During this Easter season we hear the stories of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles “Look at those Christians, see how they love one another”!
The theme this year for the Annual Catholic Appeal is: Tell Your Story, we all have story after story to share with others of the fruitful witness of generosity and mercy, sacrifice and charity, love and joy, in our lives!
Stories reveal who we are. They bind us together and preserve our memories. Stories teach important lessons about life and faith. Every story - including yours - contributes to who we are as Church and reveals Christ Himself to the world. All of these stories tell one story...the story of Christ among us. Your support helps make the story of our Catholic Church in St. Louis complete.
Our Annual Catholic Appeal is the largest and most important annual appeal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Your donations are vital to so many in our Archdiocese. Those you help are: our school children, our teachers, our senior citizens, and our parishes in need. This appeal also reaches out to a wider community in our city, to the poor, the homeless and the most vulnerable in our society, all are helped by your generous donations.
Thank you for your generous support of the Appeal in the past. Wherever people have a genuine need in our Archdiocese, the Annual Catholic Appeal is likely to be involved in meeting that need. Your gift is critical to the success of this Appeal. This is one time a year; we come together as Catholics to make this gift to those who need us. At times of joy and celebration, loneliness and grief, birth and death they come to the Church. Your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps the Church be the Church for them.
I am asking for your support today because I know of your generosity in assisting those in need. I am so proud of all we do here at St. Gabriel, for those in need, and I would love it if we could once again bring Christ’s face to our community here in St. Louis. The last few years only 40% of our parishioners have participated in this appeal; that percentage can and should rise. I would love it if 100% of our parish would participate, even if it were only $10. Our sharing with those in need would speak volumes to our world. There is a Haitian saying that says: “that God gives the gifts, but doesn’t share. The sharing is up to us”.
I would ask that all of you prayerfully and thoughtfully consider a gift this year. If you cannot make a monetary gift this year, I would ask that you remember those most in need in your prayers as we show solidarity with all the people of God. If you have any questions or concerns about the campaign please contact me.
Our Appeal begins the weekend of April 21-22, 2018; let us pray for its success and for the Church of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. May God bless you and your family.
Msgr. John Shamleffer
Stewardship Reflection ~ April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ But they were startled and frightened…” ‐ LUKE 24:36‐37
Throughout the day we have many opportunities to “see the face of Jesus” in others and to “be the face of Jesus” to others. Do we take that opportunity to provide “peace” to those we encounter or are we afraid of what others will think of us and do nothing? Pray for the strength to live a “God‐centered” life and not a “self ‐centered” life.
We are St. Gabriel!