Catholic Charities of St. Cloud’s annual appeal Make God’s Love Visible was planned to be the weekend of October 17-18. Parishes were also told that the World Mission Sunday collection was moved from Lent to the weekend of October 17-18. The new date for the Catholic Charities appeal is next weekend, so I am including the information packet about this appeal as a bulletin insert. This packet does include an envelope to use for your contributions. I will place a special collection basket at the entrance of church beginning next weekend and for up to two additional weekends after for those who are able to make a contribution.
An overview of Catholic Charities of St. Cloud:
Catholic Charities is supported by generous individuals, foundations, businesses and faith communities like yours. In 2019, we provided services to 53,493 individuals. For some, we provided a place to live; for others, food and clothing. We worked with individuals in improving or maintaining their mental health, and for many seniors, we provided healthy and nutritious meals that improved their quality of life. At each interaction, we sought to continue our mission of serving and enhancing human dignity for people of all faiths and beliefs.
Today as we navigate the current pandemic, your support of Catholic Charities is needed more than ever. Our ability to help our neighbors this year depends on the success of this campaign, and 100% of all donations support Catholic Charities programs throughout Central Minnesota.
It goes without saying that these are extraordinary times and in times of great uncertainty, the church is called to spread hope. Although your church doors might be closed, the work of the church remains open and continues to live its mission with open arms.
Thank you again for joining Catholic Charities Make God’s Love Visible 2020 annual appeal, and for helping provide hope to our Central Minnesota neighbors.
Contributions help provide food to the now 1 in 8 Minnesotans (since the beginning of the pandemic) that now face hunger, an increase from the 1 in 11 Minnesotans who faced hunger last year. Contributions also fund the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent program that provides one on one tutoring and mentor to 12,459 children who struggle with reading, writing and math, the Behavior Health Services that helped 1,242 children, youth and adults struggling with life’s challenges to improve their mental health. Many more services (in home service programs, toys for tots, senior dining, services for the homeless, etc.) of all types are listed on their website.
Thank you for any contributions you are able to make towards this Central Minnesota charity.