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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past year has been a time of deep hardship and struggle for all of us. And yet we stand today with a profound sense of hope, in the vaccines that will be capable of delivering us from the darkness of pandemic.
For us as disciples of Jesus Christ, hope is the light that guides our pilgrim journey on this earth. The hope that springs from the love of a God who loves each of us personally and intimately with grace that knows no bounds. The hope which lies in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The hope that lies in the life of the Church which sustains us and nurtures us with the sacramental life and the call of the Gospel.
It is so appropriate that the theme of our Annual Catholic Appeal this year is “Renewing Hope.” For the work of the diocese of San Diego in the coming months will indeed be to reawaken and strengthen hope as we move out of pandemic and into a genuine renewal of the life of the Church in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
This reawakening will take place through our parishes, schools, families, and in our outreach to the needy and the marginalized in our midst. For this reason, the funds for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year will go to the formation of and care for our priests, who shepherd our parishes in this time of suffering and renewal. They will support our Catholic schools and faith formation programs, which bring hope and faith to our young people. The Appeal will support our office of marriage, family life and spirituality in its focus on strengthening the family at this key moment in our history. And the Appeal will help Catholic Charities to reach out to those who have suffered most greatly from the social and economic devastation of the past year.
In our Annual Catholic Appeal you will be bringing hope to our young people and families, to our parish communities and to our world. I ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this splendid work of the Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy
Dear Friends in Christ,
Each year we are invited to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal, which supports ministries and services at St. Michael’s and throughout the Diocese. The theme of this year’s appeal is Renewing Hope—quite appropriate for all of us right now.
Our parish assessment this year is the same as last year’s amount: $119,500. Unfortunately, we did not make the 2020 benchmark and ended up paying the Diocese $6,200 out of our own funds.
I know that many people and families are struggling right now. If that is your case, I ask that you pray diligently for our parish and this appeal. However, if you are at all able to be in a position of generosity, I ask that you pledge accordingly. We certainly do not want to come up short like we did last year; and any monies over our assessment come directly back to St. Michael’s.
Your participation matters, both in prayer and in giving. A response card envelope was mailed to all registered parishioners. Unless you choose to give online, you may return this envelope at the Offering Box at Mass, at the Parish Office, or by U.S. mail.
May God continue to bless St. Michael’s, and may God bless you in your prayerful consideration of this request.
Fr. Brent Kruger