A Message From Archbishop Lori (view the Archbishop's Homily here)
As Catholics living in the 21st Century, we, at first glance, seem to have very little in common with those early followers of Christ, who faced the very real fear of persecution for their beliefs. However, though our day-to-day challenges seem to vary greatly from theirs, we share with them the need to constantly strive to reflect the light of Christ, as stated by Pope Paul VI from Vatican II's Lumen Gentium, No. 4 by "proclaiming the Gospel to every creature." And while Christ's light burns brightly within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, it often requires great effort to refuel. This is why this year's Archbishop's Annual Appeal, entitled A Light Brightly Visible, is so important to the success of our mission.
The Archbishop's Annual Appeal helps us to bring the Gospel to our community of faith and fulfill its spiritual needs. Indeed, the Appeal helps us radiate Christ's light, enabling our parishes to continue enriching the spiritual communities they have built, and to guide the Faithful through every stage of life by celebrating Mass and the Sacraments with them.