My Dear Friends in Christ,

As the Lord Jesus was about to ascend back to his Father, he commanded his Apostles: Go, make disciples of all nations [Matthew 28:19]. Bringing others to the Lord, directly through speaking to them of Christ or indirectly through our good works, is our primary mission as followers of Jesus Christ.

The annual Catholic Sharing Appeal makes our proclamation of Christ’s lordship credible by showing that we are striving to fulfill his command to love our fellow human beings, be they children in need of education, the homebound in need of the Eucharist or a family needing help with a rent payment or utility bill.

Over the past several years, the need for outreach to the young, the vulnerable and the less fortunate across West Virginia has continued to grow. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to make a significant contribution toward meeting those needs, making more resources available to care for those around us, despite a declining Catholic population. But imagine how much more we could do if we convinced more people to cast their lot with us in following Jesus Christ!

As we join together to bring the Gospel of Christ to those who have left us and those we have never had with us, I ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this year’s Catholic Sharing Appeal. By your gift you are putting your faith into action in union with Christ as we serve those in need of prayer, healing and concrete help. Such gifts, I pray, prepare the way for the Gospel to be heard.

Thank you for your willingness to join with me in sharing the Good News of our Savior with those in need. The Appeal enables all of us to reach out beyond the walls of our parish church to advance the Church’s mission.

May God richly bless you and all your loved ones!

Sincerely in Christ,

+Mark E. Brennan
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston