Rise, and be not afraid. Your support of our mission will enable us to respond to the needs of our communities, especially during these challenging times, and continue the work of Christ to bring people of Southeast Michigan the kind of hope that does not disappoint.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, in his letter to the Colossians the apostle St. Paul urges this early Christian community whatever you do do from the heart. These words are particularly meaningful since he wrote them from prison, facing hardship and persecution. St. Paul knew that being rooted in the Lord would serve them well as they continued to grow as a faith community. The same focus on the Lord and his mission has guided the church over the years as she fulfills Jesus’s call to go and make disciples of all nations. Like Saint Paul and the Colossians, we in Southeast Michigan face our own hardships. But we too can find wisdom in St. Paul’s words to act from the heart. This past year we have seen all of us in the local church embrace our missionary identity in new ways. We’ve seen the holy spirit working to keep us focused on our shared mission to share Christ with others.
In order to continue this essential work of the Holy Spirit, we turn to our 2021 Catholic services appeal seeking to fuel the mission of our present moment. Your generosity will allow us to respond to the material and spiritual needs of individuals and families throughout Southeast Michigan. Will you please consider praying for our mission? And if you are able, please consider making a gift to this year’s Catholic services appeal, whether through prayers or gifts. I thank you for all you do for the church in your parishes, schools, and communities. You can count on my prayers for you and your families. And together let us ask the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes of Detroit’s own priest, blessed Solanus Casey, and of our patroness St. Anne. Thank you and God bless you.