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'Teach, Bless, Serve'
O'Hara School photo
First graders from O'Hara School in Eugene stuff blessing bags for needy. The Annual Catholic Appeal supports Catholic school families, among many causes.
“Teach, Bless, Serve” is the theme for the 2013 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. The Appeal provides an opportunity for parishioners to join together in support of the numerous ministries and programs that serve the Catholic Church in western Oregon. Commitment Sunday will be held on Feb. 10. The goal for this year’s Appeal is $3,640,000. The ministries and programs supported by the Appeal are vital to the life of the Archdiocese.
Evangelization is part of the essential mission of the Church. In writing about this year’s Appeal Archbishop John G. Vlazny stated that, “By working together in this Year of Faith, you and I can indeed cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the Church’s work of renewal in our own lives and in the lives of those to whom we reach out through our ministries of evangelization.” He noted, “The essential mission of evangelization is as important today as it has ever been.”
Programs as tuition assistance for students in Catholic schools, campus ministry to those attending universities, and youth and young adult ministry depend upon support from the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. Ministries that reach out to the various ethnic communities in the Church in addition to Hispanic ministry, support for ministry to the Catholic Deaf community and ministry to people with disabilities are examples of real people with real needs being assisted by the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. The Appeal also provides support for priests on medical leave and assistance to retired priests, provides for continuing education of priests, provides for the education of seminarians, the training of permanent deacons and lay ministry training and formation.
The ministries and programs supported by the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal depend on all parishioners working together. Archbishop Vlazny stated, “it is in that spirit of co-responsibility for the evangelizing mission of the Church that I know I can count on your support once again for our Archdiocesan ministries to people in need. Together, we can accomplish so much…teaching, blessing and serving one another in Christ.”
Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider a significant contribution to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal in support of the vital ministries in the Archdiocese.