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March 17, 2006

Archdiocesan appeal surpasses goal

 A 16-percent increase in the number of households making pledges has helped push the 2005 Feed My Sheep appeal past its $2.5 million goal, according to appeal reports as of March 13.

Pledges totaled $2,517,397 as of that date, about $370,000 ahead of pledges made at the same time last year.

A total of 13,298 households made pledges for the 2005 appeal, up 1,846 households from a year ago.

Deacon Tim McNeil, stewardship and planning officer with the Office of Stewardship, Planning and Development, said the average pledge per household was up slightly "“ $189.30 for the current appeal, compared to $187.44 for 2004.

Based on appeal history, additional pledges are anticipated, McNeil said.

Strong support from the parishes was again evident, he said, with 78 exceeding goal and 10 others topping 90 percent of goal. 'And we have several parishes within a few dollars of reaching that level," he said.

Totals aren't available on the spiritual pledges made during the appeal. Work on tabulating those pledges by parish is still under way, McNeil said.

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