Today’s Red Box looks very different from its predecessors, but its function and message are the same: to be a Christian is to be a missionary.
In order to mark the 75th anniversary, a special Mass of Thanksgiving will be concelebrated in each diocese in England and Wales between 28 May and 23 October. In Arundel & Brighton Diocese it will be on Saturday 10th September at the Friary, Crawley with Bishop Kieran.
So what does the Red Box do?
The money given to the APF through the Red Box goes directly to the bishops of the dioceses where it will be used.
So how do your Red Box contributions bring faith and new life communities around the world?
• Catechists and Prayer Leaders are trained, bringing people together when the priest can only visit a village a couple of times each year. Thus, even in the most remote places, villagers are prepared for the Sacraments, babies are baptised and funerals are conducted. Often the catechists’ wives teach women to read and write.
• Newly-weds begin their life together within a supportive faith community that helps mothers find medicines for sick children, fathers learn job skills and children to live beyond infancy. All this happens because the Red Box builds churches, schools and hospitals.
We hope you will join us in giving thanks for this great initiative which builds communities of faith here and throughout the world. 75 years of generosity and faith are worth celebrating!"