ACTION ITEM! #GivingTuesday suggestions from @FatherZ

Americans are generous.  Catholics are generous.  We are hard-wired to help.  We are especially interested in concrete ways to help, not vaporous.  We are also a little concerned about how the money we contribute is used.   I am.

Here are suggestions for your donation dollars.

First, year in and year out I have recommended a clinic here in Madison, Our Lady of Hope Clinic.  OLHC It is run entirely on Catholic moral principles and it provides health care for the poor.  I go there. I contribute.  CLICK HERE  The average cost of a visit to OLHC is approximately $80.  A gift of $150 pays for nearly 2 doctor’s visits for a uninsured patient.  Right now and through the end of the year, there is a generous donor who will match your donation.  You donation will have twice the impact.  A little while ago, I brought them a Daniel Mitsui print of Our Lady of Hope which I blessed and which now hangs in their waiting room.   The Clinic is trying to expand.    I have a strong sense of goodness when I go there.

Next, the TMSM, the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of MadisonCLICK HERE  This also a 501(c)3 organization.   I am the president for some years now.  We have over the years been building a good treasury of vestments.  One day a cathedral will be built here and we will have worthy vestments for pontifical ceremonies.  We are going to turn our attention to new aspects of spreading and fostering Tradition in the next years.  Donations have come in from readers all over the country.  In turn, I firmly believe that the work of the TMSM, made known through this blog, has helped to inspire people in other places to get organized.   We depend on you and I am grateful for the help.  What we are doing, I believe, helps to raise the tide that helps all boats to rise.

Also, would you also consider giving support to the Archdiocese for Military Services (AMS)?   CLICK HERE Chaplains play a mission critical role for our troops and their dependents.  Remember that the families of those who are serving are also under the AMS, wherever they are.  The Archdiocese for the Military is a complicated operation.  Your support will help them provide spiritual care for people who are giving their lives to serve.  Over the years the time I have spent on bases has given me explicit demonstrations of how appreciated chaplains are and how important they are.  For example, during some months ago I subbed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.  At the chapel, at the hospital, around and about, many young people wanted to engage.  Support the AMS and support Catholic chaplains, seminarians and candidates for chaplaincy.  Also, I know of your support for chaplains.  You proved help when my friend Commander Johnson lost all his vestments when they airplane we had both been on went into the river on landing in Jacksonville.  You donated and had travel vestments made for him.  Let’s keep our support going, and tell them Fr. Z sent you!

 

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