The Bishop’s Appeal is an annual fund appeal of the Diocesan Church to support the charitable and ministerial services of the Diocesan Church. Its proceeds go toward the support of the services of Catholic Charities (annually about 63%), and toward certain Diocesan programs and services such as Youth Ministry, Pastoral Council offices etc. (annually about 25%). The remaining funds are returned to parishes as a rebate to parishes, which surpass their goals.
Annually, following Easter parishioners are asked to pledge or contribute toward the appeal through the parish at Sunday Masses. Certain parishioners, who contribute generously, are contacted in advance by mail as pacesetters. Each parish is given a goal. Monies collected beyond the goal are rebated to the parish. The Bishop’s Appeal Committee sees to the distribution of envelopes in the pews, and then records the pledges and contributions and sends them to the Diocesan Office of Stewardship.
For more information about the Bishop’s Appeal, please contact Fr. John Keehner