Annual appeal pledges exceed $3 million
Pledges to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal exceeded $3 million as of Nov. 28, more than $580,000 above commitments made by the same time last year.
A total of 43 parishes have topped their goals since the campaign began in September – 27 of them since the last report in the Nov. 4 issue of the Catholic Voice.
The appeal’s goal is $3.5 million for fiscal year 2016-2017, and the campaign has been going well, fueled in part by a growing number of people understanding its importance to the archdiocese, said Breeane Peterson, development officer in the Stewardship and Development Office.
Telling that story has included archdiocesan ministry leaders visiting parishes; special outreach to the Latino community; and people in the stewardship office reaching donors who have long supported the church or shown strong interest in specific projects or programs, Peterson said.
It’s important to let people know the value of their gifts, and thank them for supporting specific projects, such as the Ignite the Faith capital campaign, while providing the annual means to maintain programs, said Tom Crowley, development officer in the stewardship office.
And the Annual Appeal broadly supports the archdiocese, providing 20 percent of its budget and assisting with efforts that include faith formation programs for children, teens and adults in 140 parishes, and scholarships for students in the archdiocese’s 70 elementary and high schools.
The Annual Appeal assists the needy through Catholic Charities, helps train lectors and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, provides marriage preparation and family life enrichment programs and supports priests, deacons and seminarians.
The appeal also gives people an opportunity to support the archdiocese’s work in parishes, schools and the broader community across northeast Nebraska, Peterson said.
"This coming together, showing we are supportive of each other, impacts each one of us," Peterson said. "This campaign shows we are one, large Catholic family."
St. Bernadette, Bellevue; St. Andrew, Bloomfield; St. Anthony, Cedar Rapids; Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Clarkson; St. Michael, Coleridge; St. Anthony, Columbus; St. Stanislaus, Duncan; St. Boniface, Elgin; St. John the Baptist, Fort Calhoun; St. Patrick, Gretna; Holy Trinity, Hartington; Holy Trinity, Heun; Holy Family, Lindsay; St. Boniface, Monterey; St. William, Niobrara; Sacred Heart, Olean; St. John the Baptist, Petersburg; St. Joseph, Ponca; St. Francis de Sales, Schoolcraft; St. Wenceslaus, Verdigre; St. Mary, Wayne; Christ the King, St. Bridget–St. Rose, St. James, St. John Vianney, St. Pius X, St. Thomas More, all in Omaha.