ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – Blessed Are the Merciful
Catholics in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been challenged to raise $4,434,000 in the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal to support more than 35 diocesan offices and ministries that put the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy into daily action.
“Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Obtain Mercy” is the theme for this year’s campaign. It ties in with the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.
“Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy,” Pope Francis said in announcing the Year of Mercy.
Bishop Malooly expanded on Pope Francis’s description of Jesus, saying Jesus reveals “the Father’s mercy” in the manner in which he carried out his ministry.
“Jesus gave love and mercy to everyone he met, and even forgave those who crucified him,” the bishop said. “He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, fed the hungry, comforted the mourning, forgave sinners, and taught what true faith is – all of which we consider to be works of mercy.”
He reiterated one of his favorite admonitions to Catholics, that they “become the face of Jesus to others. Simply said, we are called to follow Jesus’s example and be witnesses of mercy.”
Offices and ministries sponsored by the Annual Catholic Appeal are based on one or more of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Money raised through the Appeal enables the Diocese of Wilmington to provide thousands of meals each year to the hungry; shelter to the homeless; care to the aged, the handicapped, the addicted, and the emotionally afflicted. It offers religious instruction to eager minds, sponsors wholesome activities for our youth, prepares couples for marriage, welcomes newly arrived on our shores, makes chaplains available in hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons, and enables ordained deacons to assist the priest in their service to God’s people.
As good stewards of God’s gracious gifts, parishioners of the Diocese of Wilmington are called to shine the light of God’s mercy and love upon others by supporting the works of faith, education, justice and charity done in His name. Contributions to the Annual Catholic Appeal make a difference in the lives of many families and individuals who learn in our schools and religious education programs, worship in our churches and receive pastoral and human care through our ministries and services.