This Sunday is filled with many items. It is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord, when Mary and Joseph brought the Infant Jesus to the Temple in accord with Jewish law. This day set aside to recognize and to pray for all those men and women who live in consecrated religious life, who give witness to Jesus by living the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This weekend, we will also bless throats at the end of all the Masses, asking Saint Blaise’s intercession for us. And please remember that in accord with our practice for several years now, there is no 7 pm Mass Sunday night. Ah, and yes there is the Super Bowl to watch.
Additionally, this weekend launches the 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal: Giving Hope to All. The overall Appeal goal for this year is $12.5 million. Our parish goal once again is $135,000. Last year we raised $121,876, ninety percent of goal. I know we all get many, many requests for worthy causes. This request is on behalf of tens of thousands of people in need locally. It is impossible for us to reach out to them personally, but our generous support of Catholic Charities allows our local church, our Catholic family, to do so.
Every gift, whether large or small, is critical and important. Every gift is a blessing that will benefit someone in need here in our local area. 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 in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the weeks ahead, our bulletin and our website will highlight those who do benefit from your generosity. The Charities Appeal video will be 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 catholiccharitiesappeal.org. 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 2020. Everyone please prayerfully consider whatever amount you cheerfully are able to give 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,