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Archbishop’s Annual Appeal sees seven more parishes surpass goal

Seven more parishes have surpassed goals in the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal – bringing this year’s total to 89 parishes over goal.

Donations and pledges from parishioners have exceeded $3.5 million.

The archdiocese aimed for $3.35 million, a mark it exceeded in May and the sixth straight year the appeal has gone over its overall goal. This year’s total of $3.506 million was bested only by 2013’s $3.54 million and 2012’s $3.57 million.

"That’s tremendous," said Tom Crowley, of the archdiocese’s Stewardship and Development Office, about total pledges. "It’s gratifying to see the response of people across the archdiocese," Crowley said, particularly in light of the recent, successful Ignite the Faith capital campaign that has raised $53 million in commitments, well over the $40 million goal.

The archbishop’s appeal funds about 20 percent of the archdiocese’s annual budget, helping among other things with tuition assistance, faith formation and meeting the needs of individuals and families in crisis.

"There’s a lot of good news about what the archdiocese is doing," Crowley said. "And the need, obviously, is great."

Parishes exceeding goals in the archbishop’s annual appeal since the last report in the April 1 issue of the Catholic Voice: St. Peter de Alcántara, Ewing; St. Leonard, Madison; St. Lawrence, Scribner; Immaculate Conception, Boys Town; and St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Margaret Mary, St. Mary Magdalene, all Omaha.

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