“Blessed are the merciful…”

“Blessed are the merciful…”

Together in Action is the annual Bishop’s Appeal.  Administered by the Charities & Development Office of the Diocese of Calgary, it is a fundraising campaign that supports our diocesan ministries and other charitable agencies outside of our diocesan jurisdiction.  Last year, 44 agencies received grants from the program, including the Coaldale Community Food Bank, Cochrane Pregnancy Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Safe Haven Women’s Society in Lethbridge and Cornerstone Youth Centre and Youth Central in Calgary.

This year’s theme is “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy…” (Matthew 5:7)

This theme is built on the legacy of last year’s Jubilee of Mercy.  Mercy is the compassion in our hearts (misercordia) for another person’s misery which drives us to do what we can help another.  Mercy, therefore, is both “affective”, involving our emotions, as well as “effective”, involving practical assistance.

It is the mercy we receive from Christ manifested in merciful actions towards others. It is we working together to make lives better for all citizens locally, nationally and internationally.  Out of the gifts given to us, by the Lord, we give sacrificially to show mercy to others.  Why? Giving as a faith community and giving back to God reminds us that He has given us everything we have.  Who? We come together to manifest the mercy we receive from Christ to our neighbors.  How? Respond to the call of stewardship with a gift and join with our fellow parishioners across the diocese.  Give sacrificially and choose to act out your faith.

Our Together in Action campaign flows from a profound experience of God as the father of Mercy.  May we respond to the generous love of the Father through our financial contributions which enable our diocesan family to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in so many ways.

Our parish goal is 28,000. All our surplus contribution will go to our Maintenance Fund.

God is never outdone is generosity!