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Bishop Burbidge explains the importance of BLA funding

This is the second of a two-part series on the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal.

The theme of this year’s Bishop’s Lenten Appeal is “Together in the Light of Christ.” During a recent talk at a Bishop’s Lenten Appeal event at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said, “(The theme) implies we know there is darkness in our world, in our nation and in our church. But we’re believers, and what we celebrate at every Mass is that by his own suffering and death and resurrection, Jesus once and for all conquered the darkness. That’s our faith. The darkness will never overpower us. We have to acknowledge it. We have to work to correct it. But we do so together in the light of Christ. With that comes a call — we have to radiate that light to others. We all know people who are experiencing tremendous hardship, crying out for pastoral and spiritual support, and they need our help. How else can we assure them that the light of Christ is stronger unless we do so through our outreach, our good work?”

The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal supports many important ministries, such as seminarian education, religious vocation discernment, Catholic Charities, the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries and the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life.

Thousands of people are served each year by the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. In 2018, 376 pregnant women were supported by Gabriel Project; Christ House served more than 18,000 meals to the homeless; nearly 32,000 children were enrolled in religious education classes; and 44 seminarians are currently studying for the priesthood in our diocese. None of this would be possible if not for donations made to the BLA.

“The ministries supported by the (Bishop’s Lenten Appeal) reassure people that Christ is in our midst, that his light is stronger,” said Bishop Burbidge. “That’s our call, all of us through our baptism. To radiate the light of Christ’s love. Participation in the (Bishop’s Lenten Appeal) is one powerful way of doing so.”

In 2018, the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal raised more than $19.6 million; this year’s goal is $18.85 million. The announcement weekend for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal was Feb. 23-24. This weekend, March 2-3, parishioners will be asked to make a pledge at Mass. Participants can donate online, by check or make a pledge that can be paid throughout the year.

Last week’s article focused on how the funds given to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal only go toward specific pastoral uses.

Find out more

Go to arlingtondiocese.org/bishops-lenten-appeal.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019