Dear Catholic.net Friend in Christ,
Pope Benedict XVI has said more than once that we are not just facing an economic crisis. Above all, he emphasizes, we are witnessing a crisis of a society that has pursued easy and quick gains — at times to the detriment of justice, solidarity and even the most fundamental ethical values.
Surely this is a historic opportunity to proclaim the Gospel. Christ and Christ alone can give people the answers they are truly seeking.
But how will they know Christ if no one speaks to them about him? (Romans 10:13-15).
This is exactly the question that propels the work of Catholic.net.
As you know, our work of online evangelization and catechesis is only possible thanks to the generous financial support of website visitors like you.
We are most thankful to the thousands of visitors who generously responded to our recent fundraising appeals. We see the grace of God in their willingness to give so that Catholic.net can do its part to bring Christ to the Internet and the Internet to Christ.
Our donors of modest means inspire us in an especially humbling way. (See Mark 12:41-44.) Please keep them and all our donors in your prayers: Pray that the Lord will bless each one many times over for all the sacrifices they make to glorify God.
Today I write you with some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that our last appeal proved a strong testament to our visitors’ sense of solidarity with Catholic.net. They — you — sent or pledged a heartening $103,000 in donations.
The bad news is that our goal — the amount we need to keep Catholic.net online for another year — is $170,000.
This means we need to raise $67,000 by the end of June, when our budgetary year ends.
I know that the terrible economy has much to do with our struggle to meet our goal. I know that many regular visitors to Catholic.net are struggling themselves. And I know that I have no choice but to ask with greater urgency than ever:
• If you regularly visit Catholic.net and have not yet made a donation to keep it going strong, won’t you please give now?
• If you have already given, and you’re able to give a little more, won’t you please help again? We really do need your partnership now more than ever.
Please remember: Donations from our visitors make up Catholic.net’s main source of funding. Your gift will sustain our presence on the World Wide Web and allow us to look toward further growth and development in the Kingdom of Christ.
Help us continue bringing Jesus to the Internet and the Internet to Jesus — FREE.
We offer our unique blend of news, information and inspiration free of charge to many thousands of Catholics around the world. (Did you know that our content is available in six languages?)
We have never charged a subscription fee — and never will, because so many of our visitors live in the world’s poorest regions. A “gated access” website would be an unaffordable luxury not only to poor Catholic laypeople but also to priests and religious who have taken vows of poverty for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ. (We are graced to count many of these among our regular visitors.)
Up-to-the-minute information on the Pope and Magisterium, along with the myriad activities of the Church as a whole, cannot be reserved for an elite few. We want to make sure our life-changing content and faith-formation resources are accessible to everyone.
We also feel called to ensure that our powerful, fruitful and contemporary presentation of the Gospel is available to everyone, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Our mission is to use the power of online connectivity to share Christ’s message of love, peace, justice and hope with all souls — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
That’s why we ask our regular visitors to send a donation according to the measure by which the Lord has blessed them financially. This is an act of solidarity: Your gift of any amount helps bring the Catholic faith to countless online readers who are hungry and thirsty for the Truth — even as it allows you, yourself, to enjoy the same benefits.
Can I count on your generous financial support today?
As you pray about how to respond to this request, I hope you will bear in mind these words of Pope Benedict on World Day of Communications in 2009:
“Bear witness to your faith through the digital world! Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known so that the Good News of God’s infinite love for all people will resound in new ways across our increasingly technological world.”
If you prefer to transfer funds by wire, you will find the information on the same webpage:
To send a check or money order, please make it payable to Catholic.net Inc and mail it to Catholic.net, 432 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473. (Please remember to include your first and last name, and the e-mail address where you receive Catholic.net services, so we can send your receipt.)
Contact me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your kind consideration of this request for help. You have come through for Catholic.net in the past and I know you will come through for us again.
May God be glorified through our speaking to the whole world about Him — around the world and around the clock!
With a warm greeting in the Lord,
P.S. Whether or not you are able to help us financially at this time, please remember the staff and volunteers of Catholic.net in your prayers — and be assured of our prayers for you and your loved ones.
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