05/26/13 Pastor’s Message

June 4th, 2013 by helen in Pastor Message Archive 2013

Archdiocese of Hartford

134 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In many ways, families are the heart of our communities.  When families are in distress, are separated, or are otherwise challenged, our Church reaches out.  We do so whether those families are across the street or halfway around the globe.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, an agency funded by the Catholic Relief Services Collection, matches unaccompanied immigrant children with legal service providers.  These children are the most vulnerable migrants, usually without resources or representation.  Another agency, the Department of Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, provides coordination, training, funding, and monitoring to experts who provide specialized assistance to victims of human trafficking in the United States.  In response to earthquake and other natural disasters, Catholic Relief Services provides food, shelter, and health care programming.

These are just three of the six worldwide Catholic relief efforts funded by the Catholic Relief Services Collection.  Each agency provides vital assistance, from pastoral support to humanitarian aid, all over the world.  The work supported through the Catholic Relief Services Collection prioritizes family by protecting children, fighting for family reunification, and supporting the sacredness of life and human dignity of each human person.

Each organization supported by this Collection sees Jesus in disguise.  How will you help?

Please be generous in the Catholic Relief Services Collection next weekend.  Your support will truly make a difference.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Henry J. Mansell

Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell Archbishop of Hartford

For additional information on the Catholic Relief Services Collection and the organizations it supports, please visit: http:/www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/ catholic-relief-services-collection/.


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