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My Dear Friends in Christ,

The beauty of Christ can be found in many places – in a morning sunrise, in the smiles of our neighbors, in the hands of the elderly. One way that some of us experience God’s beauty is simply by sitting in church and admiring the gentle light of His love shining through the stained-glass windows. Just as light coming through stained-glass windows fills the church with beauty, so does God’s love fill the Church, His people, with life.

We can shine the same light into the lives of others simply by the love we show, the hope we provide, the gifts we give, and the ministries we deliver. The Catholic Sharing Appeal provides invaluable support for West Virginia parishes as well as shared ministries such as youth and children’s ministries, Catholic education, catechist and teacher training, and support for the poor and most vulnerable. I ask you to consider how God’s light marvelously shines through stained-glass, filling the church with life and beauty and to reflect on how you can continue to bring light and God’s love to those around you.

I invite you to join me in sharing God’s love and in serving as a light for all to see by making a gift to the Catholic Sharing Appeal.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Mark E. Brennan
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston