Advent appeal for Ukraine 2022
December 7, 2022
The country’s bishops are encouraging Catholics to respond to the call from the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia to provide financial support to people in the war-torn nation as winter arrives.
Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR gave an update on the situation in Ukraine during the plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference last month. He thanked the bishops for praying – and inviting their communities to pray – for Ukraine, and asked them to renew those prayers.
He also requested that bishops hold a special collection to “support refugees and people in Ukraine during this winter, which will be the most challenging for our country for decades of independence”.
The bishops gave strong support to that proposal, and are encouraging dioceses, eparchies, parishes, schools and other ministries to facilitate a special collection during Advent for Ukraine.
“Mindful of the busyness of this pre-Christmas period, communities are invited to find a day, a weekend or some other moment or moments to focus on the people of Ukraine,” said Bishops Conference president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.
“It should also be a time to again place the Prayer for Peace in Ukraine that the Bishops Conference composed in February in our minds and in our hearts.”
In his address to the bishops, Bishop Bychok described the devastation being caused in Ukraine–through loss of life, internal and international displacement, widespread property destruction or damage and other consequences of war.
He thanked Caritas Australia, Catholic Mission and Aid to the Church in Need, as well as dioceses and religious communities, for raising funds to provide humanitarian support.
He also acknowledged the Australian Government’s allocation of humanitarian visas for people fleeing the war.
All donations raised during the Advent appeal will support the work of Mudra Sprava (Wise Action), a Patriarchal Charitable Foundation in Ukraine. The organisation has three focus areas: Evacuation of people from frontline territories; Food packages for people in need; Shelters for internally displaced persons.
Your support of this appeal would be greatly appreciated.
Prayer for Peace and Justice in Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
who change the hardened heart
and break the power of violence,
we entrust the people of Ukraine to you.
Protect them in this time of mortal peril;
let them know not death but life,
not slavery but freedom.
You are Father of all;
we are brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength
to live that truth in love,
choosing peace not war.
Through Christ our Lord.
Ways to donate to the Advent Appeal for Ukraine 2022
The Advent Appeal for the Ukraine will be held on the third weekend of Advent. You can make your donation by using the envelopes located in the parish foyer or to donate online please go to https://www.dow.org.au/giving2/advent-appeal-for-ukraine-2022/
* Donations made to the Advent Appeal for Ukraine 2022 are non tax-deductible.