Dear Friends in Christ,
In St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has gone away to pray. He is weary from his regimen and tempted by the devil to defy God. Through Jesus' response, we are reminded that the first commandment requires us to nourish and protect our faith and to reject everything that is opposed to it.
Pope Francis said, “Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of this Word… We must get rid of idols, of vanities, and build our lives on the essentials.”
The ministries supported by Our Catholic Appeal help us build our lives on the essentials; they guide us to grow in our love of God and to bring forth the excelling Sacramental love with one another. From training those who help enkindle a deeper faith in others to helping our young adults discern their vocation, to presenting retreats for our priests who labor daily on our behalf to providing God’s healing mercy, your gift reveals God and our service to Him.
Annual gifts to Our Catholic Appeal provide essential funding to 27 ministries that benefit every Catholic parish, school and family in Central Florida. Through your generosity, we bring about the glory of God on earth.
I hope you will join me by making your 2016 gift to Our Catholic Appeal today, if you have not done so already. Just visit www.cfocf.org/OCA/give to make your pledge quickly and easily.
You may also view my 2016 video, which highlights the ministries made possible through your gift.
I thank you for your faithfulness and your generosity.