Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7) – this beatitude is what we should particularly aspire to in this, the Holy Year of Mercy. When Pope Francis proclaimed this year an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I became very thoughtful of how we, as people of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, will be able to live a merciful life.
Mercy can often be a bridge that connects God and humankind since God will place no limits on His love for us and since we should open our hearts to His love despite our sinfulness. Concisely, we are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us, and there are many ways for us to show mercy.
One simple way of showing mercy is through your support of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, as the appeal provides an occasion for us all to show mercy to those who need it. Just as in the past year, the Annual Bishop’s Appeal will provide funds to assist ministries such as Priests’ Retirement, Youth Ministry, Family Ministries, Religious Education, and less fortunate parishes. I encourage you to read through the enclosed brochure to learn more about these ministries and the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.
As we comeTogether in the Work of the Lord in this Holy Year of Mercy, I thank you for your support and prayers, and I invite you to please take a moment to learn more about the importance of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal. May you be blessed for your generous response to this year’s Appeal. Be assured of my grateful prayers and deep appreciation.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre
Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux