Each year we are invited to participate in our Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), which is an opportunity for all of us to support essential ministries and services which benefit many in our Local Church. The theme of this year’s appeal, Renewing Hope, calls to mind what we experience in giving as well as what others experience in receiving. This is especially important after all that we have experienced collectively in the past year due to the pandemic. During this pandemic we have had the opportunity to really see how interdependent we are. We do not live on this planet alone, we live in community and we must care for this community.
Your support for the Annual Catholic Appeal goes to support our Catholic Community here in San Diego. The Annual Catholic Appeal charity fund goes to support Catholic Schools, Faith Formation and Evangelization Programs, Catholic Charities which supports our Emergency Food Distribution Network, clergy formation in the seminary and for our deacons, and our retired priests. Many of these programs result in important direct benefits to our parish faith community and others provide needed assistance to people around us. We can only do this work by joining together as a Catholic Community. Our parish directly benefits from your donation in so many ways.
This year our parish share is $45,000. Last year we exceeded our parish share and I am confident that we can reach this target and possibly exceed it again. Any amount that is received over our target will be returned to our parish to be used as we designate. I invite you to prayerfully consider your response as a faithful steward of the gifts which God has joyfully bestowed on you. If you cannot donate at this time, we ask you to pray for a successful 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal for our parish. Your participation, regardless of the amount, makes a difference. Your generosity brings hope and joy to all those who benefit from your gift. Be assured of my gratitude for your support and of my continuing prayers for you and your loved ones.
We invite you to mail your check to the parish with your pledge card or go directly online to make your pledge or donation to the diocesan website at: https://www.sdcatholic.org/giving/annual-catholic-appeal/.