Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For many of us, Christmas is a season of great joy. God showed His abundant love for us by sending His son Jesus into the world and into our hearts. Jesus’ story is one of love and hope. We have the opportunity to share His gifts of love and hope with our brothers and sisters who are suffering and in need through the wonderful ministries offered by Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia and Commonwealth Catholic Charities throughout the Diocese.

The Second Collection at all the Christmas Masses is used to support the work of Catholic Charities in assisting the homeless, feeding the hungry, welcoming the refugee, supporting the immigrant, securing adoptive and foster homes for children, caring for pregnant moms and unborn babies and counseling those in crisis. Collectively, Catholic Charities is one of the largest social service providers in Virginia, offering help each and every day during the year. Jesus did not turn away those in need, and neither can we.

Through your generous donations, Catholic Charities will continue to provide solutions, relief and hope throughout our Diocese. One hundred percent of your contribution to the Christmas Second Collection goes to Catholic Charities and they need your support to continue to be a responsive and redeeming presence in our communities. As I remain grateful for your generosity, I ask for your full support to answer the prayers of so many.

I take the opportunity to convey my gratitude and prayers for you and your family during this holy season of Advent and throughout the Christmas season as we celebrate the wonder of Jesus’ birth as did the shepherds and wise men centuries ago.

Gratefully in the Lord,

Very Rev. Msgr. Mark Richard Lane

Diocesan Administrator

Advent 2017