Diocese gives thanks to Catholics who share the love of Christ



After 25 years of serving the community from a small, rented space in a commercial plaza, the Prince of Peace “Like New” thrift shop in Ormond Beach has a new home – a 6,400 sq. ft. facility on parish grounds. The shop was built thanks to parishioners who gave generously to the parish’s Alive in Christ Campaign.

On Nov. 15, Gretel Abad, parishioner and director of Social Services at Prince of Peace, thanked the parish’s benefactors during the Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop John Noonan at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando. Supported by The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, the annual Mass of Thanksgiving is celebrated to honor those families who faithfully support Our Catholic Appeal and give generously to Alive in Christ.

“As St. Paul points out in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, ‘whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he is decided in his heart, not reluctantly or out of compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7),” she said. “Thank you to all of you who cheerfully and generously donated to the Alive in Christ campaign.”

Meghan Post, president of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida echoed Abad’s gratitude.

“I find this Mass particularly special because it gives me the opportunity to stand before you and say, ‘thank you for everything you do to share the love of Christ,’ “ Post said to the congregation. “There is no question that you are indeed sharing Christ’s love in tremendous ways.”

Post said gifts made to Our Catholic Appeal this past year have allowed the diocese to support 35 men in formation for the priesthood and to strengthen its vocations discernment programs. In addition, 7 million pounds of food made its way to hungry families through Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

She also noted that parishioners embraced other stewardship opportunities as well throughout the year. Fourteen parish and schools received a total of $1.2 million from estate plans while a host of other families helped raise $1.7 million to support the construction of our new Catholic Campus Ministry Center at the University of Central Florida.

“I am happy to report that the number of Catholic students involved in liturgical ministries at UCF has now reached an all-time high,” Post said.

Bishop Noonan also expressed his deepest gratitude to the congregation.

I am eternally grateful to you for your help, for your generosity, for your sacrifice, and for your gifts,” he said. “I say thank you. I say gracias. I say merci beaucoup. But above all, I pray that God blesses you in your endeavors to serve and care for our brothers and sisters in need. So this day, as we come close to our Thanksgiving, I thank you and pray that the Lord will always bless you.”

 

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