FALL RIVER — With less than two weeks to go, the 2017 Fall River Diocese Catholic Charities Appeal has entered the homestretch, and Appeal officials are asking those who have not yet made their donation to do so before its June 28th conclusion.

Results to date are “encouraging,” said Jim Campbell, director of Development for the Diocese. He pointed out that anyone can follow the progress of the Appeal by visiting its website at www.frdioc-catholiccharities.org and checking the status bar on the homepage, which is updated daily.

Proceeds from the Catholic Charities Appeal support the charitable programs, ministries, and agencies sponsored by the Fall River Diocese throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.

In a recent letter on the Catholic Charities Appeal, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., notes the “proud history” of the Diocese in serving the poor and needy, and explains that this year’s Appeal theme of “Whatsoever you do,” taken from the Gospel of Matthew, reflects “our call to always be ready to serve.”

It is his hope, he writes, that the Catholic Charities Appeal is not seen as a burden, “but rather as an opportunity to pray and give thanks, to share your gifts with others, and to serve one another.”

Many parishes throughout the Fall River Diocese are using these last days of the Appeal to redouble efforts to reach out to prospective donors, reminding them that Appeal-funded services help respond with spiritual and material assistance to those in need within their own local communities.

“The work of the parishes in soliciting parishioners and businesses in the local community for the poor and those in need in our area is the heart of the Appeal,” said Campbell. “I am impressed by the depth of commitment that our faithful demonstrate every day and the tremendous effect these efforts have to so many concerned and compassionate parishioners from all across the diocese.”

Donations to the Catholic Charities Appeal can be sent to Appeal headquarters at P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, Mass. 02722; dropped off at any parish in the diocese; or made through the Appeal website at www.frdioc-catholiccharities.org.

For more information, visit the website, contact the Appeal Office at 508-675-1311, or send an email to Jim Campbell at jcampbell@dioc-fr.org.

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