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“Go Make Disciples”
The support of our parish for the Diocesan Services Fund helps provide services, evangelization, and outreach to the greater Houston community as well as to those in our area.
Cardinal DiNardo’s Letter
My dear friends in Christ,
Our theme for the 2017 Diocesan Services Funds (DSF) is: Go Make Disciples! This is part of the Great Commission, given by Jesus Christ to his disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew. After his death and resurrection, Jesus appears to them at “the mountain to which [he] had ordered them”, and there, charges them to proclaim the good news of salvation to all the nations. They, who have been with him, were nourished by his teachings, and were witnesses to his public ministry. Now they are called to be agents of the mercies of God to others.
This charge to Go Make Disciples is equally relevant for all of us today. As disciples of Christ, we are to be conduits for God’s loving mercy to others. The DSF is a vital means of responding to Christ’s invitation. It provides critical support and sustenance for over 60 Programs, which benefit many in this local Church. One important beneficiary of the DSF is Camp Kappe. Through DSF we are able to provide a path for many people to continue their growth in discipleship. At Camp Kappe they are provided with a serene atmosphere for prayer and retreat. Camp Kappe is also home to our Environmental Education School, an important learning center of opportunities for the young to care for our common home.
Equally benefiting from the DSF is the Special Youth Services, through which we are able to mentor our at-risk youth and those in juvenile detention, providing them with pastoral counseling, Bible studies and catechesis. Your DSF support allows staff, seminarians, diaconate candidates and volunteers to reach out to youth who then become disciples to others.
Making disciples for Christ entails inviting others to the community of God’s people. Through the Office of Vocations, another important beneficiary of DSF, we are able to accompany those seeking to follow Christ more closely as a priest or as a religious, and then go out to make disciples of others.
I thank you for your gracious commitment in support of the Diocesan Services Fund. With gratitude to God for your faithful discipleship and praying God’s abundant blessings upon you, I am
Your faithful Shepherd,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Teaching, Evangelization, and Worship
Ministries charged with this mission administer the largest private school system in Texas and sustain numerous religious education programs serving more than 100,000 people of all ages. They also promote the Catholic faith, reach out to other faiths, advocate for social justice and support liturgical and musical ministries throughout the Archdiocese.
Ministering to the Poor, the Sick, and the Incarcerated
Answering the call to serve the least among us, these ministries bring pastoral and sacramental aid to the disadvantaged, the disabled, and those who are most in need of God’s healing grace. Whether comforting refugees or battered women, those confined to a prison cell or hospital bed, they show compassion to those in the margins of our society.
Promoting, Preparing and Supporting the Clergy
Vocational ministries address the full range of support for the clergy from the beginning stages of discernment to retirement. These ministries offer education and formation of men for the priesthood and permanent diaconate as well as provide direct sacramental and pastoral care,
spiritual direction, and fraternal support as they carry out their ministries.
Nurturing and Strengthening Families
Family ministries nurture the most basic core unit of Christian life by caring for human and spiritual needs of family members. These range from the spiritual formation of young people at different ages of development to providing dignified care for the elderly. These ministries also address the needs of different ethnic constituencies and respect for the sanctity of life.