Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

2012 Annual Catholic Appeal: off to a great start

the Inland Register

(From the March 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Just a few weeks into our major annual fundraising campaign – the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) 2012 – Bishop Cupich reported as this issue of the Inland Register goes to print that a total of $1,863,966 has been pledged by Catholic households throughout the diocese. The amount reflects 80 percent of an anticipated goal of $2,314,347.

Beginning in the month of February, the ACA is conducted every year to raise funds to provide for the budgeted ministry and administrative expense of the Church in Eastern Washington.

Titled Co-Workers in God’s Field, the 2012 ACA invites every Catholic and every parish in the diocese of Spokane to participate. In fact, each parish community has a goal based on 20 percent of its “ordinary income” as reported in its annual fiscal year report (ending June 30) – that is, envelopes, coins, and currency taken up in the collection at weekend Masses.

“This year’s ACA goals for nearly all the parishes reflect a stability of income in the past fiscal year,” said Bishop Cupich. “These are financially pressed times for families, institutions and businesses – including the Church. The fact that the faithful have remained so steadfast in their exercise of Christian stewardship is an inspiration. It reflects their sense of priorities and continued commitment to the mission of the Church throughout our Diocese,” the bishop said.

Commenting on this year’s theme, Bishop Cupich observed. “In a very real sense, every donor to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal is a ‘co-worker’ with me and with one another in doing God’s work.”

All contributions to the Annual Catholic Appeal are deposited into the Diocesan Ministries Fund, which was established in 2011 as a separate legal corporation. Overseen by a separate board of directors, this cooperation disperses the funds to support various works of the Church in a way that insures that the intention of donors is respected. At the same time, as Bishop Cupich pledged in the promotional video for the 2012 ACA, every effort will be made to exercise frugality in the expenditure of the funds, as well as proper management of these contributions so that they are not commingled with diocesan funds.

By comparison, this year’s contributions to date are slightly ahead of where the Appeal was last year at this time. This year’s goal of $2.25 million can be reached and even exceeded, Bishop Cupich said, “if every parish meets its goal and those who exceeded their goals last year reach the same level of giving this year.” With that in mind, organizers of this year’s ACA have identified a “What If Goal” of $2.5 million. “That kind of success would be a great boost to the efforts of the Church to minister to people. It would also be encouraging to each pastor to know that his parishioners are supporting him in reaching their parish goals,” Bishop Cupich said.

Last year 53 parishes reached or exceeded their 2011 goals. The trend this year gives evidence of a repeated measure of success.

Bishop Cupich’s special 2012 ACA video message can be viewed online:

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