Monday, January 25, 2010
2010 Annual Catholic Appeal Begins
The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew
by Duccio di Buoninsegna
Saint Luke says of the earliest disciples, “…they left everything and followed Him.” That haunting phrase describes a full and completely generous commitment, and it describes the theme of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, we rededicate ourselves as Christ’s disciples and a community of welcome, service, and support.
Your gift extends an essential hand of help to our schools, parishes, programs of religious education and ministerial formation, efforts to respect life and initiatives to make the world more just, peaceful and loving.
Your gift to the Appeal helps Catholic Relief Services to aid those overseas who are devastated by natural disasters, illness, wars, and famines. As I write, Catholic Relief Services is turning a Port-au-Prince golf course into one of the first formal camps for the multitudes of displaced people in the Haitian capital.
The prayer of your heart, the work of your hands, and your generous offering of financial support—all this identifies you among those who followed Him.
I invite you to do whatever you can do to make the Church a welcoming home, a serving community, and a loving and supportive hand. Please give generously to the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal.
For more information, please go to www.annualcatholicappeal.com or call 312-534-7959.