“The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew…I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come”.
This introduction from Pope Francis in the “The Joy of the Gospel” calls all believers in Jesus to become followers of Jesus; calls us to experience this joy, to live this joy and then to share this joy with the whole world. Pope Francis is calling for our Church to grow by seeing God in all things.
Our 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal, Sharing the Joy of the Gospel, Together in Christ, reflects this message and focusses today’s Church’s on the evangelization of today’s world by living the joy of our faith. Here at Holy Spirit Parish, we believe we are a great example of this joy in all of our ministries. Each year, we ask you to support Bishop McGrath and his Annual Diocesan Appeal and bring that joy alive in our work throughout the diocese.
Our 2018 ADA Goal is an increase over the previous year. We ask you to consider making a gift. Your gift allows us to continue to share the joy through the many ministries in the diocese, our catechetical, liturgical, educational and social justice ministries. You make all of these good works possible and we will continue to do this because of your support of this year’s ADA.
Every dollar received over our goal comes back to Holy Spirit Parish and will be directed to our parish efforts to grow our ministries. We hope that we can count on your support.
Pope Francis has challenged us to be a Church that is joyful in all we do. Thank you, in advance, for your prayerful consideration of this year’s Appeal and together we can make a difference.
May God bless you and your families throughout this New Year.
Kate and Rich Kosoglow, 2018 ADA Chairs