LETTER FROM BISHOP DIMARZIO
Dear Friends in Christ,
We all have received countless blessings in our lives because of the generosity of God. Through these gifts, we are called to assist our brothers and sisters in need, which is perhaps our most tangible demonstration of faith, love and living the words of Jesus.
Today marks the beginning of the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme for the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal, Share the Joy of the Gospel, is inspired by Pope Francis from his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (“Evangelii Gaudium”). “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew.”
The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal offers an opportunity for all making a gift to encounter Jesus by supporting critically important ministries of our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens: Catholic Charities, support for vocations and for our retired priests, tuition assistance for Catholic education, Catholic Migration Services, chaplaincies, faith formation and parish assistance to name just a few. Your gift in support of these ministries, each meeting needs much larger than one parish alone can serve, helps make Christ Jesus, our hope, present to all in an immediate and powerful way. Please consider making a sacrificial pledge to the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal.
Thanking you for your consideration and asking the Lord to extend His choicest blessings upon you, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
MOST REVEREND NICHOLAS DIMARZIO, PH.D., D.D.
BISHOP OF BROOKLYN