By now, you should have received Bishop Matano’s letter inviting you support this years Catholic Ministries Appeal. He begins his letter with the following words, which I know are very sincere and come from the deepest recesses of his heart.
“Let me begin this letter by expressing my deep sorrow for the suffering endured by you and all our faithful due to the news in recent weeks concerning sexual abuse of minors by clergy, such as detailed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Reports surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick also are deeply troubling. In my recent pastoral letter to the faithful of August 20th, I renewed my commitment to ensure a safe environment for all and to work unceasingly to help those who suffered abuse to heal.
At the same time, we must continue the mission Our Lord has entrusted to us to serve our sisters and brothers who seek our assistance. In fulfilling the Lord’s command to love one another, we must continue to seek the light of Christ, to strive to deepen our faith and trust in Him who blesses us so richly and asks that we share our blessings to help our sisters and brothers in Christ.”
I strongly encourage you to view the CMA video; it is available at the Diocese of Rochester website (HERE) and at this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WiO3f6OGXqw. We will also show the video at all Masses next weekend.
I believe it is important to remember the work of the Church must continue even in the middle of the current crisis. As you know, I am active with our Diocesan Catholic Charities work, especially Catholic Family Center. Despite the current events, the needs of the poor, the immigrant and those who have mental challenges continue. We continue to need the support of a long list of Diocesan services, so it is important we support the ministries that the CMA supports.
On a lighter note: While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign..."Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,