The Bishop’s Appeal 2018—Commitment Weekend—as a parish, we are very grateful to all who participated in the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal and we are pleased to announce that we attained our goal. This weekend, May 5th and 6th, is the 2018 Bishop’s Appeal Commitment Weekend! Through this important Appeal, we follow the example of Christ to serve our brothers and sisters here in the Diocese of Albany. By joining together in stewardship, we proclaim our unity to all; thereby letting those who need us the most know that they are an important part of our Catholic family. Please respond to the Bishop’s Appeal by making a pledge that you can pay throughout the year. Please be as generous as you possibly can in responding to the Bishop’s Appeal.
Our fair share assessment for 2018 is $49,087. Let us strive for 100% participation: not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice. Thank you always for your loyalty, generosity, and commitment to our parish.
First Report — 101 gifts were received at Masses last weekend
totaling $16,749. Thank you for your generous consideration as we
strive to reach our fair share goal of $49,087.
Second Report — An additional 24 gifts, which amounted to $5,756, were received at Masses last weekend bringing our total to date to $22,503. Thank you for your generosity.
Week Three Report — Additional gifts last weekend brings us to 133 gifts, totaling to date $24,368
Week Four Report–The Bishop’s Appeal Week Four Report — Additional gifts last
weekend brings us to 145 gifts, totaling to date $28,563— 59% of our fair share goal.
Week Five Report — Four additional gifts were made last weekend bringing us to 149 gifts, totaling to date $28,795— 59% of our fair share goal of $49,087.
The Bishop’s Appeal Report — To date, additional gifts made
brings us to $43,963 which is 90% of our fair share goal of
$49,098. That is just $5,126 away from our goal! We wish to
thank everyone, who through their wholehearted generosity en-
abled us to achieve this goal thus far. If you are still thinking
about making a gift, but have not yet acted, please remember that
the opportunity is ongoing.
If you never participated or are considering what to offer, may we urge you to stand with St. Augustine’s this year. You may use your offertory envelope marked The Bishop’s Appeal and drop it in the basket at one of the Masses.
Other options to donate include the myparish app for your smartphone. Just download the app (for instructions for downloading the Myparish app) then log in to St. Augustine’s Church and then choose the giving option or Donate to Bishops Appeal Online and choose St. Augustine’s Parish so you can be added to the other donations made in our parish’s name.
“The Bishop’s Appeal of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany was envisioned 64 years ago by the Most Reverend William A. Scully, Bishop of Albany to financially support the growing services and ministries of the Church.
Ever since thousands of people across the fourteen counties of our diocese have come together each year to generously empower their parish’s contribution to support the work of the Church to help those in need and to keep our Catholic faith alive and flourishing in our homes, schools, and communities.
Today while the main mission of the Bishop’s Appeal remains the same, the need is greater than ever, to financially empower the Church to serve all the people of God, regardless of belief.
Among those who benefit from your gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal include:
- People who are poor, homeless, living at the margins of society
- Senior citizens needing care, companionship, love and dignity
- Young people in Catholic schools and religious education programs
- Families wracked by poverty, domestic violence, and substance abuse
- Young single mothers who need help raising their children and finding a job
- Men and women called to a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life
- Those seeking to serve in the diaconate or as lay ministers
The Bishop’s Appeal also serves your local parish by providing services such as technical support, financial guidance, and training for parish ministry.
A parish may keep 50% of any amount raised above and beyond its appeal goal.
A dollar back in 1955 is worth $8.46 today. The cost of building the Kingdom of God has grown proportionately over the decades. Every gift to the Bishop’s Appeal no matter the amount makes a difference in the lives of others.”
the excerpt is taken from the Bishop’s Appeal website.
For more information go to the website thebishopsappeal.org