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March 16, 2014

posted Mar 14, 2014, 11:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, below you will find the copy of Bishop Mark’s ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL LETTER. As you can see, our goal this year is a little short of $140,000.00. The over goal monies will be used to continue to help our Capital Campaign Fund in the many renovations, improvements and repairs needed in the parish complex. Since this is my first campaign with you, all I can ask of you is that you continue to give the support as in past years. God bless and thanks in  advance.

Dear Father Dadey and Parishioners,

Like many Catholics (and even non-Catholics), I am inspired and encouraged by the pastoral leadership of Pope Francis.   His personal encounters with individuals of all ages continue to capture our attention. The whole world has seen him wash the feet of prisoners, bless little children, embrace grieving mothers, touch the wounds of the sick or converse with teenagers and young adults.

In his pastoral care for us. Pope Francis follows the example of our Lord Jesus Christ who had the same personal approach as recorded in the Gospels.  And in his pastoral care for us, Pope Francis follows the example of our Lord Jesus Christ who spent much of his time teaching us about God’s love and God's desire for us to love one another.

Those two great commandments are a challenge and a blessing.  All of us need challenges as a reminder that we need God's help and especially that we need salvation that comes only from God.  And all of us want to receive blessings which are signs of God's love for each one of us.  We are reminded that God's love is full of kindness, and mercy, and forgiveness.

As a good pastor. Pope Francis challenges and encourages us to go out of our individual comfort zone and the comfort zones of our parishes and communities   He challenges us to go out to others who are in most need of love, kindness, mercy, and forgiveness   Pope Francis refers to that going out as journey which we do not make alone, but always with Christ and his Church  Pope Francis explains that going out to others means to build up the Church and the kingdom of God   And Pope Francis explains that  going out is a living profession of our faith through which we introduce others to the person of Jesus Christ and the joy and hope of his Gospel.

The path for our journey is clear, Jesus is the way  The message we profess is certain; Jesus is the truth. The materials needed for us to build up God’s kingdom are close at hand and we have the strength to lift them; Jesus is the life.

Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, you and 1 have the opportunity to participate in the mission of Christ and respond to the challenge of Pope Francis.  Please be generous in sharing your financial gifts to reach the ACA goal of $138,976 for Our Lady of Victory Parish.

Your contributions help us to journey, build and profess through the ministries of the diocese.
Contributions beyond the ACA goal are returned to be used within your parish. Pray for one
another as I continue to pray for you and for the success of this annual appeal. May God bless
you for your generous participation!     

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev Mark L Bartchak Bishop of Altoona- Johnstown

Diane Lapinski,
Mar 14, 2014, 11:20 AM