During this Easter Season, we hear from the Acts of the Apostles “Look at those Christians, see how they love one another”! As we celebrate the gift of the risen Lord in our midst this Easter Season, let us remember the love of God who gave all for us and that same love that we are called to share with each other.
The theme this year for the Annual Catholic Appeal is: “Thy will be done.” Please support the Annual Catholic Appeal and help those in need.
Together, we can give a face to God’s love as a parish by participating in the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your gift will help ensure we will be able to reach out with a message of hope and peace, celebrating the sacraments, and healing those in need. The Annual Catholic Appeal provides resources for Catholic education and the many ministries and apostolates that address spiritual and material poverty.
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.
The reason I am asking for your support today is 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 30% 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 17-18; 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
Special congratulations for our Eighth Grade Students who received the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation this past Thursday. May this gift strengthen and encourage you in all the years to come. May the good Lord guide and protect you as you live out your Christian vocation of making Christ known to others.
We are St. Gabriel!