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"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
The theme for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Sharing God’s Gifts.” This theme is one of compassion, hope, and love. As disciples we are called to trust in Jesus’ mercy, to trust in his patience, to seek refuge always in his love. Jesus invites us to recognize him in the poor, in those who suffer, and those in need. We encounter God’s love when we express mercy and compassion, through stewardship, service, and sacrifice.
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports those who attend Catholic school, formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of Young Adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.
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Please click the image below for an expanded view of Father Nick's letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to encounter God’s mercy, love and redemption in the life of the Church, and to build up the Body of Christ within the Church and in the world.
It is this call to grace and to stewardship which lies at the heart of our participation in the life of the Church – through our parishes, schools, catechetical programs, service programs for the poor, the unborn and the marginalized. The diocese of San Diego supports all of these endeavors in the name of Jesus Christ, and in a special way provides for parishes many vital resources and programs which they could not obtain on their own.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal constitutes an essential foundation for enabling the diocese to carry out these critical ministries in the work of the Gospel in San Diego and Imperial counties. And for that reason, I ask you to participate generously in this year’s appeal, with the knowledge in doing so you participate profoundly in the work of Christ and the grace of Catholic discipleship.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend BishopRobert W. McElroyBishop of San Diego
The Annual Catholic Appeal currently provides some funding to 11 schools impacting the lives of over 1,600 students. These grants have been made to keep the vital mission of Catholic education both accessible and affordable for children of families in need.
Catholic Charities is based on the person of Jesus, who “came not be served, but to serve” and is our primary diocesan social services agency. We believe in dignity of the human person, and are committed to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and peace. Through it, we assist almost 300,000 people each year by providing a network of important programs and services.
The Office for Priestly Formation administers the diocesan program for both pre-seminarian and seminarian candidates and is located at the St. Francis Center on the University of San Diego campus. As a house of formation, St. Francis Center helps prepare men in each of the four areas of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral for admission to aseminary school of theology.
Our diocese impacts the lives of those imprisoned in 27 different prisons, jails, and detention facilities, housing over 25,000 inmates. This includes eight sheriff’s jails, five juvenile detention facilities, three state prisons, and four federal detention facilities. Many of these inmates are hungry to deepen their relationship with God. We merely become theconduits or channels of the Holy Spirit.
The future of San Diego’s local Church is strengthened by the number of men who answer the call to a priestly vocation. We are currently supporting 22 seminarians with an average cost of $45,000 per year to educate a seminarian. This past year we ordained three priests and one transitional deacon.
There are currently 55 retired priests of the Diocese of San Diego. The diocese provides financial support to retired priests so that they can live in dignity, free of anxiety about their means of support. This includes providing health and auto insurance, nursing care at Nazareth House San Diego if needed, supplementing their pension, and expenses for them to attend the annual convocation of priests.
The Young Adult ministry reaches out and ministers to young adults inviting them into responsible participation into the full life and mission of the Church. We strive to connect them to Christ, His Church and a faith filled peer community by offering various social, service and spiritual opportunities.
If you have supported us in the past, we sincerely thank you for your wonderful and generous gifts toward the Annual Catholic Appeal. A gift to the Appeal is always a gift to the parish. Because of your joyful generosity, our parish community remains vibrantly united with the entire Church and is able to be more Alive in Christ!
We have seen a steady rise in the participation of the Annual Catholic Appeal through the years. Thank you for your generosity!
2014: 361 Families Pledged (12% of all Parishioners)
2015: 379 Families Pledged (12% of all Parishioners)
2016: 465 Families Pledged (15% of all Parishioners)
2017: 544 Families PLedged (17% of all Parishioners)
San Diego Diocese, Office for Social Ministry (Prison Ministry)
San Diego Diocese, Office for Young Adult Ministry
Saint Francis Center, The Office for Priestly Formation