Appeal is Here

Dear Friends,

Here we are at the end of January. The Super Bowl is next Sunday, and Lent begins ten days later, February 17. Next weekend is “Kick-off” weekend for the 2021 Catholic Charities Appeal. Catholic Charities truly extends the work of Christ here in our Archdiocese. Your donation to this annual Appeal directly benefits tens of thousands of people in our local area. It is a beacon of Hope for those in need and in this pandemic the needs are even greater. Last year, we had 863 donors contribute which was the highest number of donors in any Archdiocesan parish. The amount raised by our parish family last year was $131,198. Thank you for such generosity especially as the pandemic hit us shortly after the Kick-off last year.

Our parish goal this year is $135,000. I am confident, given the tremendous generosity of our people, that we will reach that goal. Thereby assisting in the work of Christ, reaching out to our brothers and sisters in their need.

Catholic Charities funds are properly stewarded and used only in accord with their case statement. Be sure to check out their video this year. You will find the link on our parish website as well as theirs. The Catholic Charities Appeal Board ensures that the funds collected are spent according to the purpose you donate for.

The Catholic Charities beneficiaries are grouped into five key areas of focus: Education; Social Services; Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life; Clergy; and Local Mission Activities. While not everyone can nor is called to do the hands on work of personally assisting those in need, we all can help out by our financial contribution. Catholic Charities along with our parish are on the top of my list for charitable giving each year.

Every gift, whether large or small, is critical and important. This cause is so worthy, the needs are so great in this pandemic year, and our generous love for God and all His children is so vital. 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.

Regarding the “how to” ~ envelopes and pledge cards were or are being sent to your homes by Catholic Charities. You can mail your contribution 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. Together, we will continue Giving Hope to All.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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