Giving Hope to All

Dear Friends,

Super Bowl 2018 has arrived. Our hometown Eagles are there! While it is true, God doesn’t play favorites ~ He loves each and every one of us with an everlasting love ~ we are certainly praying, hoping and rooting for our Eagles to soar by going all the way in Minneapolis. Go Eagles!

Hard to believe that we are in February, already. February 3 is the feast of Saint Blaise and so we will bless throats at the end of all the Masses. Don’t forget our Italian Dinner Night on Saturday, February 10. On that weekend, at all the Masses, we will give a special blessing to all our married couples. Ash Wednesday is February 14. Yes, and that is not a typo. It is a day of fast and abstinence. The schedule of Masses and services can be found in this bulletin, on the narthex monitors and our website.

This weekend is also the “Kick-off” Weekend for the annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The overall Appeal goal this year is $12.5 million. Our parish goal this year is $100,823. Last year, your generosity enabled our parish to raise $146,877. Can we reach $160,000 this year? The cause is so worthy, the needs are so great and our generous love for God and all His children is so vital. Every gift, whether large or small, is critical and important. Every gift is a blessing that benefits someone in need here in our local area. It is help that is going to our hometown people. As we work together to raise these funds, all of us won’t just be “achieving a goal,” but rather, we will be working together to make sure that necessary assistance and help is given to our brothers and sisters on behalf of Jesus Christ.

Did you know that this year marks 60 years for the Catholic Charities Appeal, Giving Hope to All? (It is almost as old as yours truly.) But the work that it supports is always new, always necessary, always appreciated. Catholic Charities helps literally hundreds of thousands of people through a wide range of ministries and programs.

In our bulletin and on our website in the weeks ahead, we will highlight those who do benefit. The Charities Appeal video is playing on one of the monitors in the narthex (near Chapel) and you can link to that video through our website. Take a few minutes to learn about all that the Catholic Charities dollars support here at home. So much of what Catholic Charities does, just isn’t being done by anyone else.

Regarding the “how to” ~ envelopes and pledge cards were sent to your homes by Catholic Charities. You can mail your contribution in directly or place it into the collection basket. You can also go online to donate electronically at Be sure to include our parish name in the appropriate box.

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to Catholic Charities in the past, and if you have given already this year for your donation in 2018. Please prayerfully consider whatever amount you are able to give cheerfully to help those in need and to make visible the holiness that is yours as a temple of God. Together, we will continue Giving Hope to All.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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