My Dear People of God:
In many places around the world, the Church experiences struggles of enormous proportions. In poor dioceses many depend on the Church for social and pastoral support. In regions where Catholics are persecuted help must be distributed discreetly. In nations overloaded beyond their capacity with refugees or victims of war and natural disasters the Church’s presence and action is crucial. The Peter’s Pence Collection provides to the Holy See the means necessary to respond to Dioceses throughout the world where the need is most extreme. Your gift helps make that response possible.
Your gift to this annual Collection helps the Holy Father support victims of disaster, war and oppression and others in urgent need of assistance. Pope Francis uses the Peter’s Pence Collection to strengthen those dioceses, religious orders, and struggling communities of faith which are most in need.
For those who struggle to attain the most basic needs of survival, the Church must be present. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, wants to be present to them. You can be present to them, you can help the Holy Father to be present to them and you can help the Church be present to them. Please give generously to the Peter’s Pence Collection on the weekend of August 8th and 9th, 2015 and thus participate with the Holy Father and the entire Church in this important work.
Asking every good grace and blessing of God upon and your families, I am
Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,
The Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa
Bishop of Santa Rosa