Dear Friends in Christ,
On the first Sunday of Lent, March 9/10, 2019, Catholics throughout the United States are being asked to help support the National Black and Indian Mission Collection.
This Collection has for the last 135 years, changed the landscape of evangelization and education efforts for Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans throughout the United States. Our financial support of the Collection is the mechanism that affects the Church’s evangelization efforts. We all agree that never have the needs for the Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans communities been so great. History tells us that lasting change to a community can all come through faith, hope and charity.
Education is fundamental in changing the mores and morals of a society. Your monetary assistance provides opportunities for a solid Catholic education in our Indian and Black Catholic mission schools, allows the purchase of catechetical materials and bibles, and provides for the formation of lay leadership, to name just a few ways the collection supports evangelization.
I ask everyone in the Diocese of Colorado Springs to make a sacrificial gift to the 2019 Black and Indian Mission Collection. Your generosity to this collection reflects the depths of your faith and your willingness to help our brothers and sisters in need; it is an opportunity to evangelize and further the missionary cause of bringing the Gospel to our African American and Native American family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan
Bishop of Colorado Springs