My friends in Christ,
So often I see the generosity of the Cathedral community. The efforts through summer lunch making, Adopt –a-Family and donations to SVDP are just a few examples of the generosity of this parish community. Today, I ask for your generosity to the Archbishop’s appeal. This weekend’s first reading from Jeremiah reminds us that we are firstly called by God and secondly, dedicated to be a prophet to the nations. This call is not only to our parish, but to the wider Church.
Thankfully, we managed to meet last year’s goal due to the generosity of 800 families out of our 5,500 families who supported last year’s Appeal. Now we begin our new goal. The Archbishop’s Appeal begins every February. The Archbishop’s Appeal gives a future and a hope to the wider Church, through the education of our men studying for the priesthood, through the work of Catholic Charities, the pro-life movement, priest retirement, and the many charities it serves throughout the Archdiocese. If we all did our part, think of what we could achieve for the wider Church. Our goal this year is $471,000.00 and we pay the assessed amount whether we make the goal or not.
This weekend you will have the opportunity to fill out a pledge card at mass. If you would like to pledge on-line, please use this Archbishop’s Annual Appeal link and designate the Cathedral. I believe that if every family does their part, we will certainly meet our goal. Again, thank you for your continued support of our Cathedral and the wider Church.
Yours in Christ,
Monsignor Francis G. McNamee