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As our Holy Father reminds us...“There is no limit to the divine mercy, which is offered to everyone.”-Pope Francis
The theme for the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Gratitude in Action.” This theme is one of compassion, hope, and love. As disciples we are called to trust in Jesus’ mercy, to trust in his patience, to seek refuge always in his love. Jesus invites us to recognize him in the poor, in those who suffer, and those in need. We encounter God’s love when we express mercy and compassion, through stewardship and sacrifice.
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports those who attend Catholic school, formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of Young Adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.
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Please click the image below for an expanded view of Father Nick's letter:
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 BishopRobert W. McElroyBishop of San Diego and Imperial Counties
If you have supported us this year, we sincerely thank you for your wonderful and generous gifts toward the Annual Catholic Appeal. A gift to the Appeal is always a gift to the parish. Because of your joyful generosity, our parish community remains vibrantly united with the entire Church and is able to be more Alive in Christ!
Thank you so much! Our hearts overflow with gratitude and thankfulness for the prompt and gracious response from so many of our faith-filled families.
May God bless you abundantly always!
Parish-based and diocesan schools are assisted in their staff development, enrollment initiatives and mission advancement efforts as they strive to provide affordable and accessible education to every child and family who desires it, regardless of background, neighborhood, family income or culture.
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministries and the Diocesan Institute. These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministry Coordinators, catechists and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults.
Following the example of Jesus who “came not to be served but to serve”, Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity. The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
The Annual Catholic Appeal, in addition to providing support for seminary formation programs, also funds programs of continuing education and pastoral care for active and retired priests and deacons.
San Diego Diocese, Office for Social Ministry (Prison Ministry)
San Diego Diocese, Office for Young Adult Ministry
Saint Francis Center, The Office for Priestly Formation