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3rd Sunday of Easter. ACA kick off. Parishioner Max Effgen

My friends in Christ, when Father asked me to speak, the answer was a resounding, “Yes.” “Yes” for a very simple reason: The Annual Catholic Appeal is all about being Catholic. It is about the serving the Church throughout the Western Washington, the promise of 173 parishes and missions coming together. It is about caring for people we will never meet, demonstrating a real tangible act of faith. It is about love. For we are a Church made of people. People who strive to see the face of Christ in all faces. To borrow from Deacon Ron’s homily, “Because Jesus is there.” The Appeal allows us to support the education and training of our seminarians, the ongoing formation of our lay leaders and lay catechists, our system of Catholic schools, CYO camps and athletics, and much more. As I concentrated my thoughts and prayers on speaking with you, I was reminded by the words of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and one of the most popular saints. It is fitting that yesterday, April 29, is her feast day. St Catherine wrote, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Powerful and simple. These words echo this year’s theme: A Future Full of Hope. Be who God meant you to be. Through my journey of faith, I have learned that we are all observational learners. We learn be seeing acts of faith, we learn by accepting love. Observational learning can happen at any point in life and by living and accepting Christ’s love, we can come to do His work through the Church. The Annual Catholic Appeal has impacted my journey of faith through the ministries [...]

By | 2017-05-17T13:39:09+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Homilies|Comments Off on 3rd Sunday of Easter. ACA kick off. Parishioner Max Effgen
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