The Diocese of Cleveland has informed us that due to the bitter cold & snowy conditions on the weekends of our Annual Catholic Charities Appeal this past February, the in-pew pledges for Catholic Charities this year were 25% below last year's. People were harmed by the cold weather of this past winter. Now they may be harmed by the lack of funds we have to help them in the spring & summer.
The Bishop is asking us those who may not have been able to be at Mass during those weekends of February to please make a pledge today. Envelopes & pencils are in the pews.
On this feast of the Ascension, the gospel tells us that signs accompanying people of faith. What are the signs of our faith? Will those signs allow others to hear and see the gospel through us? Will those who depend upon the assistance of Catholic Charities be able to see the sign of our faith & hear us proclaim the gospel of mercy by our generosity?