In 2016, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal set an all-time record by raising more than $11,000,000 and I am pleased to report that we helped by contributing $[amount raised in your parish in 2016]. Pope Francis recently shared, “Today, every land is 'mission territory,' every dimension of the human being is mission territory… and today seems to expand every day with men and women in desperate situations.” The theme of this year’s Appeal, Moved by Mercy, is an opportunity for us to serve people who are less fortunate than ourselves. When we strengthen our commitment to serve one another as a family of faith, we benefit from the grace that flows from our service to our fellow brothers and sisters. Through the Annual Appeal, we can provide for genuine acts of charity to help our fellow brothers and sisters of Christ. This week we officially launch our efforts for the 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Our parish goal is $[parish goal]. If you have not received a letter and Appeal information from Archbishop Blair, you will receive it shortly. I am confident that together, with everyone’s participation, our parish will exceed our goal.