Letter from the archbishop

Annual collection will assist
‘Black and Indian Missions’

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

The Catholic Church has a rich history in the United States. Today, we continue to build the church by the witness of our lives as baptized Catholics.

This weekend, we will take up the collection for the annual Black and Indian Missions. Our theme for the 2012 Collection — “Faith: Anchored in Jesus, Alive in Mission” — echoes the recent announcement of 2012 being the “Year of Faith” from our Holy Father.

Your contributions support missionaries here in the United States who are evangelizing in the Black and indigenous Catholic communities. Your monetary sacrifices assist with mission schools, religious education programs, the purchase of Catechetical materials, Bibles and ministry training, as well as many other programs and ministries that help to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.

Evangelization efforts among African American, Native American, Eskimo and Aleut communities’ churches and schools depend on the annual evangelization grants to continue building their Christian communities and sharing the joy of knowing Christ. Your mission efforts at home have a huge impact on the Church of the United States. Learn more about the Black and Indian Mission Office at www.blackandindianmission.org.

One way you can answer your call to evangelize is through your support of this worthy collection. Please be generous to the 2012 Annual Black and Indian Mission Collection.

Sincerely yours in our Lord,

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville

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