Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
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Your participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal accomplishes something very simple yet very powerful: it touches people's hearts with God's love through your gift and deepens our collective faith together. By Sharing God's Gifts, you are helping our brothers and sisters to truly know and love Jesus Christ, His grace and His mercy.
Letter from our Pastor Fr. Steve
I am writing to invite you to participate in the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal for the Diocese of San Diego, “Gratitude in Action.” United with 96 other parishes throughout the diocese, we can make a tremendous impact as we strive to carry out the mission Jesus entrusted to us!
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides an opportunity to share our gifts beyond our parish boundaries, in support of ministries that serve San Diego and Imperial Counties. Your contribution supports 21 candidates for the priesthood, assists almost 300,000 poor and vulnerable through the services of Catholic Charities, and impacts Catholic schools with over 1,600 students in need. The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for the formation of catechists for our children and theological formation for adults. It also helps support our Restorative Justice/Prison Ministry which serves 27 detention facilities housing over 27,000 inmates. The Annual Appeal supports ministry to young adults and care for 50 retired priests of our diocese who served faithfully in our parishes for decades.
Our parish goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal is $77,000. I am confident that with your help, we can exceed our goal. Funds collected beyond our goal will go to support our Facilities Improvement Fund. Our facilities are booming with activities day and night as we carry out our mission to make disciples who encounter, love, and serve Jesus, one another, and the world. This fund will be used to ensure that our facilities are welcoming, safe, and functional now, and into the future.
I have enclosed a brochure which includes more details about the ministries supported by the appeal and a response envelope. Please return it in the collection at Mass or to the parish office. You can also contribute online. Through your gift, we impact thousands of lives in our local Church community. Thank you for your support as we participate in living the Church’s mission to be witnesses of compassion and mercy to those in need. Sincerely Yours in Christ, Father Steve Callahan
Where does the money go? This year the appeal goal is $3.5 million and has seven areas of focus:
- Catholic Schools and Tuition Assistance ($1,000,000)—helping to make Catholic Education affordable and accessible to every family who desires it.
- Clergy and Seminarian Support ($1,000,000)—Supports over 23 seminarians who are discerning a call to priestly life and service. Tuition and living expenses average around $45,000 per seminarian. 50 retired priests of this diocese receive financial support for items such as insurance, nursing care, and supplemental retirement income so they can live in dignity.
- Formation in Faith ($1,000,000)—Funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, The Diocesan Institute, and Youth Ministries.
- Catholic Charities ($500,000)—Promoting the dignity of the human person and commitment to Christ’s vision of justice and charity. This agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
Thank you for your generosity!
Our parish goal is $77,000 ($1,000 more than last year). As of March 8, 2020 we have raised over 41,000 and are over halfway to our parish goal. Imagine what we could accomplish and how we could grow if every household in the parish participates?
|Amount Raised over/under goal||$24,865||$34,385||($10,449)|
|# of families who participated||189||261||178|
|% of households that contributed||9%||12%||8%|