MOBILE – The 87th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal Sunday was Jan. 28. As of Feb. 12, a total of 7,473 generous donors have participated with financial pledges totaling $4,333,039.81, or 96 percent of our $4.5 million goal. Almost one-third of the households in our archdiocese made a pledge. If you have not made a pledge, please help us reach out goal and be the Hands of Christ for those in need. The generosity of our archdiocese is inspirational. A detailed report of week 3 results by parish can be found on page 2.
Inspired by St. Peter’s first letter to the Christians, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grade.” – 1 Peter 4:10, the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal theme is “We are the hands of Christ reaching out to those in need.” The ministries supported by the Catholic Charities Appeal are the Hands of Christ reaching out to the poor, the weak and those suffering mentally, physically and spiritually throughout the Archdiocese of Mobile. The services offered by these ministries are only possible because of your generosity to the Catholic Charities Appeal.
The basic pledge is $45 a month for 12 months or $540 a year. Many give more, much more. No gift is too small or too large. I am asking each of you to prayerfully consider making a pledge. If you are unable to give the basic pledge, please give what you can afford. I ask you to be generous and invite each of you who have not given before to please be the Hands of Christ and reach out to the poor, the weak and the suffering among us. I ask that you look into your heart and support the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The Catholic Charities Appeal would not be possible without the amazing team of dedicated volunteers. It all starts with the leadership team. The Archdiocesan Chairs, Jeanne and Jim Backes, toured the Archdiocese with Archbishop Rodi and myself delivering an inspirational key note to pastors and parish chairs prior to the appeal kickoff. The four Deanery Chairs: Dr. Russ Brandau — Mobile, Gary and Terri Cowles — Baldwin, Ed Pappanastos — Montgomery and Robert Amuso — Dothan, lead the meeting in their deanery with their own advice and inspiration as well. These outstanding volunteers give up four Sunday evenings in a row to report all numbers for their deanery.
The Parish Chairs sacrifice countless hours to sort pledge envelopes and follow up with parishioners and past donors who have not yet made their pledge. Thank you Parish Chairs for your dedication to Catholic Charities! District Chairs across the Archdiocese of Mobile are a critical piece of the reporting phone tree. They report a group of parish pledge totals to the Deanery Chairs four consecutive Sundays.
Finally, we are blessed with a handful of exceptional volunteers who dedicate weeks of their time here in our office sorting, counting, recounting and preparing deposits so that your donations can get to the ministries that need them as quickly as possible. These faithful volunteers show up day after day and donate their time until every pledge is deposited, entered and alphabetized. The Development office is made up of only three: Laura Ball, Michelle Knizley and myself. We could not do this alone. We are so grateful for all the volunteers!