KUCHING: Catholics have been urged to reach out more extensively to help the poor and the needy in society.
They must look at Mother Teresa of Calcutta as their role model and emulate the example of Pope Francis in being genuinely charitable and loving towards others, especially those who are suffering.
Archbishop Simon Poh, head of the Kuching Catholic Archdiocese, said more Catholics should volunteer their time, effort and material or financial resources to help those in poverty, those who are suffering physical illnesses or handicaps and those who are unable to fend for themselves.
He said this yesterday at a blessing ceremony held at the Catholic Services Centre in Kuching that functioned as a rest centre for rural visitors, a food bank and soup kitchen.
“This centre has volunteers who prepare daily food packs for distribution to some 244 poor and needy families and individuals.
“The centre is working with St Vincent De Paul Society and Society for Kuching Urban Poor in food distribution.
“I urge more Catholic parishioners to extend a helping hand in one way or another to help those in need in our society,” he added.
Catholics, he said, must play a role to bring God’s mercy and kindness to those in need.
“We should share our blessings with others. Through our willingness to reach out to them, we will one day receive our rewards in heaven.
“Let us live our daily life by looking at Mother Teresa as our role model and follow the example of Pope Francis who extends his hands of mercy and kindness readily to those who are suffering,” said the archbishop.
About RM1mil was needed by the Catholic church to run charitable projects in the Kuching Catholic Archdiocese every year.
The Catholic church in Kuching also had homes for the elderly.
The St Vincent De Paul Society Kuching helped poor students with school items and school bus fare as well as tuition.
Archbishop Poh said a fund-raising run would be organised on Sept 9 by the Catholic Welfare to try to raise RM2.5mil for future charity causes.