Catholic Charities Appeal and Prayer for Vocations
My Dear Parishioners,
This weekend the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is asking that we have the “in-pew” portion of the 2021 Catholic Charities Appeal. In your pews today are pledge cards for this campaign. In case you misplaced your pledge card you can fill out one of these and send it in. Archbishop Perez said in his letter:
The Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is our single largest fundraising initiative each year. Through this Appeal, we support over 180 separate charities that bring hope to every community in our diocese. Each neighborhood and street in our region is impacted positively by it and the Appeal needs you now more than ever before.
In the face of ongoing uncertainty, CCA gives hope and provides essential social services like meals for families, diapers for mothers, emergency rent assistance, and countless other modes of assistance. The work supported by the appeal is vital. It changes and saves lives each day. However, we can’t continue doing it without your generosity.
I want to thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph parish in these very difficult and trying times. If you are able to contribute to the Catholic Charities Appeal, I know it is very effective at helping those in need. To date, St. Joseph parishioners have contributed $20,857 to the 2021 campaign which is 54 % of the goal that the Archdiocese set for us.
This Saturday, May 16th Archbishop Perez ordained 2 men to the priesthood for our Archdiocese. They are Fr. Ken Cavara, and Fr. Mark Tobin. Please pray for them as they assume their first assignments. It is also a good idea to pray for all priests at this time, as this is the time when many of the priest changes are announced. While we rejoice and celebrate the ordination of these two men, clearly we need more priests. Please pray for vocations. We are in serious need. It is a good idea to encourage young men you know to consider if they are being called to the priesthood. For more information about the Diocesan Priesthood in Philadelphia, visit www.heedthecall.org.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, religious and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
© U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Clergy,
Consecrated Life and Vocations
God Bless You!