Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2020

Published: February 2, 2020

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor recorded the following homily to be played at all Masses in Arkansas on Feb. 1-2, 2020.

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Bishop Taylor

In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us: “I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you ... by the love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”

These words of Jesus give us insight into the cost of discipleship. It is measured by our love for each other and in our diocese, one of the ways we express this love is by supporting the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal (CASA), which is what I would like to speak with you about today.

The outreach of CASA is immense across our diocese, and I would like to highlight some of the ways your support is sharing the love of Christ with each other and our neighbors. The Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal helps to:

In addition to these programs, which reach every demographic in every part of Arkansas, we also use $100,000 collected in the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal each year to provide grants to our Catholic schools, and another $100,000 for grants to parish religious education and youth programs.

Moreover, your response to this appeal these last 10 years has enabled us to build a House of Formation for seminarians located at (Our Lady of) Good Counsel Parish in Little Rock. Your past donations have also provided money to reopen a building for use by Catholic charities and remodel our Fletcher Hall retreat center, used by hundreds of Catholics every weekend of the year.

I know all this may sound overwhelming, but people tell me I need to do a better job of letting you know what CASA funds, so I hope this helps. Actually, there is more, but even so, I hope the sheer volume of this list will make it clear just how important your contribution is. When you contribute, you become my partner in providing these services to people in every corner of our state ... things that would not happen without the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal.

As in the past, I ask for 1 percent of your income and I ask for everyone to participate ... even if you can’t quite manage 1 percent at this time. As disciples of Jesus, let us be courageous in our love for each other, especially towards our sisters and brothers in Christ, by being generous.