One Heart, One Soul - Loving God, Loving One Another.
“We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) At the outset of the One Heart, One Soul Campaign, we could never have foreseen the situation we have faced over these past months. Understanding how profoundly important our parishes and outreach ministries are for the life of the Church, we stepped forward in faith and launched this effort to strengthen them. What we did not realize then – but see so clearly now – is how the One Heart, One Soul Campaign would become such a vital means to help us overcome the challenges of today.
For this reason, we are truly excited to share with you details of the campaign. The booklet you received, which includes an insert specific to your parish, will give you full details of the campaign and how it will benefit the parish, as well as the Diocese as a whole.
While the past months have kept so many of us apart, this campaign is about coming together – all the parishes and missions of the Diocese – to build up our communities, enliven our outreach and ministry, and more effectively live and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is inspired by the unity of the early Church, whose members gave generously, cared for all those in need, and were of “one heart and soul.” (Acts 4: 32-35)
We extend a special thanks to you for your generosity toward All Souls Parish, and we humbly ask you to again bless the parish through a sacrificial gift to the One Heart, One Soul Campaign. We ask that you prayerfully consider a commitment based on the gift chart found on the enclosed pledge card.
We are aware that this is a substantial request, one that requires a sacrifice above and beyond your regular weekly commitment to the parish. We encourage you to review the enclosed case statement to note the plans for the parish, for parishes in need and for the ministries we share with the other parishes in the Diocese. We hope you will find it beneficial in discerning what the Lord is asking of you.
Be assured that we will be grateful for any investment you choose to make.
Along with the booklet and pledge card, also enclosed is a return envelope. In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about the campaign, which we truly hope you will consider supporting. Every gift we receive helps us accomplish our mission and strengthens your parish and our Diocese. Thank you for your ongoing generosity – may we walk together on this journey to build up the Church for today and tomorrow.
• (Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, O.M.I.
Bishop of Hamilton
•Deacon Juan Carlos Veliz All Souls Parish
P.S. You can find our beautiful campaign video and parish-specific campaign information at
https://www.oneheartonesoul.ca/allsoulshamilton a web page designed especially for your parish.