How does Caritas work in a Parish?

In Bryanston, Caritas is an umbrella forum for all the groups
involved in living out the Social Teachings of the Church. We are the love of Jesus reaching out and offering His love to all our brothers and sisters in need, regardless of race or religion, inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Groups within Caritas in Bryanston, are Justice and Peace; Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP); Helping Hands together with “God’s Garage”; and the Poverty Relief Fund and the Catholic Women’s League (CWL).  Groups in different societies have evolved over the centuries, answering God’s call to love Him and love our neighbour. Other groups may create projects when the solutions of new needs arise in the future.
To know more of the work done by SSVP follow here
To know more of the work done by CWL follow here

To know more about the Poverty Relief Fund follow here
Social Teachings of the Church
Cristina co-ordinates Helping Hands. Since Covid19, she has formed a non-profit organisation to assist with tax deductions certificates on monetary donations.  Her team provide meals for elderly people and children in Orange Farm; assist a home for disabled and abandoned children; provide a weekly meal to homeless people in a Fairlands Park; assist the Jack Cotton residence for elderly in Randfontein with food and basic needs; help feed disabled people on a farm; provide food for shack dwellers in Witkoppen.  God’s Garage, co-ordinated by Luane de Villiers has grown out of the difficulties caused by Covid19 lockdowns. Her team collects and distributes clothing, bedding, food, furniture and toiletries wherever there is a need. Desperate communities in Vosloorus and Hammanskraal also benefit.

Who is Caritas?

Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of over 160 members who are working at the grassroots in almost every country of the world. When a crisis hits, Caritas is already on the ground. The diverse members give us our strength – from small groups of volunteers to some of the biggest global charities. Inspired by Catholic faith, Caritas is the helping hand of the Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.

Caritas Internationalis has its headquarters in Rome – co-ordinating emergency operations, formulating development policy and advocating for a better world for everyone. All national Caritas organisations are members of their own regional Caritas networks and the international confederation.

From the founding of the first Caritas in Germany in 1897, to the setting up of Caritas Internationalis in 1951, until today, Caritas has a rich history of listening respectfully to the suffering of the poor and giving them the tools to transform their own lives. The deep moral and spiritual principles of dignity, justice, solidarity and stewardship still guide Caritas today.

Message of Pope Francis for the 5th World Day of the Poor 2021

Letter from Cardinal Napier President of Caritas SA

Caritas is active in our parish, bringing humanitarian help to those who are in need. Contact Ruth Busschau if you would like to know more or get involved.



About Caritas

Caritas strives to develop the whole person, helping them reach their full potential.

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If you are interested in knowing more, why don’t you read this booklet?

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