From Father Varghese's Desk
From Father Varghese’s Desk
The annual Catholic Charity Fund Appeal begins next weekend and, once again this year, we are being asked to help our needy brothers and sisters throughout the Diocese of Providence through our contributions and pledges. This year our parish goal is $55,100. I have every confidence we will reach or exceed this goal as we did last year. Some of our parishioners have already responded to the appeal in the advanced campaign and now we turn to all our parishioners.
Our annual appeal supports many necessary and important ministries in the Diocese, among them are programs for Marriage and Family Life, Child Day Care Centers, Homes for the Aged, Immigrant and Refugee Services, Hispanic Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Inner-City Catholic Education.
During the Holy Season of Lent, we are asked to seek opportunities each day to practice our faith through works of charity. The Catholic Charity Fund Appeal is one of the most effective ways for us to fulfill that mission for it allows us to help others in a simple and generous way.
This year we will once again be asking you to make your donation or pledge at one of the weekend Masses next week or any week during Lent. We will continue to utilize the “In-Pew Solicitation” method, which was so very successful last year. If you are not prepared to make your donation or pledge next week, you may take home a pledge envelope and return it any weekend.
I also encourage all who have never given to Catholic Charities before to consider a gift this year. It is a very effective way to give generously to those in need right here in our own State and neighborhood. Even a pledge of $15 or $25 a month can make a great difference and help us quickly reach our goal.
I join all our fellow Rhode Islanders who will benefit from this year’s appeal in asking that you come to Mass next weekend prepared to make a generous contribution. We also ask that you pray for the success of this year’s Appeal, for your prayers and generous donations help our Diocese accomplish God’s work in Rhode Island for our brothers and sisters, our neighbors in need.
Have a Good Week and God Bless