Cameron Choquette was inspired to volunteer to help with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal last year at St. Athanasius parish in Perigord after talking it over with his pastor, Fr. Geoffrey Young.
“It was a good chance to visit with more people from our parish, to get involved and show people that their money towards the Appeal really does change lives in our diocese,” said Cameron, who enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan this fall.
Vocations promotion and the education of future priests is one area where gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are helping to build up the church, he stressed. “The money that we put towards the Appeal helps vocations, helps future priests come in.”
“The Appeal really does help our diocese to grow, and it does help us to reach out to the people in our communities, in our cities, and in our parishes who are struggling,” stressed Cameron. “It’s going to change a life, it’s going to make a difference.”
George Rolheiser of St. Donatus parish in St. Donatus has volunteered to help with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal since it was launched some 32 years ago by Bishop James Mahoney.
“I support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal because it is a good way to live out this year’s gospel theme – ‘whatsoever you did for the least of these, you did it for me,’” said George. “Supporting the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a practical way to live out the gospel.”
Among the many initiatives supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is one that is particularly dear to George’s heart – the Lay Formation program, which helps Catholics learn more about their faith, enrich their prayer life, deepen their relationship with God, and experience Christian community. “I was lucky enough to participate in the Lay Formation program for two years, and I was on the Lay Formation team for another 18 years,” said George.
“It was the best experience of my life – the best thing I ever did,” George says of Lay Formation.
“I saw people come together as a community, bond as a family... I saw the goodness of people, and I saw God’s work. ”
If you have questions or would like more information about these or any other ministries, please visit the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com or call the Catholic Pastoral Centre at (306) 242-1500 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005.