In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others. Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.23.
Without putting themselves in the place of the institutions of civil society, [Christian organisations] have to express, in their own way and rising above their particular nature, the concrete demands of the Christian faith for a just, and consequently necessary, transformation of society.
Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.51.
On average, people are living longer, and older people form the majority of active Catholics in England and Wales. Charities in the Caritas network, religious orders, many parishes and individual carers offer vital support at home, at church and in the neighbourhood. The ‘Reaching Out’ guidance published by CSAN offers a useful starting point for parishes looking to review or develop group activities with older people.