The Lord is With Us Dear Friends, Every year at the end of April, the Diocese of Rockford announces the Diocesan Appeal. This year’s theme of the appeal is The Lord is With Us, which calls us to a deeper reflection on the truth that God is always present in our lives. He is with us in each and every second and every situation of our life. God is present among us in many different ways. However, the clearest way of His presence we experience, is in the community of the Church. He is present in the communities of God’s people, including our diocese and our parish. In order to make the experience of God’s presence among us available to more and more people, the Diocese of Rockford sponsors many ministries that make it possible. It is why every year we have the Diocesan Appeal through which each of us can participate in the work of evangelization. Because of your generous donations, the Diocese of Rockford can serve us all through, “Life and Family Evangelization Office to teach and prepare men and women for the fullness of God’s plan as faith-filled husbands, wives and mothers and fathers as they are called to marriage. Your support for our 22 seminarians studying for the priesthood assures the future of our faith and the ability to teach and minister to the body and soul of all Catholics as we called to serve others in our diocese and in our world. All those efforts bring the faith to others in one form or another on your behalf. That, of course, requires our financial commitment. And we fulfill that commitment through our support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.” I am very grateful to all of you who supported last year’s Diocesan Appeal with generous hearts. This year, the Diocese of Rockford is asking us to support the appeal with $132,000. We ask you as always to be as generous as you can. Some can give more, some less, some none. No offering is too big or too small. We thank you for all. Based on the actual history of monetary support of our parish, if each family will give $150 to this year’s Diocesan Appeal, our goal could easily be achieved. Thank you, as always, for your great generosity. Your participation and prayers are important to our success. May you experience, during this Easter Season, a greater gratitude to God and a deeper sense of love and unity with our Risen Lord, our Catholic faith community at this parish, the Rockford Diocese, and the Church Universal. Peace and Goodness, Fr. Peter Sarnicki, OFM, Conv.