Well, for the last two weeks, the Appeal has been a central effort of most parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington DC. We have been asked to pray for those who give (and for those who do not give), bulletin announcements have been printed, direct mailings have been made, and a multitude of stories in the Catholic Standard.
A taped message, by Archbishop Wuerl, was played at each Mass. Sorry to say, when I could hear it, it was a pretty lackluster appeal.
Then, once again, we were given forms to complete. Now maybe the Archdiocese feels that it gets a better response by telling people to pick up the form, take a pencil, and fill in your last name, your name and the name of your spouse. Then enter in your address -- street, city and zip code. You get the idea.
Sorry, we are not idiots, contrary to popular opinion. We know how to complete the forms and if we want to, we will do it.
Once again, I urge you not to give.
As I have written before:
the most fundamental to me is the fact that we continue to let pro-abortion, anti-true marriage politicians continue to receive Holy Communion on our parishes, but say/do nothing. To me, that is the our current scandal.
Our clergy and religious celebrate the election of a pro-abortion politicians, or praise them when they have died.
We have anti-Church groups meeting on a regular basis in our parishes.
When pro-gay legislation is passed, our Archbishop remains silent.
But as I have said before, find a group that supports the teachings of the Magesterium or helps those less fortunate directly. Give the funds directly to them.
Then, and only then, with the Archbishop get the message.