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My dear friends in Christ,

This year’s theme, “Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share,” speaks to one of the many ways we are united in God’s love as Catholic Christians and members of the family that is our Diocese of Bridgeport.

We are also united in giving thanks to God for His many blessings, and in the ways we respond to His call to serve as joyful missionary disciples of Christ.

Through our God who is love, we are called to love each other as brothers and sisters.

Through the richness of our faithfulness and our actions, my friends we are called to support each other through forgiveness, kindness, support, love, and generosity.

We are called to help each other, particularly those who live in need along their journey of life; to help our youth and young adults who are seeking truth by developing their minds, opening their talents and service, and falling in love with the Lord; to help the homeless and the hungry who live among us; to those whose lives are too easily invisible to our larger society; to help our priests, both active and retired, and the men who are studying for priesthood, who will sacrifice their lives in service to the Lord and us. We support their vocations to help them to live out a meaningful, healthy and joyful life.

My friends I am grateful for your past generosity and support, for your gifts have helped sustain our parishes, schools and the leaders in our midst who serve us generously. And now I come to you to ask for your continued support, to help our communities to grow ever stronger in faith, hope, and joyful charity.

As your shepherd in Christ, I ask that you prayerfully consider supporting the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal through sacrificial giving. That the joy that is the Good News of the Gospel will always guide us to live to the honor and glory of Christ through our service of our neighbor.

May God bless you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport