Diocese gives thanks for the generosity of God's people

Mass of Thanksgiving 2012
It was a day to remember God's many blessings as nearly 1,300 gathered to participate in the celebration of the Diocese of Orlando's annual Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando on November 4. Bishop John Noonan thanked the congregation, comprised of people who contributed to the Alive in Christ capital campaign or made a gift to Our Catholic Appeal during the past year, for their generosity and commitment to the diocesan efforts.

"Catholic Charities and our parishes are actively involved in the needs of all people, not just Catholics, but all people. What truly makes us Catholic is our generosity and service and our faith and for that, I sincerely thank you," Bishop Noonan said.

As part of the celebration, four parishioners shared how their lives have been touched by each effort. Fifth year seminarian Chris Dorsey thanked Our Catholic Appeal donors for giving him the opportunity to discern priesthood and his relationship with Christ and to fully understand God's call. He spoke on his studies and the many opportunities afforded to him as he prepares to minister to God's people. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Military Services, Dorsey is also preparing to become a soldier and serve the men and women of the U.S. Armed Force as a military chaplain.

"Being able to be among the people is what I feel God is truly calling me to do," Dorsey said. "None of this could happen if I did not have the support and prayers of all of you. You have given me that opportunity to take that time to study and work on my relationship with the Lord. And for that, I can't express my complete gratitude. I want to give my heartfelt thank you to all of you."

Vocations run deep in Margarita Feuerbacher's family. Her uncle is a priest and her aunt is a religious sister.

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