United as One in the Great Commission
The 2021 Eparchial Appeal Has Begun!
Glory to Jesus Christ!
What is the ‘Great Commission’? Matthew’s Gospel defines it quite clearly in Jesus’ own words to His disciples, and at the same time to us, He present day disciples in the modern world:
‘…go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations. Baptizing them in the name ‘of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!” (Matt. 28:19-20)
This means that the Gospel is to be preached, by the People fo God, as far and wide, at all times, in all places, “…whether convenient of inconvenient… ” (2 Tim. 4:2), as it is possible to do. We are to be devoted, each in our own way, and circumstances of life, to this ‘Great Commission’ so that all people will know of the one true God, find a right way to live according to his good and charitable teaching, and so that each soul will find its salvation in Jesus Christ.
It is for this purpose, and in this spirit, that we once again request your generosity, so that, in this year of 2021, the Eparchy will have sufficient financial means by which to continue its to continue its divinely commissioned work. Our geographic circumstances may present some challenges, perhaps like being told by the Master to go out to ‘all the nations’, but through your annual assistance, guided by the Holy Spirit, we have been making progress in our evangelical reach. Below, some of the programs, projects, and needs required to do this are detailed, along with parish goals which, combined, comprise, as last year, our total 2021 Appeal goal of $300,000.00. Much has been accomplished in the past through the Eparchial Appeal, but the work entrusted to us, individually and as on eparchy, continues. Your gift will again contribute significantly and directly to its success.
Therefore, we thank you for the contribution you are able to make this year, for those you have made in the past, and for your commitment in prayer, sacrifice, and personal resources that will enable the Eparchy to continue the good work in which we are engaged and which, with God’s help, we will always do, with confidence, courage, and dedication, until Christ comes again.
We Blessing and much gratitude in Christ Jesus,
– Bishop John Pazak C.Ss.R.
– Bishop Thomas Olmsted.