Friday, February 16, 2007

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2007

I thank all those have made a pledge/contribution in response to last weekend’s appeal.

We had a good beginning, but we have some distance to go before reaching our parish goal of 35,912. I urge all our households to participate. Pledge envelopes are in the pews. All funds of Together in Mission go to assist parishes and schools in our archdiocese that are struggling financially. This is a great work of charity, sharing and caring.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2007: Together in Mission

This is Commitment Weekend. I urge all of our parishioners to help in this vital work of charity and concern for others.

The funds raised by Together in Mission enable parishes and schools in low income areas of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to continue their ministry and mission.

Each parish participates in their annual appeal and each parish is assessed a goal, the amount of which is based on the income of the parish. St. Bernard’s goal for this year is $35,912. Our parish school is blessed this year by receiving $25,000 from Together in Mission, for which we are very grateful.

The funds collected by Together in Mission are used only to provide help for those parishes and schools, designated by the committee of clergy, religious and laity that oversees the distribution of the funds.

Please make a pledge today, be it great or small, but let it reflect your charity and generosity. Pledge envelopes are in the pews.

Thank you.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Together in Mission 2007: A Time for Reflection

This week, you are asked to read and reflect upon the Together in Mission materials in the bulletin today. Those of you who receive the archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings, will receive more information about the campaign in this week’s edition.

Together in Mission provides substantial financial support to 35 parishes and 48 schools in our Archdiocese. These parishes and schools provide education, ministry and a Catholic presence for
tens of thousands of people.

Sometimes it is difficult to envision how your pledge can help so many people. But, it does. To see how, please review the materials and read the statements of those whose parishes and
schools receive support.

The theme of the campaign is “Blessed Are They Who Hope in the Lord" (Psalm 40:5). Together in Mission provides an opportunity to show our concern for those served by the parishes and schools that need your financial support.

If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back or bring it to Mass next weekend. Also, we will conduct our annual Together in Mission in-pew pledge process
at all Masses next weekend and the following weekend.

As always, what you give should be given in gratitude for what God has given to you. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.