At every Mass, the priest speaks these words: “Do this in memory of Me.”
Jesus spoke these same words at the Last Supper when he instituted the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, Christ becomes truly and fully present to us. It is a tremendous gift of sacrificial love that nourishes and transforms us. We are then sent forth into the world to bear witness to Jesus and His Good News.
The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” We give thanks by following Christ’s command to “do this in memory of Me.” These words also are the theme for the 2023 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Another way we give thanks is by living out our diocese’s mission statement: to be Christ’s “heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.”
During my brief time in the diocese, I’ve already seen how the ministries of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal promote the Church’s mission by providing lifelong education, pastoral care and assistance to the people and parishes of our diocese. Your generosity supports the TV Mass for the homebound, faith formation opportunities, Catholic education, marriage preparation, multicultural outreach, and evangelization initiatives, such as the Eucharistic Revival.
I ask you to please prayerfully discern a gift to this year’s Appeal. I am very grateful for every gift made to these ministries, which benefit so many people in our 16-county diocese.
During this holy season of Lent, please pray for the continued success of parish and diocesan ministries to meet the spiritual needs of all God’s people. I look forward to meeting you in the months ahead and getting to know my new diocesan family!
God bless you,
+Patrick M. Neary, C.S.C.
Bishop of Saint Cloud