By Miguel Ramos
Executive Director, Capital Campaign
The campaign is going strong, with over 15 parishes completing their phases, and the remaining 14 parishes of the current group working in the final weeks of active campaigning. While we continue to work with these parishes, we are also preparing the next group of parish pastors and administrators for the third and final phase of the campaign. The next phase includes parishes representing all vicariates, specifically; Christ the Savior, Corpus Christi, Guardian Angel, Holy Spirit (Horizon City), Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Peace, Sacred Heart, St. John Paul II, San Antonio de Padua, San Felipe de Jesús, San Juan Bautista, San Juan Diego, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Francis of Assisi Mission, St. Francis Xavier, St. Joseph, St. Matthew, St. Patrick (Canutillo), St. Thomas Aquinas, Sts. Peter and Paul, and West Texas Parishes and missions including, Santa Rosa De Lima (Pecos), Our Lady of Refuge Mission (Bairstow), Christ the King (Balmorhea), Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Saragosa), Santa Teresa De Jesús (Presidio), Santa Teresa (Ft. Hancock), St. John the Apostle (Monahans), St. Catherine (Pecos), St. Joseph Mission (Ft. Davis), St. Mary (Marfa), and St. Thomas - St Joseph (Kermit). This next phase of the campaign will officially begin with regional kick-off meetings (in April, locations and dates not yet determined).
As discussed in prior updates, this campaign is an extremely important step in the effective planning of and for our great communities and parishes and missions across the diocese. The campaign is intended to assist and supplement existing efforts across our ministries, particularly seminarian and deacon education and formation, religious formation and education, and assistance to our parishes and missions, especially our smaller/rural West Texas parishes.
We must remember that Progress (Annual Appeal) is a very significant and critical part of this planning. The many generous donations from parishioners across the diocese helps with the day to day annual needs of our ministries. The primary goal of the We Are the Body of Christ campaign is to provide additional funds to ensure we have the resources and necessary funds available to support the three main areas mentioned above. While it may seem as just another request or collection, it is in fact much more than that.
In 1 Corinthians 12:14, we find “…for the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts.” As the catholic community of the Diocese of El Paso – WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST. it is through the generosity and selfless giving of all the faithful that we support our parishes, pastors, and communities. We ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to this necessary endeavor and trust that the Lord our God will provide for us in our time of need. We also find in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, “…whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We ask you to reflect upon the many blessings and gifts you have received from God the Father’s infinite mercy and generosity. We are called to be stewards of all we have been given, to use our gifts well, and to share what we have been given with others. By ensuring we can support our continuing and emerging needs, not only will we benefit from our partnership with one another, but also from the rich heritage of our ancestors; the faith-filled people who built our churches, parishes, and social programs that have enriched our lives.
Together, with Christ, there is no limit to the good we can and will achieve. I hope you will be inspired to join us as we ensure a bright future for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.