THE CASE FOR SUPPORT
Overall Target: $2,451,300
The Annual Appeal is designed to unite the people of our Diocese in one mission to strengthen our Catholic Church. As our Diocesan family grows and changes, we must be prepared to continue our response to the urgent annual requests as well as the blessings of new ministry opportunities. In that spirit, we are pleased to present the ministries and programs that will benefit from the 2013 Appeal.
Ministries marked with an asterisk are receiving support from the Annual Appeal for the first time.
Assisting Our Parishes
Home Mission Grants ($50,000)* — Provide assistance to our mission parishes such as funds for capital improvements, outreach ministries and operational costs.
Parish Sharing ($546,000) — Support the urgent local needs of our parishes by sending back a sizable portion of the dollars collected from the 2013 Appeal effort.
Fuel and Hunger Fund ($225,000) — Support Catholic outreach and ministry programs serving children, families in need and the elderly in the Diocese.
Retired Priests ($300,000) — Supplement health insurance and pension for our priests who have given their lives in service to the Church.
Developing Lay Leadership ($137,500) — Develop lay catechetical leaders by building theological understanding, shaping pastoral skills and strengthening Catholic identity and spirituality.
International Priests ($50,000) — Prepare seven new international priests to minister by providing food and housing allowances as well as enculturation courses during a six month mentorship period.
Strengthening Our Future Church
New Evangelization ($72,500)* — Supply evangelization training for 1,500 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.
Seminarian Education ($250,000) — Fund the cost of room, board, tuition and health insurance for our 20 seminarians.
Marriage, Family and Life ($15,000)* — Strengthen and enrich Catholic and interfaith marriages, family life situations and issues pertaining to the dignity of human life.
Youth and Young Adult Ministries ($100,000) — Provide formation opportunities for youth and young adults aimed at community building, prayer, worship, service and education.
Campus Ministries ($160,000) — Host a Diocesan College Summit which brings together young adults from all of our college campuses in addition to offering a New Student Retreat as well as a transition program for high school seniors as they become college freshmen.
Building Diverse Communities
Black Catholics Ministry ($10,000)* — 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.
Hispanic Ministry ($110,000)* — Grow outreach and resources towards ministering to this dynamic growing population so they can be more deeply engaged as members of our Diocesan family.
Segura Educational Initiative for Children ($40,000)* — Offer stipends to bi-lingual volunteers in eight Catholic Schools so as to foster comfortable, bi-lingual, Christ-centered environments for all students.
Persons with Disabilities ($5,500)* — Support parents who are facing the reality of a baby diagnosed with an adverse prenatal diagnosis through the Affirming Life Ministry.
Prison Ministry ($4,800)* — Equip our clergy and lay ministers to respond to the call of our Lord to care for those who are incarcerated.
Haiti Ministry ($25,000)* — Partner with the Diocese of Hinche, Haiti to help them achieve their goal of reinvesting in agriculture in the Central Plateau.
Fees & Administrative Expenses
Estimated expenses for the 2013 Appeal are $350,000. This amount includes postage, printing, salaries and banking fees. Since 2010, the Appeal expenses have been reduced by $150,000, ensuring that more of the money received goes to ministries.