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Letter from our Pastor Fr. Steve
I am writing to invite you to participate in the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal for the Diocese of San Diego, “Renewing Hope.” 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 candidates for the priesthood and care for retired priests of our diocese who served faithfully in our parishes for decades. It assists the poor and vulnerable through the services of Catholic Charities, and impacts Catholic schools with tuition assistance for 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 training for the leaders of our Youth and Young Adult ministries, and our Restorative Justice and Prison Ministry.
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. Despite the restrictions and challenges of the past year, I am amazed and grateful for all we have been able to accomplish as a community of faith! I look forward to the day that our facilities will again be 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 well 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 to the collection boxes at Mass or to the parish office. You can also contribute online at saintbrigidparish.weshareonline.org, scan the QR Code below, or text LoveOneAnother to 555888.
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 the good news and beacons of hope 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:
- Catholic Schools and Tuition Assistance ($1,000,000)—educating 13,000 students each year at 47 outstanding Catholic schools
- Clergy Formation and 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) and as of February 23, 2021 we've already raised 17,855 - thank you for your generosity. In 2020, in spite of the pandemic we have raised almost $90,000 which surpassed our parish goal. Imagine what we could accomplish and how we could grow if every household in the parish participates?
|Amount Raised over goal||$12,758||$24,865|
|# of families who participated||176||189|
|% of households that contributed||9%||9%|