Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2020
If you’re like us at FSSP North American headquarters, you’ve grown weary of reading about the “uncertain times” in which we live. Most people seem to assume that this uncertainty stems from forces beyond our control. But in fact, the unsettled state of our society is self-inflicted.
For years, those in power have told us that it is not only permissible but laudable to be uncertain about gender identity, the sanctity of human life, the indissolubility of marriage, and even the very concept of absolute truth. Hence the current implosion.
Sadly, this implosion is evident even within Holy Mother Church. High-ranking churchmen have boldly proclaimed that we can no longer be certain about listing abortion first among the injustices in society, about restricting Holy Orders to men, or about the immorality of praying to false idols in a consecrated building.
Thanks be to God, then, for our traditional Catholic faith, through which we can be certain of a great many things.
We can be certain that Jesus Christ is truly present—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—in the Holy Eucharist. We can be certain that the holy priest on the other side of the grill is acting in persona Christi when he says, “I absolve you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We can be certain that each of us will receive a particular judgment—and that we had better spend each day preparing ourselves to meet Our Lord.
Help the FSSP Spread Truth in Our Troubled World
The best response to our “uncertain” times is to make the certainty of traditional Catholicism available to as many souls as possible. Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown has forced numerous restrictions on FSSP apostolates across North America. Some parishes still must limit their congregation sizes, and in a few places civil governments and dioceses are returning to lockdowns once again.
Rather than let their parishioners starve spiritually, our FSSP priests have responded with heroic generosity. Some parishes are now offering as many as 10 Masses on Sundays. Some offer five Masses each weekday. Many have extended their hours for confession.
But even FSSP priests have their limits.
Canon law limits each priest to celebrating two Masses on weekdays and three Masses on Sundays. Thus, an FSSP apostolate with three priests can only offer nine Sunday Masses. This is not always enough for an apostolate that’s attracting hundreds of new parishioners who have grown frustrated by the restrictions of their previous parishes and seek a fuller spiritual life.
This year on Giving Tuesday, the FSSP aims to raise $90,000 to help us meet the pastoral and sacramental challenges of the times.
Please Make Your Gift on December 1
Giving Tuesday is an annual online event in which nonprofits of all kinds seek to raise money on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Giving Tuesday will be on December 1, 2020.
Many organizations have raised astounding sums on Giving Tuesday—and the FSSP is no exception. Last year, we aimed to raise $60,000. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $70,000.
This year we have set an even more ambitious goal of $90,000 that will enable us to expand our apostolic work forming new priests and ensuring the Sacrifice of the Mass continues across the country.
Our priests are multiplying Mass times, are extending Confessions, and will be there at your bedside when needed.
That’s why we’re asking you to join us on Giving Tuesday. Making your donation of any size takes just seconds online.
As a special thanks to all who support us, we’ll enter donors into a drawing to win one of several FSSP-branded gifts, and all gifts above $500 will receive an FSSP liturgical calendar. We’ll be sending email, social media, and Missive reminders leading up to Giving Tuesday.
Thank you for your unfailing support of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. With your help, we will continue to bring the fullness of Christ into the emptiness of the world.
Of this you can be certain.
November 16, 2020