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In one of his homilies, Pope John
Paul II remarked, Can our Christian consciences remain
uncaring in this world of suffering? For the Catholics
of our Diocese and the people of the Gulf Coast this question
would be answered much closer to home than anyone could ever
have imagined. The suffering and devastation inflicted by two
major hurricanes upon the region last year redefined the word
challenge, while countless expressions and acts of selfless charity
and goodness redefined the word compassion.
Send your donation (check or money order - do not mail cash) to:
Bishop's Services Appeal
Diocese of Lafayette
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501
Make checks payable to: Bishop's Services Appeal
Many thanks for all you do.
How are the funds used?
This past year the scope of Diocesan outreach assumed an even
greater, more indispensable dimension to the fulfillment of the
Lords mission. The aftermath of two major hurricanes inflicted
an inestimable toll of devastation and hardship upon both the
faithful of our Diocese and the citizens
of the entire Gulf Coast Region. The staggering image of tens of thousands of hurricane victims looking to us for help was eased by a compassionate response that
brought peace and comfort into their lives at a time when they were so vulnerable.
Looking forward, although our Diocesan sponsored agencies are better prepared to answer the call from those who need assistance, there are still a number of
serious priorities to be addressed. The plight of the helpless and the homeless were vivid reminders that need will always be with us, and it will take on the many forms and faces that encompass all walks of life.
Each year proceeds from the Bishops Services Appeal provide
the financial means through which the Diocesan Church can spread
the message of the Gospel, provide the sacraments, instruct our
children and adolescents in the Faith, defend the sanctity of
life, strengthen family bonds, welcome the stranger in our midst
and offer comfort in times of trouble, illness and
basic human need.
Your gift to the Bishops Services Appeal helps proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ every hour and day of the year.
These are but a few powerful examples of how your
generous pledge to the Bishops Services Appeal makes a
difference! (Call the offices listed in the directory of this
brochure to receive more information, or visit our website:
As your bishop, I now ask for your committed support at its deepest personal level. For the Church of Lafayette the future holds abundant opportunities to build up the Lords kingdom. Please join with me as a felow laborer,working side by side in this corner of the Lords vineyard. Help me to the best of your ability during this time of great chalenge and even greater need. Together we can accomplish so much good in His name. God love you and bless you.
---- Bishop Michael Jarrell
OUR GREATNESS IN GIVING IS DEFINED BY OUR SELF-GIVING
MAKE A PLEDGE, PLEASE!
As disciples of the Lord, we are called to assist in easing the many physical, intellectual and emotional sufferings that exist within our society. Before deciding upon the level of your gift to the Bishops Services Appeal, please review the expansive list of programs and ministries in this brochure that carry out countless good works on your behalf.
After reflecting upon the importance of these essential works of charity and outreach funded by the Appeal, please give serious thought to contributing by means of the pledge payment plan. Pledging will allow a greater sacrifice without overburdening your budget.
Your pledge will help ensure that the Catholic Church in South Louisiana can continue to invest in individuals and families through its charitable initiatives.
The above listed suggested gift plans are provided to help you when determining your level of support of the 2006-2007 Bishops Services Appeal. After careful consideration, please select a gift plan that your blessings will permit.
Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Statements will be sent.
All gifts will be gratefully acknowledged.
Gifts of Securities represent an additional way to make a gift to the Bishops Services Appeal and can also result in significant tax savings to the donor. If this option offers a practical means to contribute, contact your financial advisor to evaluate the details as it relates to your specific circumstances, or you may contact the Office of Stewardship and Development at 337-261-5641,
Many Catholics in our Diocese have found that they are able to offer a more substantial gift to the Bishop's Services Appeal by offering a pledge, payable over two, five or eight months. Pledging allows donors to spread their total commitment out over time and maximize their giving in support of the Diocesan Church's mission and ministry.
The amounts listed in the above Guide are merely suggestions to help you plan your giving and offer the best possible gift. Everyone is blessed in different ways. We are each called to give sacrificially, according to our means, in gratitude for all we have received.
" ...she gave from her want,