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Bishop's Annual Appeal raises $1.487 million, just short of 2017 goal

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

Thanks to the support of donors and volunteers, the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) has raised $1,487,322.29, just short of the $1.575 million goal.

The theme of the 2017 Appeal was “Let Your Light Shine,” with a focus on the words of Jesus Christ about salt and light in the Gospel of Matthew: “… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

BAA coordinator Cathy Gilje of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation gave thanks for all who supported this year’s Appeal.

“The light of Christ shines in families and parishes across our diocese, as we encounter Jesus Christ in God’s word, in sacraments and in each other, and then go forth to carry that light to the world in love and service. The light of Christ is also shining in the generosity of so many to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal,” she said.

“Gifts to the BAA make a beautiful difference to people who are served by the important programs and ministries within our diocese, as well as providing continued support for the community organizations that share in our faith-filled mission,” added Gilje. “The light of Christ is shining brightly in our midst.”

During this year’s Appeal, the new bishop also expressed his appreciation for the generous support for the BAA, which allows ministry support and outreach of many kinds to happen across the diocese. “Good stewardship is so important in the life, work, and mission of Christ and his Church,” said Bishop Mark Hagemoen.

Ministries supported by gifts to the Appeal both “reach out in love” and “build up the church” and include outreach and faith development programs such as Hospital Chaplaincy, Youth Ministry, Lay Formation, Marriage and Family Life, Aboriginal parish ministry, Justice and Peace, Catholic prison outreach (Restorative Ministry), Catholic Deaf Ministry, Evangelization and Catechesis, Vocations promotion, ecumenism, communications, and the education of priests and future priests.

“Through our gifts to the BAA we are reaching out in love – by shining light into the darkness of sickness and suffering through the ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy and into the lives of prisoners through the outreach provided by the Office of Restorative Ministry. The diocesan Office of Justice and Peace shines a gospel light as it advocates for justice and an end to poverty, and the protection of the life and God-given dignity of each and every human person at every age and stage,” described Gilje.

“Through ministries supported by the BAA, those who are grieving find companionship, those in need find an advocate.”

“Gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are also building up the church by ensuring that the light of faith burns brightly through ministry to youth and families, in vocations promotion and the education of priests, in catechetics and adult faith formation,” she added.

“Once again the faithful of this diocese have shown incredible generosity. I keep thinking I will get used to it, but I never do – I am in awe all over again.”

For more information about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, or to donate online, see the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Foundation website at www.dscatholicfoundation.ca or contact Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851.

 

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