Heavenly Father you sent your Son Jesus as our Savior and Teacher, the light of the world. Through Baptism you allow your light to shine through us. Help us remember that we are called to bear joyful witness to the Gospel as missionary disciples.
Loving and gracious God, open our hearts to share in the mission and ministry of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through the Annual Catholic Appeal. Strengthen our resolve to be like Your Son Jesus Christ, to give of ourselves in every moment of our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,I am continually delighted and humbled by the generosity of the people of the Archdiocese. Support for local parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, and shared Archdiocesan ministries is inspiring.We must not take this generosity for granted, however. It is up to each of us, in our own ways, to effectively communicate to our friends, colleagues, and parishioners just how much good Catholic Ministry is taking place and how their sacrifices and support of the Annual Catholic Appeal make this work possible. For instance, it is only through the generous support of parishioners in all corners of the Archdiocese that we are able to have programs like Our Lady of Guadalupe camp, Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Oklahoma, the Marriage Tribunal, and many more.The theme of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal is taken from fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel where Jesus says to His disciples “your light must shine before others.” Jesus wants us to reach out to others, to bring His message to others. Said another way, we as the body of Christ are called to mission, not maintenance.The Annual Catholic Appeal gives us a unique opportunity to come together as one people to learn about the important work of Christ in our region, and to give generously to ensure His will is done.Please share my hope and confidence in the people of our Archdiocese to exceed the goals presented in the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your efforts in the appeal are a practical way to empower the Church to “Go Make Disciples.”You and those you love are in my prayers. Please continue to keep me in yours.Most Reverend Paul S. CoakleyArchbishop of Oklahoma City