In the coming days, the Church in Malta will be celebrating the Day of Charity. The aim of this day is to increase awareness of the work being done by Church entities in society with those who are vulnerable. Through various residential homes and charitable work, the Church in Malta welcomes and serves those in need, irrespective of their race, skin-colour and belief.
Currently, there are more than 1,600 individuals living in the Church’s residential homes. These include children and youths, elderly people, persons with special needs, those who are being helped to overcome drug addiction, immigrants and refugees, domestic violence victims, women who have resorted to prostitution, and homeless people. Furthermore, there are around 1,450 families that receive help from the parish priests and professionals through the diaconia services in the parishes.
The entities that participate in Charity Day are: Id‑Dar tal‑Providenza, Hospitals Chaplaincy, Fondazzjoni Caritas Malta, Fondazzjoni Sebħ, the Church Homes for the Elderly, the Migrants’ Commission, the Peace Lab, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Corradino Correctional Facility Chaplaincy, St Jeanne Antide Foundation, the Millenium Chapel, Paolo Freire Institute Foundation, Dar Merħba Bik, Dar Osanna Pia, Dar Hosea, Youth Alive Foundation Dar Frate Jacoba, the Segretarjat Assistenza Soċjali, Fondazzjoni Suret il‑Bniedem, Ursuline Creche Home, Soup Kitchen OFM in Valletta and Diocesan Diaconia Commission.
This year, donations to these entities supporting persons in need may be made by:
- making an offering to collections made during Masses on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April
- sending a cheque payable to Arċidjoċesi ta’ Malta to Segretarjat Djakonija, Jum il-Karità, Kurja tal-Arċisqof, P.O. Box 1, Floriana FRN1520. The minimum amount for cheques accepted by banks is €20.01.
- making a donation online at https://knisja.mt/donazzjonijiet/ and inserting Jum il-Karità in the message field so that the money will be used for this aim.
Day of Charity is celebrated each year through the initiative of the Secretariat for Diaconia within the Archdiocese of Malta.