“Forgiveness, mercy and grace are available to you from God at every moment and in every circumstance ... even when they are not available to you from others,” said Deacon James Russo sharing the words of Pope Francis in saying, “God never tires of forgiving.”
“God has given us the perfect tool kit to live that life of holiness. He gives us the feminine genius, our charisms, the Holy Spirit, sacred Scripture and the Eucharist,” said Kelly Wahlquist, one of the keynoters at “Women: Hearts Afire – Be Who God Made You to Be,” the second annual Diocesan women’s conference May 5 at DeSales University, Center Valley.
“The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) helps Carbon County in many ways, benefitting our communities today and in the future,” Richard and Kathy Reaman, said.
“I like to keep art and objects as close to its original state as possible. So I began to research that statue and was shocked with what I found,” said Karin Crossley, parishioner and local artist.
“The program is an instrument or tool of the new evangelization par excellence,” said Deacon Bob Ellis, national coordinator, World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.
“Scripture teaches us that faith which does nothing in practice is thoroughly lifeless. As Catholics, we are called to reach out in love to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ ... to be the heart and hands of Jesus in ministering to those in need,” said Michael and Irene Kolessar, chairpersons for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in Northampton County.
“Ultimately the deacon is called to be a man of service, both to God and to his people, and I am very excited to share in this great privilege and responsibility.”
The Bishop’s Scholar Awards Ceremony presented $140,000 in scholarships to 131 students based on their academic achievement; their school, parish and community activities; their leadership roles; and recommendations from their principal and their pastor.
“As we reflect on this responsibility, it brings to mind how truly blessed we are, and reinforces more than ever the need for us all to respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, give drink to those who thirst, welcome those who are strangers, clothe the naked, and visit those who are ill, or in prison, as we’re not here for ourselves,” said Frank Fox.