Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His mercy endures forever!

— Psalm 107:1

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Christ Our Hope: Building a Vibrant Church campaign is 25 percent to goal in less than a month since our launch. On behalf of our parishes that benefit most from your generosity, I thank you. To view your parish’s progress visit:

Seven of our parishes are already at 40 percent of their goal, and two are more than 70 percent to goal! There are 83 churches participating in this campaign with needs ranging from increasing parish ministries that serve the poor to capital needs to make the parish more welcoming and accessible — such as a handicap ramp or paving the parking lot — to support for religious education salaries and materials. You can learn more about your parish goals by picking up the parish goals insert after Mass or visiting your parish website.

Virtual Matching Gift Challenge

For those who are still considering a gift, next weekend, Nov. 21-22, I have pledged a $10,000 matching gift to match the first 10 gifts of $1,000 or more received online. The donors’ parish will receive $1,000 towards its goal. To donate online visit:

With Christ as our hope, together we will build a vibrant Church in this place and time and for generations to come.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

+Christopher J. Coyne

Bishop of Burlington