One of our mission priorities is to teach stewardship as a way of life and a course of action.
As a way of life, stewardship teaches that we do not own anything; all is on loan from God, entrusted to us to manage.
And as a course of action, stewardship teaches us to manage according to God’s good pleasure, that is, to provide what is needed to live in dignity to the poor, our dependents, and ourselves.
Helping those who cannot protect or provide for themselves is an essential practice of our Catholic religion; indeed, it is the mark of authenticity for followers of Jesus.
The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Charities helps us help the poor: organizing the work, enlisting volunteers, and securing donations, such as with this annual appeal.
As you consider how much you will share in the annual appeal, think about what Jesus said: Give and gifts will be given to you… The measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.
In anticipation of your sacrificial gift, thank you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque