2017 Catholic Community Annual Appeal
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As Catholics, we are the family of God. Our goal is to serve Christ through service to all who are in need. Our Diocese is geographically large and wonderfully diverse, which calls for a rich diversity of ministries. As we serve today and prepare for the future, we must take steps now to secure the finances necessary to help us renew, strengthen, and sustain our many ministries. As we approach the diocesan Annual Catholic Community Campaign, “The Lord is Good to all; He has Compassion on all He has made,” we immediately call to mind that Jesus always responded with compassion to the needs of others. There was no self-concern found in Jesus. Christ-like compassion looks outward to others. Christ-like compassion serves the hungry, the needy, the forgotten, the young, the elderly, and families. Christ-like compassion also provides the resources needed for the ministries that are critical for the life of our parishes, schools, and programs. Christ-like compassion is also prophetic as it points beyond us to the author of all charity, Jesus Christ.
Our diocesan Annual Catholic Community Campaign strives first and foremost to provide the services that enhance and sustain parish life. Your participation will go to clothe and feed the poor through assistance to our Catholic Charities. Your participation will assist men who are discerning the priesthood. Your participation will help the laity who study our faith to embrace the parish ministries that flow from our baptism. Your participation will help the Youth Office, Family Life Office, Tribunal, Hispanic Ministry, Evangelization, and provide for our retired priests. To be men and women of the Gospel each of us must look beyond our own family, our own parish, and our immediate community to the well-being of our entire diocesan family. The most common way we do this is through our personal support of our Annual Catholic Community Campaign. Only by joining together can we truly show compassionate service to all God’s children. Indeed, our participation is a concrete way that we live our faith and nourish our holy union with Christ and our neighbor.
I pray that you will show compassion to the people of our diocese by generously donating to our ministries and mission. I humbly ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to support the works of our diocesan Church. Regardless of how much you can donate, simply being a part of this call makes a tremendous difference.
Once again, I am deeply grateful for your decision to join hands with me in advancing the mission of Christ and his Church. Inspired by our ancestors who have left us a tremendous legacy of faith, I pray that each of us will do our part to meet the needs of the Church today and provide a solid foundation for future generations. May God bless you abundantly.
Very sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Salina