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2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal: “Christ Our Light”

Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal. The purpose and necessity for the CMA is unchanged after nearly 40 years. We are responsible for continuing the Church’s mission throughout good times and bad – through prosperous times and lean times and yes even in this time when our diocese is going through reorganization and our world is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. People are still poor, hungry, in need of pastoral care, education and employment. The faithful are in need of ministry and a vibrant parish life. Our youth and young adults are yearning to learn and grow in their relationship with Christ. The Church and our Diocese are in need of trained and educated seminarians, deacons and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future. It is more difficult to minister to these needs because of the restraints we experience in our lives due to Covid-19 but we cannot close our eyes to these needs even in these difficult times.

Posted on October 17, 2020


Gifts to the CMA can only be used for those items outlined in the budgeted CMA Allocations, in summary:

  1. Providing diocesan-wide services to parishes & institutions
  2. Serving people in need through Catholic Charities
  3. Educating our young in the Catholic Faith
  4. Supporting Seminarians, Deacons, Pastoral Leaders & Vocations
  5. Funding Ministries of our Pope & Bishops
  6. Funding Operations & Support Services
  7. Supporting the CMA campaign

All monies raised in the CMA are only used for programs, services, and ministries for which they are designated. No gifts to the CMA will be used to satisfy legal fees or settlement cost associated with abuse.

The theme for this year’s campaign is Christ Our Light., reminds us that Christ is at the center of our mission as a Church, and it is only through the Light of our Savior that we are able to navigate through these unprecedented times.  The CMA nourishes our ministries and helps us share our faith with others. Through gifts to the CMA, we support the larger Church so that it may meet real needs throughout the Diocese.  Your support enables the Church to be responsive and caring in fulfilling its mission.

I have made my personal gift this year to help Good Shepherd Catholic Community reach our parish goal.  I sincerely hope that you will as well. The CMA goal this year is the same as last year, $6.725 million, and our parish goal is likewise the same as last year, $37,686.  Last year there were 138 donors from GSCC who gave to the appeal.  Hopefully, this year we can increase the number of households who participate.  It is my hope that we can increase the number of donors this year by 10%.  Remember the size of your gift is not what is important, your participation in giving to the CMA is what helps to make the difference and helps to insure the ongoing ministries of the Church.  Letters and postcards have been sent out to parishioners throughout the diocese with information on giving to the appeal. This year along with a link for online giving, text giving will also be an option.

How much should I give?

That is a personal decision you must make. Each of us is called to reflect the compassion and generosity of Jesus, who gave his very life for us. We are called to be good stewards of all the many blessings God has bestowed on us as we follow him in true discipleship. It means God asks us to use our blessings well, to help others, to share our bounty so that our wealth, however large or small, does good for God and returns to God with increase.

Your gift to the CMA can be made directly by filling out the pledge card you receive in the mail and mailing it directly to the Diocese or by putting it in the Sunday collection basket.  Your pledge does not need to be paid all at once. You can make a pledge and make payments on your pledge through May of 2021.  You can also give on-line at the Diocesan website: and make your gift for Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Aurora (337).

I know these are trying times but I pray that each of us does our part to assist the Church is ministering the healing love and compassion of Jesus in our diocese and in our world.

God’s blessings and peace, Fr. Bill


Words from our Pastor

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