|The vital programs and ministries funded through the Appeal make our theme come alive each and every day in very real and direct service in all corners of our beloved Diocese of Scranton. By giving to the Appeal, each of us is answering our own calling to “serve one another.”Your generosity in funding the Appeal allows us to “serve one another” by caring for and encouraging those who have answered the call to religious life; by educating the next generation of servant leaders in a spiritually sound and academically challenging environment; by freely sharing the message of the Gospel; by supporting the vibrant holiness of our parish communities; and by strengthening our commitment to social justice issues along with our capacity to feed the hungry, care for the sick and comfort the dying.We must all rise to the Apostle Peter’s command to support our brothers and sisters in need. To this end, after much prayer and discernment, it has been determined there will be a change in funding with the 2012 Appeal. Funding made available to Catholic Social Services will increase to 8%.
Additional information about how gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal make a difference in people’s lives throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania is provided within these pages. Please take the time to consider how you may directly impact the lives of so many of our fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors.
With your help, we will continue to fulfill our responsibility “to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. Bishop of Scranton