ANNUAL APPEAL FUELS MINISTRIES ACROSS THE DIOCESE

Categories: Around the Diocese

Jan. 31, 2014, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

In the last year, 52 televised Masses were produced by the Diocese of St. Cloud to be broadcasted by eight cable stations, one network television station and two radio stations.

Some 530 men learned more about their faith and experienced fellowship through the Catholic Men’s Conference, and 500 engaged couples learned about ways to strengthen their relationship and live a sacramental marriage.

page11fireThese ministries were supported by donations to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.

Every year, the Annual Diocesan Appeal provides funding for numerous ministries in the diocese: Catholic education ministries, Catholic schools and parish faith formation, communications, diaconate, diocesan planning, marriage and family, multicultural ministries, Residents Encounter Christ and Together Encountering Christ retreats, stewardship and development, The Visitor, tribunal, TV Mass, vocations and worship.

The ministries provide a variety of programs, workshops and consultants that parishes could not support on their own.

“The Annual Diocesan Appeal keeps these ministries viable and alive,” said Curt Hanson, diocesan director of stewardship and development.

Drive beginning

This year’s appeal, with the theme, “Ignite the Fire of Our Faith,” kicks off Feb. 1 and 2. Parishioners will receive a mailing highlighting some of the ministries made possible by the appeal and a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler. The tear-off pledge card includes a section for prayer requests that are sent to the Poor Clare Sisters in Sauk Rapids.

In addition to funding diocesan ministries, contributions to the appeal assist Catholic schools and parish-level youth and adult faith formation. Around 25 percent of the funds raised through the appeal are distributed back to parishes to help fund Catholic schools and faith formation.

The goal for this year’s appeal is $1 million, which is generally what is needed to help sustain the ministries it supports, Hanson said. He hopes everyone will see the appeal as a valuable way to contribute to “igniting the fire of our faith” across the diocese.

“Everyone’s gift is important,” Hanson said. “We can’t leave it up to a few people.”

To donate to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, fill out the pledge card in your upcoming mailing or visit http://stcdio.org/. Pledge cards can be mailed back to the diocese in the envelope included in their mailing.

Pledges and one-time gifts are both welcome. Payment options include checks, credit cards and electronic funds transfer.

Questions? Contact the diocesan office of stewardship and development at 320-258-0390.