia.
April 14 this year, the Passion Sunday will see the third Disaster Relief Day. Correspondingly, Jinde Charities has established the 2019 Disaster Relief Day Project, lasting from Lent 2019 to Lent 2020. This task is entrusted to us by the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, aimed at achieving total transparency in terms of its incomes, expenses and detailed executions of this project.
In his Message for Lent 2019, Pope Francis says that almsgiving helps us “escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us.” He also calls us to a genuine conversion: “let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them.” In particular, for 2019, the Pope invites us to show some love and support for the refugees from Iraq and Syria, two countries that have been devastated by wars.
Today, Catholic communities made up by the faithful from overseas have become an important component of the Catholic Church in China. Many Catholics from these communities have already participated in the relief works organized by local Churches. And thus, you are already members of the large Catholic family in China.
Therefore, we cordially invite you and your community to, once again, join hands with Chinese Catholics throughout the country to actively participate in the Disaster Relief Day 2019! It is our request that you donate one Sunday’s collection to this collective humanitarian work for the poor and the needy. This will be a significant witness of love from the Catholic Church in China.
Heartfelt thanks for walking together with the Church and the society in China!
Jinde Charities Foundation
April 12, 2019
How to donate:
Account number: 131080080018010022131
Full name of the bank: 石家庄交通银行胜利北街支行
Routing Number: 301121000278