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‘I am humbled by this remarkable sign of support’

“Our Faith – Our Family” was the theme for the 2011 Bishop’s Fund Appeal.  I am very grateful to all the members of our faith family who have so generously contributed to this year’s Appeal enabling us to surpass the challenging goal of $1.25 million.  That’s a lot of money! 

I am humbled by such a remarkable sign of support, particularly, as we continue to struggle through high unemployment rates; pay for exorbitantly high medical bills; and dole out more and more of our hard earned money at the gas pumps.  

For too long, here in our North Country, we have been struggling through such a sour economic state.
Yet, the faithful of our Diocese continue to live out what it means to be family.  When a brother or sister is in need, we respond, even when we might have to go without something ourselves. 

Such a remarkable response to the Bishop’s Fund Appeal is also wonderful affirmation of the wide variety of ministries and programs provided by the Church.  Directly or indirectly, our Church touches the lives of virtually thousands of persons.   The vitality, the very heart and soul, of our Diocese is evidenced in such giving.

I, also, wish to thank and commend our pastors, pastoral leaders, and the diocesan staff (Mrs. Valerie Mathews, Mrs. Janice Shoen and Mrs. Renee Grizzuto) for their hard work in helping to facilitate the success of the 2011 Bishop’s Fund Appeal.

We do what we do because, after all, it is Our Faith – Our Family.


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