March 16, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” —Rev 3:20
How have we responded to the gospel call to serve Jesus through the poor and vulnerable? It is for this reason that we join with parishes around the country in the National Collection for Catholic Relief Services on the weekend of April 2. This collection reminds us that through your generosity, you can help ease the burdens of our brothers and sisters around the globe.
Thanks to your donation, you can
For example, in Niger, changes in climate in western Africa are adversely affecting poor and rural farmers. No matter how hard these farmers work, droughts are shortening the rainy season, leaving harvests too small to support families and communities. Your support of CRS is helping connect businesses that provide drought-resistant seeds to these communities. These new relationships are providing hope to these communities for a sustainable future.
Please be generous in the Catholic Relief Services Collection in your parish. By participating in this collection, you are responding to Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world.
With every prayerful best wish, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester