Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God is the author of every blessing that we know in this world, every grace that brings joy to our heart, every strength and hope that carry us through the difficult times that come to all of us.
For this reason, the fundamental stance we as Catholics have toward our God is one of gratitude, and the fundamental disposition of the Christian moral life is to root every dimension of our journey of life on this earth in an abiding sense of thanksgiving.
Such a stance of gratitude orients our life of prayer and union with the Lord, understanding that God always stands with us. Gratitude enriches our life of family and friendship, of work and citizenship in this blessed land, and of encounter with those in need.
Christian gratitude also embraces our life of faith and membership in the Church, leading us to contribute our time, talent and financial resources to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in San Diego and Imperial Counties through our parishes and the work of the diocese that goes beyond the capabilities of any one parish. The diocese supports a vital array of ministries, vocations and charities in the name of Our Lord — through Catholic Schools, Religious Education Programs, Clergy and Seminarian Support and Catholic Charities.
Our Annual Appeal provides the foundation for enabling us to carry out these vital works of faith and service in your name, and for that reason I ask you to prayerfully consider participating generously in this year’s appeal, with the knowledge that in doing so, you enter more fully into the work of Christ and the mission of discipleship at this crucial moment in human history.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy
Dear Friends in Christ,
All of us are invited to be Partners in the Mission of Christ! This call is not only in our parish but in our Diocese of San Diego, especially through the Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which begins the weekend of February 8-9, 2020.
Our parish assessment this year is $119,500. The brochure explains how contributions will be used at the diocesan level. Programs relating to Catholic Charities, Education, Priestly and Religious Vocations, and Marriage and Family Life will be supported by your gift.
Did you know that any amount beyond our assessment will be returned to us to carry on the Mission of Christ here at St. Michael’s? So, please make your pledge today and help us continue the Mission of Christ that has been entrusted to you and to all of us at St. Michael’s.
Your participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal, regardless of the gift amount, makes a difference. For your convenience, I have enclosed a response card envelope.
Unless you choose to give online, please return the response card envelope in the collection basket at Mass, to the parish office, or by mail.
May God bless you always,
Fr. Mel Monreal