“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Hope is a gift of God, a gift that energizes us to live deeply and generously.
Pope Francis describes hope as a sail, one that collects the wind of the Holy Spirit and transforms it into a driving force. As individuals, the gift of hope lifts us in times of despair. And as part of the greater Catholic family, we recognize that this hope is not passive, but transformative.
Not only are we called towards hope in our own hearts, but we are called to be sowers of hope in Christ’s name. This past year, you chose to share this abounding hope by making a gift to the Archbishop’s Appeal. Your gift has the power to share God’s love across our Archdiocese, and for this I am deeply grateful. Thank you!
I want to take this opportunity to share with you once again how your kind support makes an immediate and direct impact on our community. Your donations to the Archbishop’s Appeal are a driving force behind the work of our Pastoral Ministry team, who serve our Catholic family and broader community in countless ways. These include our priests, deacons, seminarians, youth ministers, hospital chaplains, and those working towards justice and reconciliation – each in their own ways sharing the faith and striving to bring hope, comfort and healing to those in need in our local parishes and our communities.
Your donations also offer support to special community projects that continue to share hope where it is needed most. Through grants we are able to support groups in our communities who, through initiatives reaching from education to healthcare, from Indigenous outreach to community celebrations, are enriching lives and sharing the gift of hope with the world.
Please know how profoundly grateful I am for your generosity, which allows us in turn to be generous with others who are engaged in good works.
In 2018, we will continue to move forward in implementing our archdiocesan priorities, striving to be a more consultative church, deeply rooted in the hope and mercy that comes from the Gospel. We hope to strengthen our parishes and expand our outreach, serving others and passing the faith on to future generations. I look forward to keeping you up to date on the progress we will make together.
As we enter the season of Lent, we are reminded that this is not only a time penance and reflection, but a time for hope. As St. Paul says “Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
Thank you for sharing this hope through your donations to the Archbishop’s Appeal. And may your own hope in Christ continue to guide your spirit and drive you forward to share His abounding love.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
+Donald Bolen Archbishop of Regina
“In God’s great mercy, we have been given a new birth into a living hope.” – 1 Peter 1:3
Dear friends in Christ,
The Gospel story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is one of profound hope.
Hope is so needed in our day. Our young people need it. Our parishes need it. Those who are struggling in one way or another need it. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be bearers of hope, building up hope in our communities, and communicating it to others by the way we live and by our active outreach in love.
The Archbishop’s Appeal is a tangible way in which we can foster hope, both in our parishes and in the community around us. It is a powerful way to make a difference and joyfully share your faith.
This past spring and summer, the archdiocese carried out a consultative process that involved many people. From this process, priorities have emerged. Nothing in the priorities list is dramatically new, but it presents a concise summary of what is asked of us as church at this moment in time. In order to live out these priorities well, we will need to work together.
I am asking for your generous help with this year’s Appeal. Your donation will allow us to build up the church and to share Christ’s mercy and hope in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. You can read about our priorities on the back side of this letter, and see in the brochure how your gifts are already working to share Christ’s love. Your generous contributions, big or small, make this important work possible.
As I think of those who will benefit from your faithful gift, I am reminded of how blessed we are here in Southern Saskatchewan. At the heart of who we are as Catholics and prairie people is an understanding that we are in this together. We know the blessing of loving our neighbours, sharing with those in need, and giving to those who would otherwise go without, just as Christ calls us to.
Thank you for all you do to share the light of Christ with others – in your families, in your local parishes, and in your communities. I am forever grateful for your continued support of our Archdiocese, and blessed to be able to share Christ’s love with you here.
You may not be aware of it, but you have given me an incredible gift.
I grew up in a family where faith was important. But as I got older, it became more difficult to keep my faith at the centre of my life. Like many young people I had so many questions about God, but no clue how to find the answers.
More than anything, I wanted to know if God had a plan for my life.
Through my involvement with the Church and the Archdiocese of Regina, my questions are finally being answered. I know that God has a plan for my life, and my current role at the archdiocese is a part of that calling.
And for me, this journey has been an incredible Gift of Mercy.
It was through my involvement with Youth Ministry as a young adult that I was able to have an incredible faith experience and to truly encounter God for the first time in my life. The Youth Ministry Office, along with an entire team of young adults, had to journey with me for a long time before I was able to give anything in return. They loved me even before I was willing to love them back.
That, my friend, is mercy.
Without Youth Ministry, I would not be the man I am today.
And your donation to the Archbishop's Appeal made this possible.
A friend of mine once described mercy as a gift that, once we receive it, we are called to give it away to others. Your donation to the Archbishop's Appeal has allowed me, and countless others, to do exactly that. The work we do every single day would not be possible without your support.
I can’t begin to express the difference you have made in my life, and how you have touched the lives of so many in our Catholic family of faith. For your gifts, your prayers, and your commitment to Our Lord in your own faith, I cannot begin to thank you enough.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the impact of our contributions to the faith of others. But I want to tell you that every donation – big or small – truly makes a significant difference in the work we all do for God.
Along with this letter, we are sending you a quick update on just a few of the many ways your donations have extended the Gift of Mercy to so many individuals in our community. The donations we receive through the Archbishops Appeal from faithful Catholics like you create so many opportunities for people to explore and strengthen their faith and feel God’s love.
When you donate to the Archbishop's Appeal, your donations help fund grants for a variety of work being done right at the grassroots level by Catholics just like you who want to share the love of Christ with their communities.
Witnessing the incredible work we can do together in His name is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience.
And in my daily work, when I am able to help reach a young person in a way that impacts their life, I cannot help but think of how your support has made this possible.
The best part of my job is being able to witness firsthand the many ways that God is working in the lives of our youth. Being able to literally watch them grow up and become faith role models within their own friend circles is as incredible as it is inspiring, and gives me great hope for the future of our Church.
Please help me share God’s love with our youth, and with all our brothers and sisters with a gift to the Archbishop's Appeal today.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for you. Without your prayers and support, none of the amazing work that we do at the Archdiocese of Regina would be possible. We can all do so much to share His love and mercy with our entire community and beyond.
Yours sincerely in Christ, Braden Kuntz Youth Ministry Office Archdiocese of Regina
PS – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14. Let us never forget that we are all children of God, and His mercy is a gift for each and every one of us. May we be merciful like Our Father, and share our love for Him through our good deeds and gifts to one another. Your donation to the Archbishop's Appeal helps share His love and mercy! - Fr.Carlos Jimenez
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