How we can imitate Jesus' love and compassion to those in the most need

Our combined generosity through the BAA can have an incredible, long-lasting impact.

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross,

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, continually calls each of us to imitate Jesus' love and compassion to those in the most need. As members of a larger community of Catholics, we are given the opportunity to act on that call and accomplish this beyond our own parish through the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Through this appeal, our combined generosity can have an incredible and long-lasting impact across Eastern North Carolina. 

As of March 19, 2020, 90 members of our parish have pledged $21, 480.00. This is 36.3% of our goal of $59,154.00. It would be a great witness of our generosity if we could pledge more and come closer to our goal. 

Just to remind you that the extraordinary works of the BAA are witnessed at every parish and mission, providing support for all the weak and vulnerable throughout our diocese. Your BAA gift will support over 68,500 people who received direct emergency assistance by Catholic Charities, as well as grants to poor parishes, the needy in your parish communities, and those expecting mothers who have nowhere else to turn for support for their unborn child. In addition, the BAA provides nearly all the financial support for our 24 Seminarians currently in formation, as well as continued formation for the Priests and Deacons currently serving our Diocese.

Today I am asking for your participation in the 2020 Bishop's Annual Appeal "Instruments of God's Love", where we are reminded to imitate God's mercy through love and support to our neighbors. While the BAA attempts to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those across eastern North Carolina, I can assure you that each year our parish, parishioners and those in our immediate community benefit. I believe that during this present crisis of the corona virus pandemic, there will be an even greater demand on the diocese to assist those in need.

I am most grateful for your consideration of a gift to the 2020 Bishop's Annual Appeal. If you have not recently responded to the appeal, you can donate online at or even text your gift amount to (919) 629-0644. 

Donate today so we can continue our outreach as Instruments of God's Love.

Peace and All Good to you and your family!

Fr. Bart

Fr. Bart A. Karwacki OFM Conv., Pastor

Tags: helping those in need, Bishop's Annual Appeal, BAA

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