It’s that time of year again for the “Bishop’s Annual Appeal”- formally known as the ‘Diocesan Annual Appeal.’ This weekend (Feb. 6-7th) is ‘Announcement Weekend’ whereby we have been asked to announce that each household will receive a letter from Bishop Kettler, asking for your financial support of the various Diocesan Offices and ministries such as: Vocations office, Marriage and Family Life, TV Mass, Catholic Schools and Faith Formation Programs, Catholic Youth and others. Next weekend (Feb. 13-14th) is ‘Commitment Weekend’ where Bishop has asked us to show his DVD message at each of the Masses requesting your help. In the pews there will also be a brochure where you can either make a pledge or an immediate donation to the appeal. We will be asking you to fill out the information and put it into our collection basket during Mass or send by mail. If you have already responded to the initial mailing at home, you can put this envelope in our basket as well or simply send it by post. Bishop Kettler is doing things a bit different this year, because last year’s Appeal goal fell way short. We are asked then to try even harder to raise these well-needed funds. The year’s theme is “For The Glory of God!” so let’s do so with our monetary support! Thank you in advance!
Finally, this past week we celebrated “Catholic Schools Week” for All Saints Academy and all the surrounding Catholic Schools in our area, including Cathedral High School. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the advantages of a good Catholic education, one that balances academics with spirituality as well. I am always impressed by quality of students who come out of our grade school and high school system, their maturity, their knowledge and their faith! This weekend is our “All Saints Academy Extravaganza” held here at St. Paul gym on Saturday, February 6th starting at 5:30 pm. immediately following our 4:30 Mass. All are invited! This is really a fund raiser and celebration of ASA as we continue to strive to provide excellence in our Catholic school education. The evening is complete with a cash bar, elegant, heavy Hors D’oeuvres, desert tables, great silent auction items, and live entertainment by Outside Recess beginning at 8:30 pm. Our goal is to raise over $70,000, as we have so done in the past when it was held at St. Benedict’s College in St. Joseph, MN. Come join us! Or if you can’t make it or it is already past, don’t be afraid to send in a donation to Chris Schellinger, president of ASA, to help our cause. This should be a great and enjoyable time! Cheers to Catholic Schools Week and to ASA school as well!