2013 Annual Catholic Appeal tops $4.3 Million Goal by $301 Thousand
The 2013 Annual Catholic Appeal has surpassed its target of $4,347,000 by more than $301,000 with a total of $4,648,074 pledged as of Aug. 2, the diocesan development office has reported.
With four months remaining in the 2013 campaign, current pledges have already surpassed the final results of the 2012 Appeal by nearly $50,000, according to Development Director Deborah Fols. The average contribution has increased from last year’s $268 to $273.
“The Annual Catholic Appeal is an opportunity for each of us to unite as a Catholic community in support of the diocese’s effort to evangelize and catechize, two of the bishop’s top priorities for the total diocese,” said Fols. “Donations to the campaign help to bring assistance to the needy and the lonely, peace and comfort to those in spiritual distress, religious instruction to eager minds, and guidance for struggling individuals and families.”
The generosity of the Appeal’s many donors “ensures that those in need who come to the church searching for Christ’s love and protection will receive it,” Fols added.
Appeal contributions provide the necessary resources to operate diocesan programs and essential services that parishes cannot deliver on their own.
Dollars donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal support more than 30 pastoral, educational and social services throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, including religious education, Catholic Youth Ministry, Casa San Francisco, Seton Center, Bayard House, Hispanic Ministry, Pro-Life Activities, the Office for Marriage and Family Life, and five high schools, to name a few.
“In addition to our faithful donors, the success of the Appeal is also due to the pastoral leadership of our pastors and the members of our parish lay committees whose willingness to give of their time and talent help to ensure the campaign’s success,” Fols said.
Currently, 44 parishes have exceeded assigned targets in dollars pledged with an additional five parishes at 95-99 percent of their goal, according to Fols. Parishes that support an elementary school receive a 100 percent rebate of the dollars collected over the assigned goal. Parishes that do not support a school receive 50 percent of the collected overage.
This year’s Appeal collection rate is favorable, with more than 66 percent of the dollars pledged having already been received, Fols said. Monthly reminders will continue to be mailed through December offering donors sufficient time to complete their pledge prior to the campaign close.
The theme “Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep” invites parishioners throughout the diocese to accept the Lord’s invitation to join him in the work of the Good Shepherd by helping to care for, guide, lead and feed his flock.
Individuals interested in contributing to the 2013 Annual Catholic Appeal can do so by clicking on “How to Donate” or by contacting the diocesan development office at (302) 573-3120.