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Peace be with you! Over the past year, because of your generosity, I have been blessed to see the Hands of God’s Mercy extended throughout our diocese. You – and many others like you – have shared God’s mercy and made a difference in the lives of many. Thank you! 

Our Church in Maine is growing stronger, and the future is full of hope. We are creating an environment where our youth, and all those who seek Jesus, have opportunities to encounter him. In Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis writes, “The Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of all those domestic churches.” Pope Francisis calling the Church to live and love as one family, with the Holy Family as the perfect example. God calls us to strengthen his Family of Faith by encouraging and supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ, both within our Church and in our local communities.

By giving to the 2018 Catholic Appeal, you can help to spread God’s love.  Your gifts make it possible for the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation to encourage continued learning at all ages and in all walks of life.  You strengthen our Family of Faith by embracing the diversity of our Catholic Church, connecting us to our brothers and sisters in Christ from all races and nationalities. You offer hope to those most in need who seek assistance from Catholic Charities Maine. Catholic Charities’ programs and initiatives are the Gospel come to life.   

I invite you to join me in Strengthening Our Family of Faith. Your help will provide support to programs and ministries throughout our state and strengthen the gift of faith for those who need it most.