Sisters in Christ,
May God bless you!
The Season of Advent is a holy time when Catholics reflect upon and cherish the precious gift bestowed on them by our Lord Jesus Christ. As the church year is renewed, we, too, renew our faith through the celebration of Christ’s birth. We also reflect upon Jesus Christ and how we are called to live out the Gospel call to serve others.
This past year has been an exciting time for our faith as Pope Francis calls us to heal wounds and warm hearts. In his recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis discusses the significance of our faith in Jesus Christ and our response to those in need:
“Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members. Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society.”
The year 2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of Catholic Charities, an organization that embodies our call to serve others, in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Just last year, the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities provided an array of services for more than 20,000 men, women and children on your behalf.
Whether it is feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, comforting the aged or providing counsel to those in crisis, Catholic Charities brings the Gospel to life by recognizing the human dignity inherent in all individuals.
The annual Christmas collection is designated to support the work of Catholic Charities. I invite your engagement with this integral ministry through a generous contribution on Christmas Day. Together, we can ensure the continuance of our Church’s mission of charity as we share Christ’s love for all people.
I pray for God’s blessings on all of you as we celebrate this holy season!
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville