In my May Four County Catholic article, I asked people to share with me their thoughts on why they donate to the Annual Catholic Appeal each year. As our year comes to a close, I reflect back on some of what I had gathered and noticed the common theme of giving from the heart. From people that I have had contact with, it is clear to me that we give our hard-earned money to the Annual Catholic Appeal, “One Faith, One Family” for one reason, and that is love.
Whether it be the needs of the family whose sole provider has been affected by COVID-19 or whose job has been lost because of its economic aftermath; the mom of three who takes great comfort from the programs offered by the Office of Faith Events; or the young seminarian who is working hard to become a shepherd for many, the needs of the ministries supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal are obviously great. To meet the needs of these ministries, each one of us prayerfully considers how we are best able to do our part, to be the hands of Christ.
While our hearts are filled with the love of Christ and our neighbors, we are each able to support the ACA in our own unique way. Some donate money, others volunteer and still others pray. To each of you, and for all you give, we say thank you and God Bless you for your love.
“We give to the ACA because we know the money will be put to good use, to help many more people that I can myself. I know the ministries have worked really hard during the pandemic and need our help.”
“The soup kitchens help keep families together. So many families are facing tough times. The family unit is so important to our future.”
“The seminarians are our future and need to be supported. It gives me such hope to see the young men and women dedicate themselves to Christ.”
“Our church does a lot to help, with our luncheons and making meals for the homeless, but with the ACA, more can be done for more people.”
“Sister Rita and her Ministry to the Sick have really been a comfort to many I know over the years. She is a true angel.”
“The programs that help our children get excited about Christ are incredible and need to be continued, no matter what- they are the future of the Church.”
“Although I don’t get to church as often as I would like because of my work schedule, I can easily give online and do my part.”
Thank you to each of you who has donated to this year’s ACA. We are truly humbled by your kindness and keep you in our prayers. For those of you who are interested in donating to the Annual Catholic Appeal for 2021, please contact our Campaign Manager, Heather Harris, at 860-886-1928 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also donate online at www.norwichdiocesedevelopment.org.
By Mary Ellen Mahoney