We can change lives, but it starts with you

As Catholics, we are challenged everyday to make the world a better place. But where do we start? It is a daunting task that sometimes goes undone simply because of its enormity.

As Catholics, we are challenged everyday to make the world a better place. But where do we start? It is a daunting task that sometimes goes undone simply because of its enormity.

“When you give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries … you give to us.” That is a phrase we have used this year because we want to emphasize and highlight some of the people positively affected by gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal. Ministries supported by the Appeal assist people in need daily within our community.

Every day someone in our community is helped by a ministry supported by the Bishop’s Appeal, many times silently and without fanfare.

Maybe you, a family member or friend has been touched by one of the many ministries supported by the Bishop’s Appeal. It might be that welcoming visit from a chaplain during your or a loved one’s stay at the hospital or your conversation with one of the seminarians currently studying to become a priest.

You might have encountered a young person who is taking part in his or her parish youth ministry program, or you may be familiar with the assistance provided the poor in our community by Catholic Charities of Dallas. Our priests who provide us wisdom, guidance, and leadership throughout our faith journey can never be adequately thanked. All these and many more essential ministries and people continue their work here to make this a better place.

Real people are the recipients of your donations to the Bishop’s Appeal. Day after day, committed individuals are working in numerous ministries to assist you and me on our journey. Without their help and guidance, we can lose our way. They make our world a better place.

As daunting a task as it may seem for each of us to make a difference in our world, I do know that one place you can start is with the Bishop’s Appeal.

You can and will make a difference in the lives of so many in our diocese by making a gift. Please prayerfully consider the positive impact you can have on someone’s life by giving to the Appeal. Imagine what we can do with the opportunities presented before us to make our world a better place.

Jim Urbanus is the development director for the Diocese of Dallas.