This Sunday (February 7-8th) is the kick-off weekend for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. The Annual Diocesan Appeal funds many offices and ministries within our diocese, ministries that no one parish could afford to provide such as: the Marriage and Family Life Office supporting married couples programs, N.F.P., pro-life, Catholic Education Office supporting Catholic Schools, parish Faith Formation programs, Vocations Office supporting religious vocation, deaconate and priest-seminarians, Communicates Office which offers the T.V. Mass, Tribunal Office and a host of other ministries that help bring the light of Christ to others. If you have not received anything already, sometime this week you should receive a mailing from our St. Cloud Diocese asking you for your support for the appeal. I encourage everyone to consider giving some kind of monetary gift, large or small. Our immediate church must extend beyond our parish doors and boundaries to support others in need. We must do this, if we are to follow in the mission and footsteps of Christ. Although we may not be able to physically be there to help other people, we can extend our help through our financial support. Bishop Kettler extends this invitation to everyone to join in and be generous. One last note: After Sunday Masses, on occasion, I get a question from a parishioner as to when and where the Television Mass can be viewed for those who are confined to their homes. The answer is there are several options. You can visit the St. Cloud Diocese website at www.stcdio.org and watch it on line. Just click on “Offices N-Z” then scroll down to “Worship Office” then over to “TV Mass” to view. You can also watch the TV Mass on your local cable or satellite network. For residents of St. Cloud, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids, Sartell and St. Joseph the diocesan television Mass can be watched on public access channel 180 (previously ch. 12) at 10:30 am. Sundays or Charter customers can view the Mass on KSTC at 11:00 am on channels 17 and 788. With regard to DISH or DIRECT TV customers, I am not sure at this point. I do know EWTN channel has Mass on weekdays and Sundays so you might want to check to see if you get their station on your listing. You could also ask others around in your neighbor if they have any more information.