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 more than a little concerned about how the money we contribute is used. I sure am.
Here are suggestions for your donation dollars. I have full confidence in these groups.
First, the TMSM, the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison. CLICK 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 (the old one burned – arson) and we will have worthy vestments for pontifical ceremonies. In the last year three more parishes not have stable TLMs. 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. I just received a new Solemn Mass set in violet, and I hope in the next year for a new gold set for Pontifical Masses. Forward!
Next, 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. Please CLICK HERE to watch the short video message from Bishop Hying. The Clinic is trying to expand. I have a strong sense of goodness when I go there.
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. RIGHT NOW the goal is to raise $40,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), and your support is needed! The first $6,400 received will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Let’s keep our support going, and tell them Fr. Z sent you!