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Barbara Shea Collins is the Director of the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Monday, January 25, 2010

2010 Annual Catholic Appeal Begins

The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by Duccio di Buoninsegna

Saint Luke says of the earliest disciples, “…they left everything and followed Him.” That haunting phrase describes a full and completely generous commitment, and it describes the theme of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, we rededicate ourselves as Christ’s disciples and a community of welcome, service, and support.

Your gift extends an essential hand of help to our schools, parishes, programs of religious education and ministerial formation, efforts to respect life and initiatives to make the world more just, peaceful and loving. 

Your gift to the Appeal helps Catholic Relief Services to aid those overseas who are devastated by natural disasters, illness, wars, and famines.  As I write, Catholic Relief Services is turning a Port-au-Prince golf course into one of the first formal camps for the multitudes of displaced people in the Haitian capital.

The prayer of your heart, the work of your hands, and your generous offering of financial support—all this identifies you among those who followed Him.

I invite you to do whatever you can do to make the Church a welcoming home, a serving community, and a loving and supportive hand.  Please give generously to the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal. 

For more information, please go to or call 312-534-7959.

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Monday, January 25, 2010 10:45 AM

Barbara, kudos to you for the at once beautiful design of this year's Annual Catholic Appeal Campaign. "The Calling of the Apostles" by Duccio di Buoninsegna is just gorgeous!!!I think it's important every now and then to change the graphics a bit. You know, in these very difficult economic times we live in, it's very hard to be able to give to so many worthy organizations, but this one surely tops the list. Catholic Relief Services needs on-going assistance in these devastated parts of the globe, such as in Haiti..It's been proven time and again that most people will rally around a noble cause... It's important to support Cardinal George in this effort....and by the way, what's on the menu at the Cardinal's dinner?????!!!!! (Just to add a little humor!!!!) Thank you Barbara for the work you do!

Carol B.

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