My Dear Friends in Christ:
Pope Francis invites us to “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.” Here, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, this invitation is symbolized in our Holy Door, which stands open throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy, inviting all of us in to experience the mercy of Christ our Savior.
As our Parish focuses on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year, the 2016 Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA), with its theme of “Opening the Door of His Mercy,” offers each of us an opportunity to express mercy and compassion toward those in need, especially the poor in our community. CSA contributions also help spread the hopeful Gospel message of Christ across the Diocese and here at our parish. Indeed, as a Diocesan Church we are committed to sharing the joy of knowing and loving Christ by serving others. And so, I think it is wonderful that the theme for this year’s Catholic Sharing Appeal is “Opening the Door of His Mercy.”
This year’s overall CSA goal is $1.7 million; our parish goal for this year’s appeal is $19,795.00. The Diocese will use its share of these funds to benefit families and communities most in need, as described in the enclosed brochure. I invite you to read the enclosed brochure.
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph will receive 50% of all money pledged by our parishioners, once we have met our goal, enabling us to:
- continue our support of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center,
- support the work being done at the House of Hagar, the Catholic Worker House in our East Wheeling Neighborhood, and
- purchase new materials for faith formation.
Because of your generosity last year, the Cathedral of Saint Joseph exceeded its goal of $20,390.00 by 226%! I thank each of the 109 individuals who gave to the Catholic Sharing Appeal last year for that success. I know that we can exceed our parish goal again this year. I ask you to help make this possible. I invite each member of the parish to see the Catholic Sharing Appeal as a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of knowing and living Christ and to express thanks to the Diocese for all it does for our Cathedral parish.
I personally contribute to the Catholic Sharing Appeal. I invite you to join me Opening the Door of His Mercy by giving to this year’s Appeal. Please reflect prayerfully on your personal response. With the generosity of St. Joseph, our patron, as your model, please consider some sacrificial offering, in addition to your regular, generous contributions to our Parish. I thank you in advance for your gift. With every prayer and best wish for you and your families, I am
Affly yours in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Kevin Michael Quirk, JCD