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Dear Friends in Christ,

 
This year for our Bishop’s Annual Appeal in the Diocese of Baker, we have chosen the theme “Faith Rich in Mercy”, focusing on taking the mercy of God to heart ourselves and inspiring others to “find the road that leads to the Father.”  The beautiful Washing of Feet representation on the front of this brochure and on our poster shows Jesus’ commandment “that you love one another as I have loved you” in action. “God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing,” Pope Benedict writes. “He . . . makes us see and experience His love, and since He has ‘loved us first,’ love can also bloom as a response within us.” We begin to love, not because we have to, but because we want to. We love from within, not from without.

 

As you can see, to do my work as bishop I must call on the help of the faithful throughout the diocese. God calls me to be merciful in my personal life, yes; but my calling is always part of our calling to build up a church of mercy.  As a parish and as a diocese we must be merciful because it takes more than two hands to lift up all those who are bowed down. Working with others who have a heart for misery multiplies the victories of mercy.  Through your support of the annual appeal, which makes the many and varied ministries of the Diocese of Baker possible, you help bring to life the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in our parishes and in our Diocese. I ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, so that, as Church, we may continue to share the mercy of God which has been revealed to us through the words and actions of Jesus Christ.

 

May our good God open our minds, our hearts, and our hands to offer a year steeped with Faith Rich in Mercy that will touch those in our parishes, in our community, and those far away.

 

In Christ Jesus our Lord,
 


Most Reverend Liam Cary
Bishop of Baker