CMA 2010: Let Your Light Shine

By | September 5, 2019

[music] [singing]
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…>>Bishop Clark: Let your light shine before others
so that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in Heaven. This passage from the Lord’s Sermon on the
Mount challenges us to let our light shine in support of others and serves as the inspirational
theme of this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal. Supporting the CMA helps provide
a light to inspire all of us, especially those who are new to our church, a light to guide our youth to deepen and stay
connected with their faith, a light to rescue those who are suffering
and those less fortunate, a light to assist our parishes and pastoral leaders. Every day across our Diocese Catholics shine
brightly. Two of those stories are in this short video. Please let your light shine by supporting this
year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal. Thank you and may the light of Christ
guide you and bless you. [singing]
Shine, shine, shine, shine… gonna let it shine. Shine, shine, shine, shine… gonna let it shine…>>Narrator: With the help of the
Catholic Ministries Appeal, Catholic Charities shines a light of hope on
thousands of families and individuals across our 12-county Diocese. Catholic Charities provides youth programs,
public policy advocacy, emergency support for those in need,
housing services that help the homeless, and provides support and counsel for
first-time homebuyers.>>Kathy Dubel: Our first-time homebuyer
program is unique in that it really is a bridge to the future for families
who have been renters. We provide one-on-one training,
homebuyer education, prior to purchase. And then with some purchase assistance,
they’re able to find a home in the city of Elmira.>>Ann Connolly: I’m from Elmira, so this was a place
where we wanted to raise our kids with family close by.>>Kevin Connolly: We were interested in buying a
home but ‘interest’ was really the only word because we didn’t really think we had the money
for a down payment. And it’s a scary process to purchase a home
but Catholic Charities definitely provided us the confidence that we were
doing the right thing every step of the way.>>Kathy Dubel: When the Catholic community
contributes to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, the light shines so brightly. We’re able to be that beacon for people to see
that there is a future of hope. Ann Connolly: Without their support and their
guidance, we wouldn’t be here today. So I would really encourage people to make their
contribution and know that it goes a long way and it lasts a long time. [singing]
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine… shine, shine, shine, shine…. gonna let it shine.>>Karen Ludwig: As part of the body of Christ,
I believe it’s absolutely vital that we have our young people involved in
our church experiences. If one of them is missing, the body is less than
a whole and it is up to us to encourage and invite these young people
into the life of the church. The Foundations Program was started
four years ago in the Diocese of Rochester and its goals are to assist teens in identifying
their own personal skills, their gifts, their talents, their skills of working in a group,
as well as giving them lifelong leadership skills that they can use not only in the work place
but in their home life and in the church life. As a youth minister, it’s part of my job to watch for
that light, and there was something within Becca that just needed a spark, and The Foundations
seemed to be the place to send her in order to really light that fire.>>Becca Hilsdorf: It’s made a huge change in my life.
I’m a member of the Diocesan Youth Committee, planning the upcoming convention. I’ve just taken
a big, more of a leadership role in the church. I’m a lector, I’ve been a eucharistic minister. Karen has passed that light on to me by allowing
me to take leadership roles in youth group and I intend to pass that light along to others by
encouraging them to just get deeper into their faith. Support the Catholic Ministries Appeal because
children are the future of our church. [singing]
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…>>Narrator: These stories shine a light on just
two of the thousands of individuals and families who have benefited from the CMA. Your generous support is needed to keep the
light of Christ burning brightly across our 12-county Diocese. Just think about how bright our light could shine
if each and every household supported this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal. [singing]
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine… Shine, shine, shine, shine…. Gonna let it shine.
Shine, shine, shine, shine…. Gonna let it shine.

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