EDITORIAL | Annual Catholic Appeal calls on Catholics to respond to the will of the Father

Annual Catholic Appeal serves the needs of many across the Archdiocese of St. Louis

The work of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is made possible through the generosity of Catholics who contribute to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

The theme for this year’s Appeal ties into a line from the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Will Be Done.”

Through support of the appeal, Catholics “seek to do the will of the Father — this has been mandated to us,” said Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski.

The 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal begins in the Archdiocese of St. Louis the weekend of April 17-18. The Appeal funds the many programs of the archdiocese that reach out to people who are suffering and in need, the weak and the abandoned regardless of their faith.

Supported ministries include outreach to people who are homeless and others living in poverty, Catholic education, faith formation, defending life and support for vocations, among others. The Appeal provides not only direct support to the material needs of people, but spiritual nourishment as well.

“In these unprecedented times, the work of the Church continues both despite and because of the challenges we have faced this past year,” Archbishop Rozanski said. “The need for our ministries is great, and the faithful have responded in heroic ways. Our unwavering faith in God’s will compels us to answer His call to lift up those in need. Your generous support of the Annual Catholic Appeal provides hope and care to our brothers and sisters throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”

ACA chair Marsha Stocker noted that the Lord’s Prayer “is a universal prayer that so many people can relate to. Praying ‘thy will be done’ is the best thing we can pray right now. This year with the pandemic, and the difficulties people have been going through, we give everything over to the Father. We know that we cannot do it by ourselves — we need the Father’s help.”

As noted in this week’s edition, the pandemic increased the depth and breadth of need, and it also changed how agencies minister to people. But the mission — serving others in need and calling others to join in these efforts — did not change.

“Our brothers and sisters who turn to Catholic Charities and our eight agencies in their moments of greatest need benefit greatly from the generosity of ACA supporters,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Doing the will of the Father is something to which all of us are called. Giving to the Annual Catholic Appeal demonstrates how we genuinely show our love for God. This is one of many opportunities to spread that love and care to others.


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The financial goal of the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is $14.5 million. Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes back into the community in the form of direct services. The appeal will be conducted in most parishes the weekends of April 17-18, April 24-25 and May 1-2. To learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal, visit aca.archstl.org.

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