Thanksgiving 2017

Dear Friends:

A well-known Christian theologian has observed, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank-you’ that would suffice.”

This wise observation reminds us that the spirit of thanksgiving is at the heart and soul of our Christian Faith.  After all we are a “eucharistic people.”  Week after week we gather at the Lord’s table to “give thanks and praise to God.”

Although Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday and not a Christian holyday, it offers us, nonetheless, a perfect opportunity to pause, reflect, count our blessings, and to praise God for his goodness and love.

It is also an opportunity for me to sincerely and personally thank you for all you do for the Church.  Thank you for your vibrant and active faith.  Thank you for your personal, material and spiritual support.  All that the Church does – we couldn’t do it without you!

I pray that you and your family and friends will have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely Yours,

Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence


Over the next few days, as we come together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving...with food and fun and pie and naps and maybe even a little football, we will have you on our minds and give thanks to you, knowing the truth behind those six important words found in Bishop Tobin’s Thanksgiving message above:

“We couldn’t do it without you!”

Throughout the year, the staff, volunteers, and leadership at Catholic Charities see, first-hand, the impact of your generosity.

That’s why it’s so important that we not only celebrate all that we have and all that God has given us during Thanksgiving, but that we also give thanks for the many ways you make it possible for the Catholic Charity Appeal to do so much for the many individuals in need throughout our state.

You may not have the opportunity to meet each person you’ve helped. You may never see the faces of the men, women, children, and seniors whose lives are changed for the better because of your generosity. But I hope you know your goodness will never go unnoticed.  

Without you, Catholic Charities could not feed our hungry Rhode Island neighbors. We could not provide a bed for those who would otherwise be forced to sleep out in the cold...or help a family keep their lights on when faced with challenges they can’t overcome alone...or keep the heat on for Rhode Island seniors who live in fear each winter when the high cost of heating a home goes beyond reach.

You may not see the impact of your generosity. But those you’ve helped are ever so grateful:

Mary Conte, a mother of two boys and graduate of Rhode Island College spent her career helping others as an officer with the Department of Children, Youth and Families. But when she slipped down icy stairs one cold, winter night, her injuries were so severe she was forced to leave her job. But she is grateful and thanks you for being there when her family struggled just to pay for heat and electricity.

Brett Perry was homeless when he first walked through the doors of Emmanuel House of Providence. Today, he’s living in his own apartment and is working towards his nursing degree. He knows it's his calling to help others the same way people like you helped him. He is grateful for your generosity.

The Taylor family turned to the Office of the Apostolate for People with Disabilities because they needed a place for their disabled son, Mark, to participate in the sacramental life of the Church. Because of caring Catholics like you, the Diocese was able to give Mark and his family an amazing gift: a specialized, symbolic catechesis community they could join in a convenient, neighboring parish.  Today, Mark and his family celebrate the Catholic Mass together, as one.

The young mother raised without a mother or father of her own needed help raising her own children. All she asked for was someone she could talk to...someone who would listen with compassion and understanding, someone who would not judge. Because of you, she was able to turn to St. Gabriel’s Call, a ministry of the Diocese. She is grateful because she received the help she was looking for.

The Ruggieri family lost their teenage son, Michael, in a car accident. They are grateful for the support they received through the Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Group, supported by the Catholic Charity Appeal.

You have done so much for so many. For that, we are grateful. I hope you know that you will be in our thoughts not only on Thanksgiving day, but throughout each day of the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)





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