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Catholic Appeal to kick-off this weekend


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BRIGHTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston is set to kick-off its 2008 Catholic Appeal, “Handing on the Light of Christ,” during the weekend of March 1 and 2. It is the first time the archdiocese’s annual fundraising effort has been launched during the season of Lent.

Packets of information including a brochure, pledge card and letter from Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley have been provided to parishes and previous donors in advance of the kick-off weekend.

“Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus sent his disciples to go and witness to what they had seen and heard,” Cardinal O’Malley wrote in the letter. “They shared what they had with their fellow disciples and often endured persecution and martyrdom. Because of their witness, the light of Christ was handed on to successive generations.”

The brochure cover features a woman lighting a candle held by a child and inside emphasizes how supporting the appeal helps Catholics throughout the archdiocese. Nearly half of the funds raised go toward specialized services to parishes, and another one-fifth goes to education, formation and evangelization. More than 80 percent of the archdiocese’s central operating fund comes from the appeal.

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