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Ministries Supporting Our Lives
“That my joy may be in you.…
And that your joy may be full.” – John 15:11
My brothers and sisters in Christ:
These words from John’s Gospel reveal God’s plan for all men and women, in every age. It’s my desire as your bishop to help carry out this plan of filling people’s hearts with the joy of Christ — so that they, in turn, can share that joy with others. As we begin this new year, I believe it’s something we can do together.
2018 is a time of opportunity as well as a time of challenge for the faithful — both here in our diocese and around the world.
We are blessed in this diocese to be able to offer support and resources for Catholic education and faith formation, vocational discernment, marriage and family support and ministries that reach across cultures and faiths. These are all important priorities for me — and hopefully for you — that you uphold through your support of the Annual Appeal.
Youth and Young Adults (Catholic Education Ministries, Office of Marriage and Family, Vocation Office, Worship Office)
Pope Francis is asking the Church to examine how it can lead young people to recognize, and accept, the call to the fullness of life and love.
Through our Catholic schools, our youth and faith formation programs, family and marriage programming and our vocation office, we are able to offer lifelong, meaningful faith experiences that enrich our families, churches and communities.
Local and Global Outreach (Office of Multicultural Ministries, Office of Marriage and Family, Office of the Diaconate, Worship Office)
We need to be Church right here, right now. For ourselves, for each other, and for all our brothers and sisters in the world. We need to be thinking not only bigger, but better.
Ministries like our TV Mass, Hispanic lay formation program and offering materials in Spanish as well as our involvement in interfaith partnerships help us celebrate the many unique gifts of our local Church and to strengthen the Body of Christ in the Diocese of Saint Cloud.
Vocational Discernment (Vocation Office, Diaconate Office, Office of Marriage and Family)
We need to encourage and support people — especially our young people — to discern their vocation in life — whether it’s to a healthy marriage and family life, ordained ministry, consecrated life, or living a single life. And we must be good models of our own vocations.
Our ministries allow us to accompany youth and young adults on their vocational journey, whether it is to the priesthood or the diaconate, to a religious vocation or to the married or single life.
Preparing for the Future (All offices of the diocese)
Another priority for our diocese right now is preparing for the future of parish life. We are in the midst of a planning process that’s gathering input from every pastor and every parish in our 16-county diocese. Whatever the final plan looks like, the vibrancy of parish life will depend on well-trained, confident lay leaders working in collaboration with our pastors and deacons.
As bishop, it’s my job to ensure that our ministries are accessible, affordable and effective. But I can’t do it alone. I need your support. I need your prayers. I need your generosity. I appeal to you as parents, families and teachers of the faith to help me in offering opportunities for all people in the Diocese of St. Cloud to grow in faith, and to accept God’s gifts through the ministries that support our lives.
Please prayerfully consider this invitation to become actively involved in the Church’s mission by making a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Together, we will fill people’s hearts with the joy of Christ — so that they, in turn, will share that joy with others — all for the Glory of God.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
+Donald J. Kettler
Diocese of Saint Cloud