National Meeting of diocesan Caritas in Serbia – Tekije – 2016.
On the fourth of June Caritas of Serbiai organized a meeting of diocesan Caritas at Tekije. The number of participants was around 180. The topic was: Challenges and Prospects of Caritas in the Church and society.
The participants were welcomed by national Caritas director Fr.. Vladislav Varga and said he can not leave from the meeting place the same way as they arrived.
Directors of individual Caritas presented the general situation on the basis of diocesan meeting of parish Caritas groups, then Istvan Dobai from Caritas Subotica drafted the situation in the society. He pointed out that one of the key problems is the unemployment because of the impossibility of making earnings humiliates man, taking his foundation of dignity and self-consciousness, leads him to a position of dependency and if it takes a few years, one becomes mentally unable to work, lose motivation to look for work, and social burden prevails.He also pointed to the very difficult situation of the family, because the liberal-libertarian atmosphere of Europe wants to destroy the basic community of society, which is becoming a human and a Christian. He made the suggestion that without neglecting previous activities, to put more emphasis on the achievement of spiritual works of mercy in the future. Specifically to achieve national Caritas project for education and animation of volunteers, in order to know more expertly and efficiently perform spiritual works of mercy: to advise the undecided, to comfort the sad, to become stronger in the submission of injustice and forgiveness, but at the same time proficient in teaching and rebuke sinners. On the subject of refugees and migrants he said that care for them is the area of social activities, financed by the state, but if we have to face with the man who is hungry, we’ll feed him, if he is unclothed, we vest him.
Based on all the above are trustees of diocesan Caritas in a smaller group’s formulated concrete conclusions for future work, and in the church volunteers underlined examples of best practice, to learn from each other.
After lunch Darko Tot, coordinator of Caritas Serbia presented a summary, and gave the floor to the participants in the plenary session.
The meeting ended by concelebration led by Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade, President of Caritas Serbia.
Taking over the license – 25/05/2016. – Belgrade
Aleksandar Vulin, Serbian Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy on 25.05.2016 also gave license for home care and nursing service for Caritas Subotica at the Palace of Serbia, which was acquired by Caritas in January 2015. The ceremony was attended by representatives of state institutions and civil societies, which has acquired a social work licenses up to this date. Among the Caritas network the Valjevo, Sabac, Subotica and Sremska Mitrovica services received the license.
Donation for Caritas soup kitchen in Senta
Caritas Soup Kitchen in Senta during 2016 will be the place where 500 regular users can get secure meals, thanks to the traditional New Year donation by the company “Japan Tobacco International” (“JTI”) through the humanitarian organization “Caritas”.
Jozef Nadj, president of “Caritas” who cares about the work of the Caritas Soup Kitchen in Senta, received a donation from Makoto Ochiai, director of “JTI” factory in Senta.
“JTI” cooperating with “Caritas” and Caritas Soup Kitchen in Senta for nine years, and this festive tradition is part of our long-term plans – said Makoto Ochiai, director of “JTI” factory in Senta.
The company is realizing this philanthropic activity every year in December, when there is a largest need for it at the Caritas Soup Kitchen in Senta due to reduced supply of seasonal jobs and a greater number of citizens, for whom this is the only way to feed their families. The donation coming from” JTI” in the last nine years, is making a significant contribution to 500 users of Caritas Soup Kitchens to have a safe meal every day.
Caritas Subotica pleased 160 children
In cooperation with the kindergarten “Our hope,” (“Naša radost”) Caritas Subotica has secured this year gifts for 160 children. In the atrium of the hotel “Gallery” (“Galleria”) New Year gifts were given for 80 children, following a festival program, prepared by children from kindergarten. The gifts were awarded to children whose parents are members of the Association of Large Families, while Santa Claus with another 80 packets delighted the children from Dušanovo and Čantavir.
Kids from the kindergarten “Our hope,” whose traditionally are producing Christmas cards and ornaments on the tree, which then sell and the funds were provided for 160 children, mainly from disadvantaged circumstances.
Winter shelter for homeless persons
A winter shelter for homeless persons was opened in Caritas Club at 31. December 2015. The local municipality, across the Red Cross, is providing full board to the homeless persons: sleeping, three meals, possibility to shower and to wash their clothes. Caritas Subotica gave the space in Caritas Club for the shelter and provide a volunteers who run the shelter. Right now the regular work in Caritas Club is suspended until the shelter for the homeless persons is needed.
Caritas Subotica received the Blue Danube Foundation award for Tolerance on November 16th. Individuals, institutions and civil organizations received this award in the past, who contribute to the spreading the idea and principals of the tolerance in the society. The Tolerance award ceremony was organized in main hall of the Museum in B. Topola.
Sunshine in autumn – Caritas Club, Subotica 22.10.2015.
Borbala Bálint from Organization of retired Subotica and Jelena Péter from Caritas Club together organized the traditional “Sunshine in autumn” event for delight of the elderly persons. Teachers from Djuro Salaj elementary school Marija Perušić, Hedvig Sós and Tünde Galambos lead the pupils who said a poem and danced Hungarian, Serbian, Croatian and bunjevac folk dances. After Aleksandar Rukovina played on his accordion it followed the women choir of Caritas Club. During István Szabó Batancs music show, guests were offered with cookies and refreshment. This nice celebration lasted two and a half hour.
Charity concert in Senta in favor of the hospital’s obstetrics department.
On 9 October, in the theater hall in Senta a programme was organized in favor of obstetrics department of the hospital by the Caritas volunteers from Subotica, initiated by Német Hegyközi Monika.
The participants and guests were welcomed by reverend Paskó Csaba, president of Caritas Subotica. The director of the hospital Dr Mihály Vasas thanked the show and the support for the obstetrics department. The performers Izabella Guzsvány, Imre Kálmán, Jelena Nikolic and Ákos Szerda, Bólyai High School students, students of Stevan Mokranjac music school and the Big Band ensemble gave the show.
A numerous audience was overjoyed by listening to the singers, the compositions and declamations. The performers were payed by enthusiastic applause, and the knowledge that their skills, their time and their love were donated to a noble cause.
The amount of voluntary donations will be transferred to the benefit of the obstetrics department.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
We observed the International Day of Older Persons on the morning of 1 October 2015 in Subotica, at the Sundial Square next to the City Hall. The memorial was opened by Mayor Jenő Maglai. He pointed out that in the realization of the event the following relevant institutions and organizations were participating: Gerontology Center of Subotica, the Red Cross of Subotica, Subotica Health Centre’s Disease Prevention Department, the Public Health Institute, the Social Protection Centre, the Municipal Pensioners Association and Caritas Subotica.
The Gerontology Center’s and Žarko Zrenjanin daycare school’s choir and the rhythmic gymnastics group step up causing joy for the acquired large number of public. The colleagues of Subotica Health Centre’s Disease Prevention Department measured blood pressure and sugar levels of interested, while social workers hold consultations and on the desks of all participating organizations leaflets informed the visitors.
Help for migrants
The Caritas in Subotica since September begin its service among refugees and migrants.
In Subotica, Kanjiza, and in Horgosnearly 2,500 food packages, 200 hygiene kits and 150 baby package were distributed, in cooperation with the Red Cross. The European Caritas and the German Government are the supporters of the project while countrywide theCaritas Serbia coordinates.
Both on15 and 16 September Msgr. Orlando Antonini, papal nunciovisited refugees and migrants in Horgosnear the border crossing.
He talked with them and took part in the dealing of packages, too.