From the Pastor ‘s desk
Each year we are invited to participate in our Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), which is an opportunity for all of us to support essential ministries and services which benefit many in our Local Church. The theme of this year’s appeal, Living Our Mission, calls to mind what we experience in giving as well as what others experience in receiving.
This past year has been a time of deep hardship and struggles for all of us. And yet we stand today with a profound sense of hope, in the vaccines that will be capable of delivering us from the darkness of pandemics.
It is so appropriate that the theme of our Annual Catholic Appeal this year is “Living Our Mission.” Our work of the diocese of San Diego in the time ahead will indeed be to prayerfully live our mission as we move out of the pandemic towards a reenergized and renewed Church in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
It is good to remember that Jesus Christ, whom the church salutes as King of Martyrs, is at the As we begin 2022, we also renew our commitment to living our baptism promise. Our Annual Catholic Appeal will support priestly formation, the pastoral care of active and retired priests. The Appeal will support our Catholic schools and faith formation programs, which bring hope and faith to our young people and lead us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Appeal will support our office of marriage, family life, and spirituality in its focus on strengthening the family at this time in our history. And the Appeal will help Catholic Charities to continue the good works of serving our neediest brothers and sisters and all who have suffered most greatly from the social and economic devastation of the past year. Our own Social Outreach Department receives a lot of support from Catholic Charities.
The brochure describes the many programs and ministries that are supported by your contribution to the Annual Catholic Appeal and how the funds are designated. Many of these programs result in important direct benefits to our parish faith community and others provide needed assistance to people around us. We can only do this work by joining together as a Catholic Community. Our parish directly benefits from your donation in so many ways.
The goal for this year’s Diocesan Appeal is $3,500,000. This year our parish share is $77,500. I am confident that we can reach this target and possibly exceed it. Any amount that is received over our target will be returned to our parish to be used as we designate. Therefore, I invite you to prayerfully consider your response as a faithful steward of the gifts which God has joyfully bestowed on you. Next week you will be receiving a Response Card to make your pledge and return it in the weekend collection or to the parish office. You may also go to giving.sdcatholic.org for more information or to make a secure online pledge or donation. Please make sure to mention our parish. We invite you to mail your check to the parish with your pledge card or go directly online to make your pledge or donation to the diocesan website at: https://www.sdcatholic.org/giving/annual-catholic-appeal/ or to our parish website at: www.sanluisreyparish.org.
If you cannot donate at this time, we ask you to pray for a successful 2022 Annual Catholic Appeal for our parish. Your participation, regardless of the amount, makes a difference. Your generosity brings hope and joy to all those who benefit from your gift. Be assured of my gratitude for your support and of my continuing prayers for you and your loved ones.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Oscar A. Mendez, OFM
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