A Christmas Message from Father John

by Father John Enzler | December 21, 2022

I have realized more and more this month that so many of the good things that happen at Catholic Charities speak to us of God’s love for the poor.

A number of years ago, we were worried about the viability of our SHARE Food Network, which serves thousands of people each year but, at the time, was economically not sustainable. When COVID-19 came along, we realized we needed to up our game in serving food to those in need. We had a warehouse that was readily available with refrigeration and freezers that could be used. Because of the SHARE Food Network, we were able to use that facility and all that storage to give out 5 million meals during that first year of the pandemic.

We were in the right place at the right time. That was God!

A few years back, we had the opportunity to seek a grant to serve newcomers who come to our area with great needs. That significant grant has allowed us to serve migrants arriving on buses from Arizona and Texas with great care and success.

Again, that was God. God is in charge, and we have met a great humanitarian need with His help.

This Christmas, I’m very much aware of how God touches our hearts and lives in so many ways. Surely, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas, one and all.

God is in charge!

Fr. John

Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler
President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington