February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Let us go to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.
For this purpose I have come.”
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Catholic Services Appeal
The 2018 Catholic Services Appeal, conducted by the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation, will take place next weekend, February 10th & 11th, and I am asking for your support. The Catholic Services Appeal is the way in which the Collective Ministries in this Archdiocese are funded.
Your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation is restricted for the benefit of the 18 Collective Ministries within our Archdiocese. Some of these ministries include helping the homeless, the hungry, the imprisoned, students in financial need, seminarians, and many others. These Designated Ministries cannot be funded on their own or by any one single parish but rather need support from all of us.
Last year’s (2017) Catholic Services Appeal hit our goal of $9.3 million. It was an outstanding year and the CSA was able to pay all of the Designated Ministries in full. For the 2018 CSA, the goal has been increased slightly to $9.8 million. If we all join together and everyone pledges something, we can make this goal a reality.
Some of the Designated Ministries that are particularly close to my heart are the Seminaries, and the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family, and Life. Our two seminaries—St. John Vianney College Seminary, and the Saint Paul Seminary—are two of the best in the country. I was so blessed to be able to attend both seminaries, and am very supportive of them. Additionally, the office of Marriage, Family, and Life provides several important programs or opportunities for our Archdiocese. They put on an excellent monthly marriage seminar for couples preparing for marriage (which our engaged couples benefit from), and they also support many pro-life opportunities, including a Life Fund to help needy mothers, and sponsoring a trip to the March for Life in Washington DC.
You may have already received a CSA mailing at your home. Feel free to mail that in, or you can fill out a giving envelope at Mass next weekend.
I wholeheartedly support this Appeal and will be making my personal pledge to it. I am calling on you to join me in doing our part so that these important ministries in this Archdiocese can be fully funded. Please be assured of my gratitude for your participation.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke