Bishop’s Faith Appeal 2019-01-10T09:20:27+00:00

Our Stewardship Prayer

O God, Loving Creator and Source of all that we have, thank you for the many gifts you have given your people, our parishes and the Diocese of Beaumont. Grant us the spirit of true Christian Stewardship so we may carry out Your Mission. Open our minds to the Gospel Message. Open our hearts to conversion.Open our hands that we might freely share the gifts you have bestowed upon us. May sorrow, conflict and poverty be diminished in our Diocese because we have responded in Christ-like love and generosity. Gracious God, send us your Spirit to accompany us on our Journey to Stewardship. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

– Micah 6:8

Thank You For Sharing In Our Need

We give thanks to our God at our every remembrance of our generous stewards, our pastors, parish leaders and all those who partner with us in grace to carry out the work of Jesus through diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.  We pray always with joy in our hearts at our every thought of them. Remembering how they have helped us to spread the Good News. We are confident the One who began this good work in them will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

What does our God require of each of us?

The prophet Micah answers that question emphatically and simply: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.  With burning eloquence, he addresses the exploiters, the fraudulent and the corrupt who have hardened their hearts against the poor and the vulnerable of his day.  His words echo through the centuries and into the messiness of our own lives as the prophet asks us to open our hearts and our hands to the needs of God’s people.

Act with Justice

Join with us in carrying out the Gospel message by being part of diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through the Bishop’s Faith Appeal. These ministries establish a community where all are included. Our African American Ministry sponsors a yearly multi-cultural celebration occurring near the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Our Hispanic Ministry responds to the growing need for evangelization to the thousands of recent immigrants who now make their homes in Southeast Texas. Our Apostleship of the Sea Ministry provides for the spiritual needs of those who enter our ports: more than 50,000 mariners yearly.

Love Mercy

Pope Francis has asked us to “enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God.” In truth, all of us are poor or vulnerable in some way and in need of God’s grace. Our ministries respond to those various forms of poverty. Each year hundreds of unemployed, elderly, and homeless people are fed at Catholic Charities’ Hospitality Center. And, hundreds of others are fed spiritually as they are formed in our faith through ministries like our Campus Ministry, our Family Life Ministry and our Youth Ministry.

Walk with our God

Our Lord expects us, as good Stewards, to share these gifts and blessings. Never were they meant to be kept for ourselves alone.  Instead they were meant to be shared with those in need of God’s many and varied graces. Join with your diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas as they empower others through their works. See your blessings increase as new aspirants enter the diaconate and then go on to serve in our communities.  Watch as your gifts to the 2018 Bishop’s Faith Appeal help Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry keep our young people grounded in their faith and practicing it long after they leave home.

Will you open your heart to others as Jesus did?

 

2019 BFA Chairs

Diocesan Chairs

Diocesan Chairs Joe and Theresa Herink
Priest Chair Fr. Joseph Khana Ho
New Participation Chair Gwen Cormier
New Participation Chair Ernesto Alverez
Honorary Chair Jean Andrews
Honorary Chair James Phelan

Parish Chairs

Parish Name
Our Mother of Mercy – Ames
Our Mother of Mercy – Ames
Our Lady of Light – Anahuac
St. Anthony – Beaumont Margaret Middleton
St. Anne – Beaumont Gay Domingue
St. Anne – Beaumont Michael Olsen
St. Anne – Beaumont Dennise Domingue
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Lisa Ford
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Sandra Abbage
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Sonya Donato
Our Lady of the the Assumption – Beaumont Paul Montes
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Lisa Rene
Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont Yvonne Jenkins
Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont Philip Johnson
Cristo Rey – Beaumont Humberto Villarreal
Cristo Rey – Beaumont Silvia Rodriguez
St. Joseph – Beaumont Linda Le
St. Pius X – Beaumont Carl and Nicole Sparrow
Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont Ted Stuberfield
Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont Jackie Simien
St. Jude Thaddeus – Beaumont Sara and Guy Tenini
St. Henry – Bridge City Forrest and Roberta Overstreet
St. Martin – Cheek Doug and Helen Cormier
St. Martin – Cheek Elroy and Sharon Lemelle
Our Lady of Sorrows – China Liz Gallier
Our Lady of Sorrows – China Carolyn Hardy
St. Mary – Cleveland Theresa Avalos
St. Martin de Porres – Corrigan
St. Joseph the Worker – Dayton Larry Harris
St. Anne – Eastgate Miguel and Arely Leyva
St. Mary – Fannett Charlie and Karen Reneau
Immaculate Conception/St. Peter – Groves
St. Michael – Jasper Regina and Bill Lawrence
Our Lady of LaSalette – Kirbyville Regina and Bill Lawrence
Holy Spirit – Kountze Phillip Mayeaux
Immaculate Conception – Liberty
Immaculate Conception – Liberty
St. Joseph – Livingston
St. Joseph – Livingston
Infant Jesus – Lumberton  Dan Maher
St. Maurice – Mauriceville Stacy and Kevin Menard
Holy Trinity – Mont Belvieu David and Kay Lafitte
St. Charles – Nederland
St. Mary – Orange
St. Therese – Orange  Shirley Ray
St. Francis – Orange  Diana Breaux
St. Helen – Orangefield Irene Austin
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Linda Johnson
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Dana McComber
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Ricardo Serna
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur Carla Santos
Sacred Heart/St. Mary – Port Arthur
Sacred Heart/St. Mary – Port Arthur
St. Catherine – Port Arthur Louise Colletti
St. James – Port Arthur Connie Deal
St. James – Port Arthur Marla King
St. John – Port Arthur
St. Joseph – Port Arthur
St. Joseph – Port Arthur
Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur Carol Vui Pham
St. Elizabeth – Port Neches
St. Raymond – Rayburn Regina and Bill Lawrence
Sacred Heart – Raywood Alma Hodge
St. Mark – Silsbee
Our Lady of Victory – Sour Lake Ionna and Hal Redmon
Our Lady of Lourdes – Vidor Stephen Sellers
St. Louis – Winnie
Our Lady of the Pines – Woodville David and Jessie Day

The Appeal- Intercessions/Petitions

Throughout the course of the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please use at least one of the following petitions each weekend. Please make these available now to your liturgists and lectors.

Advance Gift Phase:

To act justly, may we consider the many gifts that God has given us and use them to serve one another – especially in challenging times – as we answer our baptismal call.

We pray…

Education Weekend:

That all of us may demonstrate an understanding that we represent the Catholic Church to the Southeast Texas community so that we may walk humbly with our God.

We pray …

Commitment Weekend:

That we may act in accordance with God’s will by sharing our gifts with the greater community through our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities.

We pray …

Follow-up Weekend:

That we may answer God’s call to carry the Gospel message to the poor, the lost, the vulnerable and the unchurched acting as one faith community, especially with those in need of mercy.

We pray …

Follow-up Weekends:

We ask that we may always be hospitable to one another, including the stranger among us, without complaining, and serve one another as good Stewards of our many gifts realizing that all those gifts come from Him who act justly.

We pray …

Throughout the Year:

That as we deepen our commitment to the Gospel message, we come to understand that Stewardship becomes a way of life when we act with love and justice.

We pray …

 

Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements

EDUCATION WEEKEND – February 16-17

Next weekend, we will be asked to make a commitment to support our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through our prayers and our financial gifts.  We do this each year through our Bishop’s Faith Appeal.  This year’s theme is “Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” taken from Micah 6:8. To do justice refers to human behavior in relationship to others. To love goodness refers to the kind of love and concern which is at the heart of the covenant; it is persistently faithful. To walk humbly with your God means to listen carefully to the revealed will of God doing what is required of us. Imagine a community where none go hungry, where all feel welcomed, where those who mourn are comforted and where those who are lost learn of the healing love of Jesus.   This kind of community is established when we act with love and justice. Know that our diocesan ministries are already doing much to bring about such a community through their work.  And if you and I join them through our support they can do much more.  Please take the time this week to learn about their work by reading the Appeal materials that are being provided to you today and by reading the latest edition of our East Texas Catholic. If our parish exceeds its goal, the overage is returned to the parish. Many parishes use their overage to accomplish special projects that they deem to be a goal of their own.

COMMITMENT WEEKEND – February 23-24

Today is the day that Bishop Guillory and our parish ask(ed) for your support for 2019 Bishop’s Faith Appeal. Our theme this year – “Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” – is a call to all of us to create a community of welcoming believers here in Southeast Texas who  reflect  God’s mercy and  act with justice.  You can help create that type of community by supporting diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through a prayer and financial commitment today.  Those ministries help to feed the hungry through our own Hospitality Center in Port Arthur. They support marriages through our Family Life Ministry’s many retreats. And they evangelize to the young through Diocesan Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry at Lamar. That’s just a small part of what they do to build a just  community that extends mercy.  Remember, God asks that your gift only be proportional to what you have been given. Your BFA parish team and Father (Msgr.) have already made their pledges. Please make your prayer and financial commitment this week.

FOLLOW -UP WEEKEND – March 2-3

If you have not made your gift to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please prayerfully consider doing so. Our hospitality ministers are again passing out the Pew-Pledge Envelopes and the Spiritual Pledge/Intention Cards. They are also passing out our Pew Art Pledge Cards, so our little ones can draw a prayer pledge for our ministries. The Appeal continues to be necessary because many needs in our diocese cannot be effectively met by the individual Christian or by our local parish alone. Currently, our diocesan ministries are facing increased requests for their work. They need your help to respond to these requests. We thank everyone who has pledged to the 2019 Appeal. If you have not made a pledge, we ask you to pray to the Holy Spirit as you consider your blessings. Then we ask you to make a proportional and intentional gift of your treasure and your prayer time to the appeal based on your current circumstances this year. Think about this: if you have not suffered from hunger, you are better off than many U.S. citizens who live in deep poverty. Some of them are your neighbors here in Southeast Texas. We ask that you make a pledge to the appeal, as an expression of your gratitude for your many blessings.

2nd FOLLOW-UP WEEKEND – March 9-10

On behalf of Bishop Guillory and the more than 110,000 individuals who are served by our diocesan ministries, I thank all those who have pledged to this year’s Bishop’s Faith Appeal. If you have not made a financial and prayer pledge, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so. Pledge envelopes and Spiritual Pledge/Intention cards are available in the pews.

 

 

 

Contact Information


Physical Address
710 Archie Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Telephone: (409) 924-4300

Office phone
(409) 924-4300 x4302

Fax number
(409) 838-4511

Email
bfa@dioceseofbmt.org

Bishop's Faith Appeal funds are used to support the Ministries of the Diocese of Beaumont benefiting our local community.