He also urged Catholics to support better funding for pre-kindergarten and in-home education such as the Birth-To-Three program.
"The entire community benefits when families in distress are aided,'' he said.
Bransfield became the eighth bishop of West Virginia in February 2005.
This is his fourth pastoral letter. Two others focused on health care and mental health, while the 2010 "On My Holy Mountain'' missive addressed concerns about mine safety.