Merry Christmas to you all.
Sadly, scammers are trying to take advantage of the Christmas season by posing as clergy, whether it's the Bishop or one of the priests.  The Bishop or other priests will not ask any of you to purchase gift cards, especially via text or email.
When in doubt, always call the person in question who is making the request.   Please help educate your communities to the reality of scammers.  The scammers are getting more and more clever, even using the photo of Bishop Peter in their emails.  
We apologize for sending this note during Christmas week but there is a flurry of scamming attempts taking place. 
Blessings to you all.
Fr. Caleb Vogel