Dear Friends in Christ,
May God bless you!
Welcome to the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal. It is an exciting time in the Archdiocese of Louisville as our parishes are alive with the Holy Spirit! Each day we are blessed with opportunities to deepen our faith and to share our gifts with others. Through our efforts to promote the call to holiness and serve the spiritual and human needs of those in our communities, the Archdiocese of Louisville proudly serves 24 counties of the Archdiocese of Louisville.
In April 2018, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad. In it, our Holy Father calls us to reflect on the holiness found in our daily lives through acts of love and compassion. The ministries supported by the Catholic Services Appeal provide vivid examples of this every day holiness. The Appeal supports programs that care for those who are poor and vulnerable, instills lifelong faith formation and learning, promotes vocations, assists retired priests, enhances worship, and supports parishes and schools.
Pope Francis calls us to be the saints next door when he states, “Very often it is a holiness found in our next door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence.” There are many ways we can become saints next door, and I invite you to respond to this call by making a gift to the Catholic Services Appeal. Together we will Bring Christ to Others.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
We are pleased that you have decided to become a member of our parish community and we value your involvement in helping us to live out the Mission of Jesus Christ which is to FEED, HEAL and SHEPHERD God’s holy people.
We are blessed to have a vibrant, active and spiritually alive Church. As co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard we encourage your discernment of how you might join us in our baptismal call to use the gifts God has given us. There are many ways and means which we as Church strive to live our daily mission. I encourage all of us to follow the example of our namesake, St. Athanasius, as well as the many holy people who have gone before us and those who continue to bring Christ into our lives.
Please do not hesitate to call on me or any of the Parish Leadership to better understand how we may support your faith journey. In the meantime, I pray that God and St. Athanasius will guide and teach you.
We look forward to you sharing the journey with us!
Fr. Paul Eve