My Dear Parishioners,
Today we launch the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal: 60 Years of Giving Hope to All. The Catholic Charities Appeal is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s single most important annual fundraising initiative, and we’re counting on your support. This year marks the 60th anniversary of this appeal in Philadelphia. Poverty, hunger, and homelessness remain serious challenges in our community. That’s why on this 60th anniversary we ask you to look deeply within your heart to help us reach our goal of $12.5 million, as we strive to bring the gift of hope to our brothers and sisters in need. The Appeal’s beneficiaries are grouped into five key areas of focus: Education; Social Services; Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life; Clergy; and Local Mission Activities.
The Appeal will be a channel of hope for so many in need, and serve as a positive source for good in all facets of the Church of Philadelphia. This year our parish goal at St. Joseph is $38,677, the same goal that we had last year. Last year we raised 92% of that goal or $35,629. It will take the charity and generosity of every parishioner to help us get close to this goal. It is important that every parishioner and every parish do their part to help raise this $12.5 million, because we are one family in Christ. Taking care of those who need help the most is one of the most important things we can do as Catholics. I would also like to reassure you that any gift you make to the Catholic Charities Appeal will be appropriately stewarded and spent only in accordance with the case statement published by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Catholic Charities Appeal Board is there to ensure your funds are spent according to the purpose you donated towards. Thank you for your sacrifice. To see the Catholic Charities Appeal video, please go to www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org. Or visit our parish website www.saintjosephchurch.us.
Prayer for the Catholic Charities Appeal
God, our Father,
we thank you for all the gifts and blessings that you give out of your love for us all. You call us to open our hearts to share what we have been given. Grant that through giving to the Catholic Charities Appeal, we may bring joy, hope and strength to those most in need. Our charity towards those in need is a real way in which we show our gratitude and love for you.
Through this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal, may we help as many people as we can, including a young person striving to learn and grow in Faith; a deaf child receiving a quality Catholic Education; a veteran who is struggling with homelessness; a parish carrying out vital local missionary work; a retired priest who has dedicated his life to the needs of the faithful.
Help us to do all we can to make sure the “poor have their fill” of your blessings. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
May God Bless You,