Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus cares. He was deeply compassionate towards people who suffered and went through pain. He was always willing to help those who were affected by demonic influences and wanted to liberate them from it. However, performing miracles came at a cost, and after a period of healing, he felt exhausted. This exhaustion was not only physical but also spiritual, and Jesus needed prayer to replenish his strength. He relied on his relationship with the Father to sustain him.
Jesus’ mission and ministry did not end when he ascended to heaven. He entrusted this responsibility to his disciples so that the church could continue to care for people and show compassion for life’s difficulties, be it caused by personal sin, illness, or other suffering. As Christians, we should be proud of the great things achieved in Jesus’ name, and our church has a long history of serving not just our members but also the wider communities where we live. The Archdiocese has been running the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries since 1992, ensuring that essential ministries receive adequate support. This year’s theme is “Faith in Action: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities”. Let’s celebrate all the wonderful things the Lord can accomplish through us – through our prayers, acts of kindness, and mercy.
With Catholic Charities, the Institute for Evangelization, its parish renewal program, O’Dwyer Retreat House, Family and Youth Ministries, Vocations and Clergy Formation, Bereavement, Hospital Chaplaincy, and much more, countless lives are changed. We cannot accomplish the amount of good on our own strength, ability, or resources. We are reliant on the Lord and should strive to seek the Lord’s mercy and graces in prayer for our parish and our many ministries.
As a parish, I’m incredibly grateful for all of the work that our parishioners do. Together, we are committed to taking care of our neighbors and spend countless hours in prayer at home, in our church, and in our adoration chapel. Thanks to the parish rebate we receive from the Appeal, we can share 40% of it with our sister parishes, Our Lady of the Nativity in Haiti and St. Veronica in Baltimore. Our contribution helps empower them to be a light to their communities, just as we strive to do in ours. While they have passionate parishioners like we do, they can achieve so much more with the resources we provide.