Dear Sisters and Brothers –
Any time I write about finances, it’s clear that the only way to begin is with gratitude. Today is no exception. Last week I stood at Mass before you virtually and asked for your support of the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal, a collection that each of the 90+ parishes throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco makes annually to support the ministries of the large local Church. And you responded with such generosity. More than 140 of you donated about $29,000, bringing our total to approximately $102,000. (There is some lag time in the full reporting.) We’re over halfway there. I am so grateful, especially in these times that are difficult for many of you financially.
As many of you know, one of my favorite prayers about discipleship with Jesus comes from St. Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body now on earth, but yours;
no hands, but yours; no feet, but yours.
It is your eyes through which
Christ's compassion looks out to the world;
your feet with which he must walk about doing good;
your hands with which he blesses humanity;
your voice with which his forgiveness is spoken;
your heart with which he now loves.
The Archdiocesan Appeal enables our feet to walk into hospitals and jails to visit the sick and imprisoned. It allows our hands to bless low-income students with Catholic education. And it lends our voices to those who serve the children of God who speak a language different than ours.
We still have a way to go, another $95,000 to raise. But, if those who have previously supported the AAA in the past two years, and if our new virtual parishioners join in, we will reach our goal. Please be as generous as your circumstances allow. Please click HERE to donate. Thank you!
God bless you, and
Oremus pro invicem.