2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal

Latest Update

We have made our goal as of January 28, 2020.

409 Households pledged $106,870 taking us to 100.32% of our $106,530 goal.

Thank You to all who participated!

To make your donation online, visit http://www.dor.org/giving/contribute-to-the-cma/

*The Diocese determines parish goals using median household income, the number of families in our faith community, offertory income, and Mass attendance.

CMA 2018/2019 Annual Report
CMA 2019/2020 FAQ
CMA 2019/2020 Allocations

About the 2019 CMA

When you give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal your gift is joined with thousands of others to enable our diocesan community of faith to:

  • Fund ministries that nurture children and teenagers in the Catholic faith and teaches values they'll carry into adulthood.
  • Help pay for the proper education of our seminarians on the road to priestly ordination
  • Ensure we can help struggling families find their way through economic crisis and back to stability
  • Prepare engaged couples for God-centered marriages rooted in the Catholic Church
  • Educate and prepare those who wish to become Catholic for the fullness of life in the Church through RCIA
  • Enable us to promote Catholic values about the sanctity of all life and make our voice heard in society
  • Fund programs that give young adults on college campuses a connection to the Church.
  • Provide important services to your parish that it would find difficult to afford on its own
  • Support ministries that reach out with the hands and heart of Christ to the aged, the sick, and the imprisoned
  • Help fund the crucial work of Catholic Charities, which serves more than 250,000 people annually
All funds raised in the CMA are used for programs, services and ministries. No CMA contributions are used for the settlement of legal cases.

A Few Words About Diocesan Bankruptcy

This course of action was not something unforeseen. As soon as the Child Victims Act was passed earlier in this year effectively lifting the Statue of Limitations for past child sexual abuse for a one-year window, observers began anticipating that some institutions would likely have to file bankruptcy in order to deal with the impending legal claims.

When a similar law was passed several years ago in Minnesota, this was the result for several of the Dioceses in that state. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is actually a means by which the legal claims of victims can be handled in a just manner for all. On the Diocesan side, it allows for the continued day to day operations of the Diocese as it puts together a plan to financially restructure. But most importantly, for the victims, it places all of the cases against the Diocese together before a bankruptcy court, meaning that the judge will be able to award financial compensation to victims while taking into considering all of the claims together, not just on a first-come-first-serve basis which would leave nothing to those victims whose cases are handled afterwards.

Our parish is legally distinct from the Diocese of Rochester. Under NY State law, Catholic parishes are all separately incorporated from each other, and from the Diocese. So the fact that the Diocese of Rochester has filed bankruptcy DOES NOT mean that our parish has filed bankruptcy. Thus none of our parish assets are subject to this filing (not our buildings, not our savings, not our collections, etc.). Our parish life and business continues forward as usual. Any and all contributions to the Diocese via the CMA (the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal) are classified as “donor-designated funds”. They must be used according to the purpose for which they were given, namely, the day-to-day activities of the Diocesan office and the upkeep of Diocesan ministries and outreach. The CMA funds are not included as assets to be considered in these legal claims. I encourage you to read the much more detailed Q&A put out by the Diocese, which is available on-line. (www.dor.org)

What Has Been Done to Protect Children in the Future

While these lawsuits are newly filed under the Child Victims Act, they do not involve abusive actions that recently occurred. In most cases, the crimes took place decades ago. And while that in no way diminishes the horrific nature of those past abuses, it is important to avoid the idea that nothing has been done to stop this in the future. Indeed, from a purely institutional/secular perspective, a very great many changes have been made including Safe Environment training, better screening of candidates, zero-tolerance policies, structures for reporting and dealing with allegations, clear guidelines for any and all adults working with youth.

The “purely institutional/secular” approach is not enough for the Church founded by Jesus Christ. We need positive holiness of life. We need a clergy that is faithful to the fullness of what the priesthood actually is. We need a renewal of Church life in which all the members of the Church, clergy and laity alike, are not afraid to teach and live the Catholic faith to the full, because Satan would love to use this time as an opportunity to discourage the faithful, or as a way of turning the Church from our mission, which is the glory of God and the salvation of souls. My hope is that this time can be a cause for the spiritual purification of the Church and an opportunity for all the faithful to recommit themselves personally to Jesus Christ, to the fullness of His teachings, and to the living out of the spiritual life.

The CMA and Holy Cross Parish

Our parish benefits in many ways by the Catholic Ministries Appeal. There are Newman Catholic Campus Ministries being present to young adults in college, diocesan staff coordinating teens going to NCYC/the National Catholic Youth Conference, a family member of the parish being anointed or visited by a chaplain at one of our area hospitals, Project Rachel and the Respect Life Program, etc. We are assisted by the talented experts of the Information Technology Department who help us manage our data and computers.

There are many areas of the parish that would be significantly diminished if these programs and personnel of the diocese were not available to our parish. For example, our parish would not be what it is today if our Pastor or our Deacon had not been assigned to the parish by the Bishop. Our parish depends on the diocese to promote vocations, educate seminarians and diaconal candidates and then make assignments to our parish. Just this week, we received and posted in our church and narthex the pictures of the eleven Seminarians of our Diocese. By pooling our resources with other parishes, we can accomplish important undertakings together, that we wouldn’t be able to do as a single individual parish by itself.

Despite these wonderful undertakings funded by the Catholic Ministries Appeal, which benefit our parish, as well as many other people in our diocese (such as the tremendous work of Catholic Charities, etc.), the bottom line is that the CMA is still a responsibility that each parish is required to pay. There is much gratitude for all who have supported our parish through the CMA, yet if the CMA goal is not met by the end of May, then our parish will have to take the shortage from its income, which means that this money will not be available for other important needs in the parish. We have been fortunate at Holy Cross in making our goal the last two years.

Some families’ financial situation will allow them to make a large donation, while others will not be able to make such a contribution because of their limited financial resources. So, it is important to remember what Pope Leo XIII once stated: “Those who are unequal in their capacity to give can be equal in the love within their hearts.”

Holy Cross Parish saw an increase of CMA donors from 469 in 2016-2017 to 497 in 2017-2018, and again to 512 in 2018-2019. Please join our 512 parishioners who made their donation last year and make your pledge to this year’s Catholic Ministry Appeal; not only to support these important diocesan ministries, but to help our parish fulfill its responsibility to meet our CMA goal. In doing this, we will all be reminded that each person’s donation to the CMA does really make a difference in our diocese and to our parish, as we remember that “Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.” If you did not receive your pledge card in the mail, please use the form in the pew. Thank you!

May we continue to give thanks for all that God has given us, even in troubled times.