Sunday, February 28, 2010

Care and Share

Next weekend, our diocese kicks off it annual appeal (Care & Share). It is a great opportunity for us to connect with the larger church and support the needs of our diocese as well as the needs of the church throughout the world. Care & Share was started in 1969 as a way to eliminate the continual fundraising within the diocese through various second collections. This annual appeal was meant to collect all of the money at once to support the diocese and all of the various annual collections that take place. Only once in it's history has this goal been truly achieved. Over time, four of our annual collections have been added back to the schedule within the diocese. We've also had mandated goals assessed to the parishes in order to achieve our ultimate goal.

Each of us has an obligation to support the Church (5th precept). As a parish, we support the diocese each year through our Current Operating Fund Assessment, and as individuals, we support the diocese through Care & Share.  I want to encourage all within the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings to truly pray about their contribution. By making a monthly pledge, or by having an electronic withdrawal from you checking account, a larger donation is often possible. When the money goes out over time it does not have such an impact on personal budgets.

Please also, pray for the success of the annual Care & Share appeal
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