My Dear Parishioners,
Please continue to keep our 3rd graders in your prayers. They will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday. Please pray for their families too, that they will help their children stay close to the Lord by bringing them to Mass regularly. We ask that parents bring their first communicants to Church for Sunday Mass dressed in their Communion outfits so that we can congratulate them.
Archbishop Perez has asked that the following letter be communicated to all parishes this weekend.
God Bless you,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Here in the United States there are great needs for evangelization and sharing the message of Christ and the beauty of the Church. The Church at home needs to be strengthened. Soon, as a diocese, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal (CHMA), which supports the neediest dioceses in the United States. This appeal makes the most basic faith programs possible and shares the Gospel message with our brothers and sisters in dioceses where Church communities are struggling.
In their 2000 pastoral letter Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration, the bishops of the United States called the faithful to embrace an approach to criminal justice that takes into account the dignity of crime victims and their families, communities, and offenders.
The Catholic Home Missions–funded Diocese of Santa Rosa is answering this call for an approach that upholds justice and healing in its six counties of northwestern California, stretching from Napa in the south along the coastline to the Oregon border. The diocese’s Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries program (www.restorejusticesantarosa.org) works to fulfill the bishops’ vision through various activities that include support for inmates reentering society, as well as pastoral ministries for crime victims and their families, justice system personnel, and inmates. The program’s broad range of goals are being implemented, expanded, and refined yearly with financial assistance from the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. When you participate in the appeal, you join in the Church’s healing mission of mercy to all.
Your support of this appeal makes a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters right here in the United States. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the appeal this year. Thank you for strengthening the Church at home.
Gratefully and with best wishes in Jesus Christ,
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia