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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

With the beginning of each new year many of us make New Year’s resolutions to make changes in our lives. It may be to exercise more or to eat more nutritional foods. But, as Catholic Christians, what better way to begin the new year than with the resolve to live each day as a faithful missionary disciple of Christ.

In the month of January we, as a Church, observe National Migration Week, a National Prayer Vigil for Life, and National Poverty Month. During these campaigns we can fulfill our resolution by taking the time to pray for migrants and refugees, the unborn, and those living in poverty as a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We can share what God has given us with a monetary donation to Catholic Charities or by giving the gift of our time as a volunteer in the Lied Dining Room to serve a meal to our homeless population.

Also in the month of January, a week is dedicated to Catholic Schools, to celebrate Catholic education and the dedicated men and women whose mission is to teach our children about the faith. Catholic Schools Week we are called to pray for our Catholic educators and also all Catholic school students as they learn to live their faith and grow toward becoming missionary disciples.

We are called to place our trust in Him, to enter compassionately in the suffering of others, and to love one another as Christ loves us. In this New Year, may our daily lives reflect our faith; our actions reflect our love of Christ, so that we may be the light of Christ to others.

May God bless each of you, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

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