Dear Friends in Christ,
As the season changes and the blossoms start to bloom, we feel a sense of renewal upon us here and are hopeful about the year ahead. We have seen many new faces at Catholic Charities over the past 12 months, mainly due to the economy and life circumstances. The face we’re speaking of is one who comes from a hard working class family but has had a difficult time trying to find work and can’t quite make it to the end of the month.
Each day, the offices of Catholic Charities are full of families who continue to struggle to put food on the table for their children, to keep the lights on, the water running and to find jobs to sustain them. We have found that many who do have jobs lack transportation or childcare. In 2015, we distributed almost 2 million pounds of food, most of which went to children under the age of 17. Throughout the Diocese, we served over 300 clients per day with bags of groceries; clothing and other needed services that we offer here at Catholic Charities.
As the needs continue to grow in our Diocese, we count on you, our friends, to help make a difference in the lives of those we serve. When you invest in Catholic Charities, your donation stays right in your own community and a monthly pledge of $50.00 or more will make a significant difference in the lives of those we serve. We are pleased to share with you that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes back to programs and services.
Pope Francis expresses his concerns, stating; “Today, it breaks my heart to say it, funding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, but the many children who don’t have food—that’s not news. This is grave. We can’t rest easy while things are this way.”
Our prayer for this Lenten season is that we all might reach out to the marginalized, the most vulnerable of our communities and make a difference. God bless you for blessing us!