Dear Brothers and Sisters,
United in-faith “with Christ, who became poor, and was always close to those who were outcast” we are invited to see that the care and “integral development of society’s most neglected members” (EG 186) is at the heart of the Church’s mission and that we are invited to witness this by sharing our treasures.
This year the Together in Action Campaign invites “each individual Christian and every community to be an instrument of God for the liberation and the promotion of the poor, and enabling them to be fully part of society”. (EG. 187) The funds raised will support parish and diocesan ministries of service, local charities, national and international initiatives of outreach. Pope Francis stated that Jesus’ command to his disciples: “You yourselves give them something to eat!” (Mk 6:37) means “working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter”. (EG. 188).
To be in “solidarity” and to enable the poor and marginalized to be more fully part of our society involves “something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of needs for all in society rather than the few”. (EG 189) This is what the campaign is all about, raising our awareness and providing financial resources to meet the real needs of our brothers and sisters. It can also be an encounter that creates in each one of us a new heart that calls us to share our treasures with others as a response to God for the generous love He has shown to each of us.
In our world and local communities where we see the economic struggle of many, I ask you to please give generously to this year’s United in Faith and Together in Action Campaign, "for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Lk 12: 33)
I wish you God's blessings,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
X Most Reverend William McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary