Most of us have received our letters with our pledge cards for this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). I was so anxious to get mine that I nearly got my head stuck in the mailbox looking for it every day! If you didn’t get a pledge card in the mail, you will find some on the tables near our bulletins in the Narthex and back entrance. If each parish family who is able to contribute gets their pledge in early, we could break our own record and have our goal reached before Thanksgiving! Remember, you don’t need to pay off your pledge until the end of May 2021. Last year, we made our goal right around Christmas. We have been praying for our success each week and no amount is too large or too small to donate. As you know, our parish is responsible for raising $78,051 this year. It is very important that we make our goal to show our strong commitment to those most in need, to our parish, and to our diocese by our financial contributions which continue Jesus’ mission in our world at this critical time.
The theme of this year’s appeal is “Christ, Our Light”. It is Christ who is always our light and who asks each of us to let His light shine in our world through us! Christ’s light shines through our pledges to the CMA by: funding ministries that nurture children and teenagers in the Catholic faith, paying for the proper education of our seminarians on the road to priestly and diaconal ordination, helping struggling families find their way through economic crisis and back to stability, supporting ministries that reach out with the hands and heart of Christ to the aged, the sick, and the imprisoned, and funding the crucial work of Catholic Charities, which serves more than 250,000 people annually! This weekend, Oct 31-Nov 1, we celebrate the glorious Solemnity of All Saints in which we hear of the triumph of the saints who “are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb”. The saints let Christ’s Light Shine in their lives through the power of Christ’s shed blood on the cross! The Lord asks us to do the same!
May Christ’s light shine in you brightly, now and always.
Deacon Frank