Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we draw nearer to celebrating the Birth of Our Savior, we can’t help but contemplate how the Christ Child grew in favor in God’s eyes and accepted His mission of spreading the Good News to all of creation. After His mission on earth was accomplished and He went back to the Father, Jesus entrusted to all faithful the duty of continuing the task of evangelization.
Pope Francis said, “It is important to remember that the Church is present in the world of communications, in all its forms, most of all to lead people to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.” Our own Anchor newspaper has played an important role in that “encounter” for nearly 60 years in the Diocese of Fall River.
Nowhere else will you find a combination of coverage of our Holy Father and his teachings; Church doctrine; stories about faithful across our own diocese who take the mission of evangelization very seriously; the chronicling of our youth as they begin to assume responsibility for the future of our Church; and columnists, ordained and lay persons, who share their unique perspectives on living out the Catholic faith in day-to-day situations.
I ask that you help The Anchor to remain vibrant in its crucial mission of spreading the Good News that began with the Birth of the Christ and continues today.
In this and subsequent Anchor editions, you will find a coupon asking for diocesan faithful to renew subscriptions or subscribe anew, and to donate to help the publication continue to share news that can only be found in a Catholic newspaper. In Luke 2:10 the angel told the shepherds, “You have nothing to fear! I come to proclaim Good News to you — tidings of great joy.”
This Advent and Christmas season, please consider assisting The Anchor in continuing to proclaim the Good News and tidings of great joy.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.
Bishop of Fall River