“We are Called,”
is the theme of the 2018 Diocesan Support Appeal (DSA). This week, you should receive a letter or postcard from Bishop Jugis asking for your generous support of the DSA.  Next weekend we will view the DSA video so we can all have an understanding of how the funds given to the DSA impact our diocese. Bishop Jugis asks each of us to prayerfully consider a gift to the DSA as a way of serving Christ through service to thousands of Catholics in western North Carolina.

St. Francis of Assisi Church Offertory – for your convenience weekly envelopes are available. Please see the parish office for details.

~ Special Collection Dates for 2018 ~

January 20-21:  Combined Mission Collection. This annual collection funds five separate initiatives: the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, the United States Mission Appeal (Black and Indian Missions), and the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

March 31-April 1 (Easter Sunday): Seminary and Priests’ Continuing Education. The Seminarian Education Program, in which 28 men are currently enrolled, is primarily funded through the annual Diocesan Support Appeal, the Friend to Seminarians Program, and this second collection. The diocese also uses the funds from this collection to sponsor workshops and programs to help keep priests informed of developments in theology and pastoral practices.

May 19-20: International/National Combined Collection. Donations received from this collection benefit five organizations: Catholic Relief Services, Collection for the Holy Land, Collection for the Works of the Holy Father (Peter’s Pence), The Catholic University of America, and the Catholic Communications Campaign.

September 15-16: Priests’ Retirement and Benefits. This collection goes to support the Diocese of Charlotte’s 87 diocesan priests actively serving the faithful of western North Carolina, and 44 religious order priests from nine religious orders for whom retirement contributions will be made.

October 20-21:  World Mission Sunday (Propagation of the Faith). This collection supports the work of the Church in its missions around the world.

November 17-18:  Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection funds CCHD, founded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help break the cycle of poverty by funding organizations that help people help themselves. With its mission of improving education, housing situations and local economic development, the CCHD continues to make a positive impact in communities nationwide. Twenty-five percent of the funds from the collection are put to use in the Charlotte diocese.

December 8-9:  Religious Retirement. This appeal, coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, offers support for senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack sufficient retirement funding. Nationally, some 33,000 women and men religious past the age of 70 benefit.

Love ~ Pray~ Help ~ Care ~ Feed ~ Lift ~ Give

O God, We find it difficult to understand and act upon your Gospel message to carry your love and mercy to others in our divided world.  Help us to hear, to interpret, to understand, to be moved, to act.  May our merciful actions build a generous heart that forever moves us toward our brothers and sisters.  We graciously accept your blessing this day and ask that we become merciful blessings and grace for others.  Amen

Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love – existing pledges

Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love – new pledge or one-time-donation

Eucharistic Congress – Charlotte Diocease
Eucharistic Congress 2018, September 7th – 8th, at the Charlotte Convention Center
“I Am the Living Bread”  John 6:51