Our Thanks to the Many Helping Hands that Made our Catholic Ministry Appeal a Success
Starting with the 467 families/parishioners whose generous dollars filled the suitcase, and those who supported us with their thoughts and prayers. Our thanks go to Peg Roach and her dedicated call team, Joe Sirianni and his stewardship committee, Kevin and Cindy Foy, Jenny Ertel with her graphics and bulletin updates, Doug Reed for his guidance and wisdom, Ed DiPonzio, Carl Masters and the CYO families, our wives Maryjane Kelly and Hilda Escher. Hats off to our dedicated clergy, Fr. Reif, Fr. George, Deacon Joe, and our chief baggage handler Fr. Wheeland!
Gratefully, Charlie Kelly and Doug Escher, the co-chairs. We’ll be back!
Be a Part of Something Larger than Yourself.
As individuals, we may not be able to reach everyone who needs our help.Together, with great love, our reach is limitless.
Our parish goal this year, set by the Diocese, was $109,262* in pledges.
Remember, you now have until the end of May 2017 to complete payment of your pledge.
Every dollar received in the annual CMA is used directly
or indirectly to fund ministries affecting every Catholic and faith community in our diocese:
• Welcoming new Catholics through RCIA
• Providing faith formation programs for youth
• Giving support for families, the elderly, and the infirm
• Assisting Catholic Charities
• Helping Catholic Schools
• Reaching out to the poor, homeless, and hungry
• Encouraging religious vocations
• Honoring marriage and preparing engaged couples
• Spreading the Gospel through communication media
• Teaming with arch/dioceses nationwide and supporting Vatican ministries
See how your 2016-17 CMA dollars were allocated.
...And give online
directly to the Diocese.
The Diocesan Catholic Ministries Appeal is a good example of the stewardship of treasure.
challenges us to look beyond our own needs and offer a share of our personal
blessings with our sisters and brothers.
We can show our thanks
and joy for the gifts we have received and show our love for God and one
Simply, as we give as an act of thanksgiving and worship, we strengthen our diocesan church and provide assistance to those who need it most.
Holy Cross Church supports the Diocesan Catholic Ministries Appeal
"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather tan a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security." - Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 49)
If we, as Catholics, want to affirmatively respond to Pope Francis' invitation to live in a "missionary key," we have a lot to do.
Elements of Sacrificial Giving
- Planned: Giving is not a spur-of-the moment decision but is integrated with other financial decisions as part of a careful, intentional response to God’s generosity.
- Proportionate: We give in proportion to what we have been given.
- Sacrificial: Our giving is sacrificial when it comes from our substance rather than our abundance.
- A Gift: No gift is truly a gift unless it is given freely, without reservation or condition.
- The motive for a sacrificial gift is not the expectation of getting something back. We are able to give what we give because God has already given to us.
Why do I have to give?
Christian giving is an extension of the ongoing relationship you're building with God. If you talk the talk, then you're required to walk the walk. You cannot refuse to do the thing Jesus talks about constantly...to give of yourself and your money.
What happens when I give?
God's currency isn't the same as out currency. With God, when you give something away to help someone else, you're planing it as a seed for a harvest to come up in your own life.
So how much do I give?
Please know that God doesn't need your money. He can do all things without you or your resources. You need to give as a part of your commitment and ongoing relationship with God. God is faithful. When you offer your gift (God's Word says 10% of what you have) God will pour out such a blessing, there won't be room enough to receive it!
What if my finances are a mess and I can't give?
Messy finances seem to be the norm these days. But it's never too late to start to take steps to turn things around. And a huge part of that process is to start giving. It may be small at first, but God will honor that first step.
We must increase our number of donors in order to meet this year's goal. Please fill out your pledge card and return it TODAY. Remember...
Some can give a lot...Some can give a little...
All can give some.
If not you, who? If not now, when?
For more information regarding program funding or your gift, please contact The Catholic Diocese of Rochester. http://www.dor.org/sd/appeal.htm