May God bless you!
Have you ever needed help, but didn’t know where to turn? Chelly felt that way. Fortunately, someone directed her to the Sister Visitor Center, one of our Catholic Charities programs. After receiving help with her utility bill and other items, Chelly told us,
“Just to know there are people out there who care whether I am on the face of the earth or not means a whole lot.”
The Catholic Services Appeal is an essential source of funding for archdiocesan ministries and services that transform lives in many ways. This is work that cares for the poor and needy, promotes vocations, enhances prayer and worship, provides lifelong formation and education opportunities like Why Catholic?, works with teens and young adults, and assists our parishes and schools. This year’s Appeal also offers donors the opportunity to make a special additional gift for our retired priests. The Archdiocese has been blessed with many good and holy priests who minister to us in times of joy and sorrow. As priests reach the retirement age of 70, it is our turn to provide for their needs.
This year’s Appeal is seeking to raise $3,100,000. I invite you to help us transform lives by clicking on the Donate Today! button and making a gift or pledge to the 2014 Catholic Services Appeal. Your gift will mean so much for those served by our ministries and services. Know that your gift will be received with my deepest gratitude.
In closing, I am reminded of these words in Pope Francis’ exhortation the Joy of the Gospel, “Go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ.” Your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal will help us do just that. I urge you to make your gift today.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.