Joyful Thanks this Christmas

It was just a short while ago that we witnessed Pope Francis’ action to name this past year the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  As we wrap up this special year and approach Christmas, it has never been more important to remember our mission of sharing the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. We are so grateful for everything that you have done to support our efforts in helping those with great needs in our community; in welcoming the stranger, and healing the physical and spiritual hurts.

Christmas - Andrea E. Seyka, CEO of St. Vincent Catholic Charities

It is my pleasure to acknowledge Dr. Homa, one of our clinical psychiatrists, who for over 35 years has ministered to children coming to us in great mental and spiritual pain. You’ll read about his dedication in our newsletter’s feature story.  This also puts a fine point on this issue’s infographic which attempts to quantify the depth of service that the children in residence at the Children’s Home receive from all of us, including donors and volunteers, here at STVCC.

I am often asked to distinguish how St. Vincent Catholic Charities is different from other organizations, especially other church-based programs.  The best answer I can give is that every charitable effort evolves from the needs of its community, its history and the organizations capacity.  In the case of STVCC we have a long and rich history of caring for children, families, and refugees.  So, while we may serve fewer individuals than some organizations, we take on the cases which require a depth and breadth of service that distinguishes STVCC from all the rest.

Thank you to all of the faithful supporters, donors, and our incredibly gifted and committed staff members for making it possible for us to Provide Help, Create Hope, and Transform Lives!

You have my sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Andrea Seyka

“May we be in this world a ray of that light which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all men and women” ~ Pope Francis

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