Catholic Services Appeal video highlights need

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Staff of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Mission Advancement hope potential donors to the Catholic Services Appeal and those who have given in the past will view a new video that seeks to put a face on the need of the appeal.

The five-minute video highlights a few ways the Catholic Services Appeal helps people in the 24 counties of the Archdiocese of Louisville. This year, the appeal seeks to raise $3.25 million to fund more than 100 ministries, services and programs at the archdiocesan and parish levels.

In the video, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz invites parishioners to consider a gift to the CSA.

“Each year, we gather as one family of faith in order to support so many good things that happen because of your generosity,” he says in the video.

Lori Irvin, a former client of the Sister Visitor Center, speaks in the video about how the center, operated by Catholic Charities of Louisville, assisted her with medication, rent, food and utilities — all with funds from the CSA.

“Sister Visitor, to me, has just been a rock. When I was in need, I could come to Sister Visitor without being judged,” she said.

Tony Cecil, a 2011 graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Ky., and a seminarian for the archdiocese, describes in the video his gratitude for those who contribute to the CSA, which helps fund tuition for seminarians.

“When I’m in the classroom … I can’t help but think of the family that didn’t go out to dinner so they could give that money to the CSA,” Cecil says in the video. “CSA kind of creates an image of who we are as a church because it enables us to really be there for people when they need the church the most.

Also shown in the video is Father William Bowling, pastor of St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky., and Holy Name of Mary Church in Calvary, Ky. Father Bowling describes the needs of people in his community.

“We help to feed people. We help to shelter people. We help to keep them in shelter. We help to take care of basic needs so they can pull their lives back together when they are in a bit of a crisis,” he says.

Read more about 2015 Catholic Services Appeal.

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