My Dear Parishioners,
Happy Father’s Day! Today we honor and thank our dads. We remember how important their love and example are to our families. Your Father’s Day envelopes with your intentions written on them will stay on the reredos (back altar) for the rest of the month of June. It is appropriate that they are there at the base of the statue of St. Joseph, the patron of all fathers. We thank our fathers for giving us what we need to become the people God calls us to be.
Once again the Catholic Church in the US is celebrating a “Fortnight for Freedom.” They are identifying it as Religious Freedom Week. People of faith are committed to serving others in God’s love in healthcare, child welfare, migration and refugee resettlement, education, and more. Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve. Religious Freedom Week begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher. Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity. Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek!
God Bless you,
Archbishop Chaput has asked that the following letter be communicated to the faithful over this weekend.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Soon our diocese will take the Peter’s Pence Collection. This global collection supports the Holy Father as he reaches out in mercy and charity to people who are suffering. Your generosity will help Pope Francis ease the suffering of some of the most marginalized throughout the world and show them the tender love of God.
Pope Francis challenges us to look at those around us with the eyes of mercy. He says, “We encounter so many weary and oppressed people today…And how is our heart? Is it merciful? And our way of thinking and acting, is it inclusive?” (Jubilee Audience, Nov. 12, 2016). I invite you to reflect on how you feel moved to answer the call to mercy.
In Iraq, many people still live a nightmare of war and violence. This has left many displaced, including young people in the midst of their studies. Without an educated population, it will be difficult for the country to gain stability. But with the support of your diocese to the Peter’s Pence Collection, the Archdiocese of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, has received funding for 10 scholarships for young displaced persons. With this help, the students can complete their university education and move forward with the hope of rebuilding their country.
This year the Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken at all Masses on the weekend of June 23 and June 24, 2018. Let us join with our brothers and sisters in faith from around the globe to help Pope Francis reach the marginalized in our world. Please prayerfully consider how you can best support the collection this year.
Gratefully and with best wishes in Jesus Christ,
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia