Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
May God bless you! This Sunday, the Archdiocese of Louisville will collect donations for the annual Mission Collection, which supports the Propagation of the Faith and the Catholic Home Missions. These organizations fund the work of more than 1,100 mission dioceses around the world.
This collection provides an opportunity for all of us to promote a universal missionary spirit. The missionary mandate is always timely, especially as we seek to carry out the new evangelization. This spirit commits Christians to be joyful witnesses to the Good News for those near and far, making available their energies, means and even their lives.
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has descended upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Welcoming with joy the call to cooperate in the mission of salvation, every Christian knows that he or she can count on the presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Please be generous when the Mission Sunday collection is taken up in your parish this weekend.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville