April 10, 2020

Let us continue to be good stewards in this time of crisis

(En Espanol)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson Greetings in Jesus Christ the Cornerstone! Though it may seem as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel during this time of sheltering and social distancing to combat the coronavirus, let us not forget that every Lenten season of penance and sacrifice gives way to the awesome joy of Easter. Beyond the cross is the wonder of the empty tomb and encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Given the drastic shutdown of so many businesses and various places of work, many are already experiencing great economic, emotional and personal hardship. The prospect of enduring another month or so before the economy can begin to reverse course weighs heavily on many households. The poor and vulnerable are often most impacted by the effects of any crisis.

For those who are blessed with economic security, if you have not already been doing so, please consider providing financial support to your parish in this critical time. The Church stands as a beacon of hope in many communities, hope that does not so much radiate in the brick and mortar of a building as through the ministries and services provided by your parish. Many in our communities, including fellow parishioners, are in need of various forms of medical care. Throughout this pandemic, the archdiocese and parishes are continuing to provide service to the poor and vulnerable, especially by way of food and shelter. This is a particularly lonely and confusing time for those who have never found themselves in a situation of needing to ask for assistance. On behalf of all those served by your generosity, thank you.

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Catholics are not very good at advertising our great works and successes, and rarely do these make the spotlight. The fact remains, however, that the Catholic Church is the single most charitable institution in the United States and the world. The Catholic Church daily provides ministries and services of outreach to thousands of individuals and families. We do so because we are Catholic. Anchored in word and sacrament, especially the Eucharist, service is the hallmark of our baptismal call to holiness and mission in the name of Jesus Christ.

Underlying the incredible charitable works of the Church is the commitment of its members being good stewards and faithful disciples. Please continue to support your parish in helping others who are less fortunate and in need. Pope Francis often points to the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37) and the Parable of the Talents (Mt 25:31-46) as the measure for loving and serving our neighbor. Each of us makes a difference in the lives and spirits of many beyond what can be truly appreciated. 

With assurance of my prayers and blessings for everyone throughout the archdiocese, I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Charles C. Thompson 
Archbishop of Indianapolis 

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