Welcome to the 2014 Annual Diocesan Appeal – Our Faith Alive in Love. This year’s theme is inspired by Pope Francis –
“Christian faith is thus faith in perfect love, in its decisive power, in its ability to transform the world.” ~ Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei, n. 15.
Every day our parishes and the Diocese are actively engaging people from all walks of life through a variety of ministries and programs. Each ministry and program offers a special opportunity to our Catholic family.
All of these opportunities work together to ensure that we are assisting our parishes, supporting our clergy and growing our faith communities. Your support of the 2014 Appeal is critical to ensuring that these ministries and programs can continue to serve those in need.
*Ministries marked with an asterisk are receiving support from the Annual Appeal for the first time.
THE CASE FOR SUPPORT
Overall Target: $2,575,079
Assisting Our Parishes ($1,003,129)
Parish Sharing ($565,629) ~ Support the urgent local needs of our parishes by sending back a sizable portion of the dollars collected from the 2014 Appeal effort.
Fuel and Hunger Fund ($250,000) ~ Provide groceries as well as heating, rent and shelter assistance to children, families in need and the elderly in the Diocese.
Developing Lay Leadership ($147,500) ~ Develop lay catechetical leaders by building theological understanding, shaping pastoral skills and strengthening Catholic identity and spirituality with opportunities like the Sullivan Conference and the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute (LEMI).
Museum of Virginia Catholic History ($20,000)* ~ Update the electrical work in the museum (located in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart) which will ensure a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Appalachian Fund ($10,000)* ~ Furnish grants to parishes in Southwest Virginia for implementing or enhancing programs aimed at the alleviation of poverty and hunger.
Home Mission Grants ($10,000)* ~ Provide assistance to our mission parishes such as funds for capital improvements, outreach ministries and operational costs.
Supporting Our Clergy ($723,450)
Seminarian Education ($250,000) ~ Fund the cost of room, board, tuition and health insurance for our seminarians.
Retired Priests ($250,000) ~ Supplement health insurance and pension for our priests who have given their lives in service to the Church.
International Priests ($125,000) ~ Prepare new international priests to minister by providing food and housing allowances as well as enculturation courses during a six month mentorship period.
Clergy Formation and Advanced Study ($98,450) ~ Support clergy study days, priest workshops, a new pastor workshop and educational sabbaticals. In addition, provide assistance for tuition and housing for one pastor to gain a Licentiate (advanced degree) in Canon Law and tuition for another pastor to gain a Licentiate in Theology with a concentration in the New Evangelization.
Growing Our Faith Communities ($548,500)
Campus Ministries ($170,000) ~ Host a Diocesan College Summit which brings together young adults from all of our college campuses in addition to offering funding to support further development of small faith sharing groups and increased retreat opportunities for college students.
Hispanic Ministry ($110,000) ~ Empower our Hispanic population to become leaders in their faith communities by providing a leadership certificate program focused around parish ministry, grants for educational workshops and liturgical ministry training.
Youth and Young Adult Ministries ($100,000) ~ Provide formation opportunities for youth and young adults aimed at community building, prayer, worship, service and education such as middle school camps and a Diocesan Youth Leaders Discipleship Week.
New Evangelization ($72,500)* ~ Supply evangelization training for parish staff and leaders as well as materials and resources that will provide the infrastructure needed to welcome home fallen away Catholics and those who are new to the Faith.
Segura Educational Initiative for Children ($40,000)* ~ Offer stipends to bi-lingual Latino advocates who serve children in Catholic Schools. These advocates translate school newsletters, assist with tuition assistance paperwork and help Latino children acclimate to their new school communities.
Marriage, Family and Life ($25,000)* ~ Strengthen and enrich Catholic and interfaith marriages, family life situations and issues pertaining to the dignity of human life through marriage preparation support, marriage enrichment opportunities and natural family planning.
Black Catholics and African Ministry ($15,000) ~ Enhance the contributions to our Church from persons of African descent and make the Church more relevant to the needs of today’s young Black Catholic population by providing ministry training and a young adult retreat. In addition, the Office will offer an African Retreat/Congress and Mass for the larger African population.
Asian Ministry ($9,000)* ~ Offer special opportunities to our Filipino population in the form of a youth retreat and adult retreat aimed at forming the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Persons with Disabilities ($7,000) ~ Support parents who are facing the reality of a baby diagnosed with an adverse prenatal diagnosis through our Affirming Life Ministry.