March 4, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
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 Annual Collection for Catholic Relief Services on the weekend of March 13. This collection, whose theme is “Help Jesus in disguise,” 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
In 2005, in war-torn Afghanistan, Aazar and Ali (names changed to protect their identity) lost their family due to their father’s political affiliations. The boys, ten and eight years old, fled to Pakistan, were separated, and despite days of searching, Aazar could not find his younger brother. In 2012, he received a referral to be placed in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program, bringing him to the United States.
Once here in the United States, the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) program began working with agencies in the United States and Nepal and with the United Nations to reunite the brothers, and ultimately, they both could resettle and reconnect as family.
MRS is one of the six worldwide Catholic relief agencies funded by The Catholic Relief Services Collection.
Please be generous in the Catholic Relief Services Collection in your parish. Your support will truly make a difference.
With every prayerful best wish, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester