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"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people." Philemon 1:7
The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal “The Joy of Love” is your opportunity to make possible the work that affects so many in our diocese; Catholic Schools and Tuition Assistance, Formation in the Faith, Catholic Charities, Prison Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Seminarian Support, and Retired Priests.Our response as stewards participating in the Annual Catholic Appeal accomplishes something simple but profound: it opens the door of faith for others and for yourself. Because of your gift, someone will encounter Jesus through others and have the opportunity to experience His loving grace and to know His mercy.
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Please click the image below for an expanded view of Father Nick's letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our recent diocesan synod on marriage and family life, which brought together priests and lay representatives from every parish in San Diego and Imperial Counties, pointed once again to the vibrancy and depth of the Catholic community in the diocese of San Diego. In tandem with our diocesan task forces on young adults, priestly vocations and Catholic schools the Synod provided a set of new initiatives for our diocese designed to deepen the life of the Gospel in our midst and make Christ more present to family life, our children growing in faith, millennials and the elderly.
None of these initiatives could take form without the assistance of the Annual Catholic Appeal. Through your generous support, the diocese is able to carry out its work of training new priests, preparing couples for marriage, ministering to the poor, the marginalized and the imprisoned, training parish leaders to bring faith to children in our parish schools and religious formation programs, forming permanent deacons, and caring for the retired priests who have given the whole of their lives in service to the Church.
I invite you to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal this year. It constitutes a tangible pathway to answer the call for discipleship in the Church today by supporting the life of the diocese which in turn supports in so many critical ways both the life of the parishes and the work of the universal Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend BishopRobert W. McElroyBishop of San Diego
With support from the Annual Catholic Appeal we strive to make Catholic Education both affordable and accessible to every child and family who desires it, regardless of their background, neighborhood, family income or culture. Tuition Assistance is provided to families who would otherwise not be able to afford sending their children to a Catholic School.
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, the Diocesan Institute and Youth Ministries. These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical ministries, Youth Ministry Coordinators, catechists and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults.
Following the example of Jesus who "came not to be served but to serve", Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity. The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
Chaplaincies at 27 different facilities impact the lives of over 25,000 inmates. These include eight sheriff's jails, five juvenile detention centers, three state prisons and four federal detention facilities. Ministry supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal responds to the hunger that many of these inmates have to deepen their relationship with God.
Young Adult Ministry reaches out and invites this age group to responsible participation in the full life and mission of the Church. Faith filled peer ministries and various social, service and spiritual opportunities strive to connect young adults to Christ and His Church.
The Diocese of San Diego supports over 16 seminarians who are discerning a call to priestly life and service in the Church. Tuition and living expenses average around $45,000 per seminarian. Three new priests were ordained for our diocese this past year.
Fifty five retired priests of this diocese receive financial support so they can live in dignity, free of anxiety about their means of subsistence. This support includes providing health and auto insurance, and nursing care when required as well as supplementing their retirement and pension income when necessary. Retired priests are also invited to the annual convocation of priests at no charge.
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)
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