View the parish DSF Summary Report here.
This year's theme for the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) is "You will be enriched in every way for great generosity."(2 Corinthians 9:11)
When we follow Christ's call, it is most appropriate that we give of ourselves through stewardship for we discover that our response brings many gifts to us. The gifts given are gifts to be shared. When you give of your resources for DSF, you are answering the call of discipleship in a most concrete and effective way that benefits the common good of the whole archdiocese.
Each year the DSF operates in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to help carry out each of the ministries of teaching and sanctifying. Of the sixty-plus programs under its umbrella, DSF brings the needed financial resources to carry out these same ministries.
My dear friends in Christ,
Since the earliest days of the Church, a defining mark of the Christian community has been the way it provides for the spiritual and material needs of others.In imitation of Jesus Christ who “though he was rich, became poor and emptied himself for our sakes”, St. Paul exhorted the early Christian communities to see their own giving and labors of mutual support as integral to the task of bearing the image of Jesus Christ to the world. Our HolyFather, PopeFrancis, recently echoed St. Paul, reminding us that “Christ leads us to go out from ourselves, to give ourselves and serve others.”
This week marks the first weekend of the Diocesan Services Fund 2014, which offers vital support to more than 60 ministries, sustaining the mission entrusted to the Church and providing many opportunities for growth in Christian discipleship.
This year’s DSF film and brochure highlights a number of these ministries. Catholic Charities’ Adoption Services allows many couples to respond to God’s call in their lives to raise a family in love and hand on the truths of our faith.We’ve featured two such special couples whose lives have been enriched directly through the DSF.
Transmitting the faith also requires a vigilant educational effort. The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (formerly known as CCE) seeks to ensure that you and your parish have the most effective resources needed to help families and communities learn their faith well and witness to it in the world. This DSF-supported office trains catechetical leaders specifically for this task. I cannot emphasize enough how important this office is for our life long formation and growth in holiness.
The Office of Vocations assists men and women in discerning God’s call to the priestly and religious life.In the film, Fr. Clint Ressler shares his own powerful vocation story and how he has seen this office form shepherds after God’s own heart.
The Diocesan Services Fund is a way for all of us to extend the love and enrichment thatChrist has first of all given to us.Your help today is greatly needed and appreciated,and I encourage you especially to pray for these ministries that your generous contributions sustain. Once again, I am deeply grateful for your support.
Your faithful Shepherd,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston