Published on January 1, 2015
A New Year’s Message from Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C
Happy New Year from Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans! As I reflected on “ringing” in the new year, I was reminded of the tradition of ringing bells in our Catholic Church. As Catholics, we ring bells to create a joyful noise for the Lord during Mass. Church bells are also used to call attention to announcements being made, to remember an event, to signal an alert for safety, or simply to mark the time of day.
As we “ring” in this new year, what do we want to celebrate, to accomplish and to focus on in 2015? What will the bells ring for in your life?
At Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, we’re ringing in the new year with JOY – We celebrate the dedicated men and women in our many programs and ministries serving the frail, the poor, the forgotten and the struggling. We rejoice in their continued commitment to the ministries of Catholic Charities and we celebrate their many accomplishments and achievements in 2014.
We’re also ringing in the new year with HOPE – In the face of unforeseen challenges, we know we must be the source of hope during difficult times. It is our calling as the hands and heart of Jesus in our world today. As we prepare to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this year, we look forward in hope as we continue to address the needs and struggles of the people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Finally, we’re ringing in the new year with LOVE – Pope Francis reminds us that when we love one another we are loving and serving Christ. We will continue to seek out the marginalized and serve them with the compassion and love of Jesus Christ.
Yes, the bells are ringing for Catholic Charities in 2015 – let’s ring them for and wide! Thank you for embarking on this journey of service with us in the new year!
God Bless You!
Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C.