Pastor's Corner 042113

posted Apr 17, 2013, 10:20 AM by Music Director

Each year we conduct the annual diocesan House of Charity-Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  This is one charity I wholeheartedly support, as I’ve seen first-hand the good that comes from it.

The House of Charity supports the many diocesan agencies that help so many in need.  It helps fund several Catholic nursing homes, 2 with which I have become intimately familiar.  I served on the Board of Our Lady’s Residence in Pleasantville for 7 years, and now my mother is a resident at St. Mary’s Catholic Home in Cherry Hill.  The care that residents of these facilities receive is absolutely exceptional; care that might not be available if not for the House of Charity. 

The Appeal also supports assisted living facilities and retirement homes, including Sacred Heart Residence for the retired priests who served the diocese.  It supports the formation of seminarians studying for the priesthood, and the formation program of candidates studying for the permanent deaconate.  The Appeal funds individual, marital and family counseling services, and food, housing, medical and legal assistance for the poor in every county of the diocese.  It also funds campus ministry at all public colleges and universities, and formation programs for lay liturgical and catechetical ministers.           

Our parish goal this year, which is determined by our regular yearly income, is $154,000.  As of this writing, $47,011.00 has already been raised from a total of 77gifts, which averages $610/gift. I am most grateful for the generosity of those of you who have helped us to reach nearly a third of our goal.  I am depending on the rest of you to help us achieve our noble purpose when we conduct our in-pew solicitation at our Masses next weekend.

The good news is that if we make our goal we get 10% of it back and 75% of everything over the goal.  So please think about it, ALL of you: not just the moms and dads, not just the senior citizens, but all wage earners.  If you’re young and still living at home but are working, please contribute something to your family’s pledge, or even better, make one in your own name. 

Remember, this appeal is not for the bishop or diocesan administration, but for the people we, the Church of Camden, are called to serve who are in desperate need of help, especially in these difficult economic times. They comprise every age, racial and social grouping. 

Please consider now what kind of sacrifice you are willing to make to help us and the diocesan church to which we belong accomplish our goals.  If at all possible, please make it a true, sacrificial gift, not just a small donation.  For the last several years I’ve pledged $500, tough on my salary but doable, and I’ve renewed it for this year’s appeal.  I challenge all of you who are able to do likewise.  If you give to just one charity, please make it this one.

Remember, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). By your loving kindness and generosity, may the blessings of the compassionate be yours!


Let’s Go Phillies!


In His love,

Fr. Mike