Every dollar received in the CMA is used directly or indirectly to fund ministries affecting every Catholic and faith community in our diocese. Your generous gift to the CMA helps fund:
· Welcoming new Catholics through RCIA
· Providing faith formation programs for youth
· Giving support for families, elderly and the infirmed
· Assisting Catholic Charities
· Reaching out to the poor, homeless and hungry
· Encouraging religious vocations
· Honoring marriage and preparing engaged couples
· Spreading the Gospel through the communications media
· Teaming with arch/diocese nationwide and supporting Vatican ministries.
· Providing parishes with services they would be pressed to supply on their own.
This week letters are being sent out from Bishop Matano asking for our support of this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). I will once again be making a personal gift this year to help Good Shepherd Catholic Community reach our parish goal of $33,711. I sincerely hope that you will as well. The Diocese of Rochester has an operating budget for this fiscal year of $11.4 million. The CMA has a goal of $6.35 million – more than one half of that figure. The sacrificial gifts of Catholics like you and me throughout the Diocese helps to support ministries and programs like the ones mentioned above. I know that you will prayerfully consider the Bishop’s request.
When you receive the mailing from Bishop Matano, it will include a brochure, letter, pledge card and return envelope. Please read the material carefully and give prayerful consideration to your participation. If you are a newly registered parishioner or if you didn’t receive a mailing, extra copies of the brochure and pledge forms will be available in the church vestibules.
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. Giving should be a sacrifice, but only you can decide. One thing is certain. Our God promises that our generosity will be returned to us many times over in ways that will delight us.
You will be able to make your gift online at www.dor.org, by clicking on Give On- Line. There you will also be able to view a video about this year’s appeal. The Catholic Ministries Appeal helps to bring service and assistance to so many people throughout our diocese, but it takes the support of us all to make it possible. Last year we received gifts from over 35% of our parishioners to enable us make our parish goal, I once again thank those who gave last year and ask for your continued support this year. if you did not give last year please prayerfully consider making your gift, whether large or small each gift is needed to help us reach our parish goal once again. Remember your gift helps our diocese to continue to grow in faith and minister to God’s people. Below is a prayer for the success of this year’s appeal, please pray for God’s blessings on our diocese. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
God’s blessings and peace, Fr. Bill
O God, our loving Creator and giver of all good gifts, bless our parishes, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian Stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent and treasure to the building of Your Kingdom here in our church and throughout the world We pray for your help in achieving success in this campaign, so that we can help others throughout the diocese. This we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.