Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
May God bless you! Your parish will be taking up the annual Peter’s Pence Collection this weekend. The Peter’s Pence Collection is an opportunity for the Church around the world to stand in solidarity with those who suffer and are marginalized. Our brothers and sisters in Haiti, for example, have faced difficult challenges as they rebuild from the 2010 earthquake and then Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Buildings have been destroyed, and many communities have struggled to rebuild in the wake of these natural disasters.
Our diocese’s generosity to this collection provides much-needed support for the people of Haiti and other people in need around the world. Pope Francis calls each of us to “respond with faith and charity” and to see in each person “a human being with a dignity identical to my own, a creature infinitely loved by the Father, an image of God, a brother or sister redeemed by Jesus Christ” (Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, no. 98). When you support the collection, you affirm the dignity of our brothers and sisters all over the globe. Your contributions help Pope Francis respond in our name with efforts of mercy and grace.
Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection as an act of mercy and charity. Join our brothers and sisters in faith around the world to help Pope Francis reach the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. For more information about the collection, visit www.usccb.org/peters-pence.
Thank you for your generosity.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville