Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Christ invited Simon Peter and his fishermen friends James and John to leave their boats and nets, to follow Him, and to dedicate their lives to the mission of “catching men” (today’s Gospel, Luke 5:1-10). Every Christian’s vocation includes these two elements: First, To follow Christ as his disciple, to live and to become more like him. Second, To engage in Christ’s work of leading others to the Way of eternal life.
Each of us is called to share in Christ’s work of leading others to eternal life. We do this by our personal Christ-like example among family members, friends and all with whom we come in contact in some personal way. We also do it in the service that we give in our church community, sharing our time and talent to foster Christ’s mission. We also do it by supporting the mission of Christ’s church on a broader level, sharing our resources to support the work of Christ that could not be done otherwise without the generous support of many. This weekend each of us is being invited to do just this very thing in making a monetary pledge to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal (AAA) is conducted every year in the 226 parishes of the Archdiocese. This year’s theme is “Whatever you did for one of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). The funds collected are designated to assist financially impacted parishes and schools, priest retirement and nursing homes, and to support CYO, Catholic Charities, Seminaries training future priests, campus ministries at local colleges, and a variety of other archdiocesan programs that serve our parishes and the spiritual and pastoral needs of our people beyond their parishes. Each parish is given a goal to reach. Our assigned 2007 goal is $77,647. Each parish that exceeds its goal is given a rebate. Our rebate from last year’s Appeal was $7,738.50. The more successful a parish is in parishioner participation, the greater the parish rebate. I want to thank all who participated in and supported the 2006 Appeal, and who in doing so also helped our parish.
Mailings from the Archdiocese have been sent to our active parishioners. Pledge forms are in the church pews this weekend. Let’s all try to do our part and make some pledge to continue Christ’s work of “catching men,” that is leading others to eternal life. Only a pledge is asked for at this time. You may return your pledge forms in today’s collection, in the collection of the next few Sunday’s, through the mail or by personal delivery to the parish office. Please try to do it soon. Thank you all for your continued generosity.
P.S. Please remember in your prayers Dick Collier, long time parishioner, former parish trustee, who for many years served as secretary of our parish AAA. Dick suffered a stroke this past week. He would be encouraged to know that the parish he has served so well and for so long is holding him in prayer.
God Love You,