Catholic Courier

Posted: October 21, 2011

Last Updated: November 1, 2016

The Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal

The Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal is a collaborative annual effort to raise emergency funds for thousands of needy people throughout the Diocese of Rochester.

Christmas Appeal donations help individuals and families in short-term financial crisis. These are people who have no financial resources and are either awaiting or ineligible for assistance from other sources. Grants go toward such needs as furnace repairs, children's prescriptions, transportation to job interviews, security deposits and food assistance.

Appeal proceeds are collected by the Catholic Courier and then allocated to the emergency funds of the various Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates throughout the 12-county diocese.

Each year's campaign runs from Thanksgiving through the end of February. Campaign administration is performed as a public service by the Courier staff, so nearly every penny donated to the Christmas Appeal goes directly to those in need. The appeal's only costs are nominal printing and postage for annual solicitation letters to prior donors.

Learn more by reading the articles below and CLICK HERE to contribute by mail (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader; if you do not have this software installed on your computer, you can download it here).

Donations received after February are credited to the next year's campaign.


December 5, 2016
Ministry has clothed the poor for 25 years
Ministry has clothed the poor for 25 years

Courier photos by Jeff Witherow

For more than 25 years, Matthew's Closet has been following the Gospel call to clothe those in need, keeping the ministry alive even after going bankrupt more than a decade ago.

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By Annette Jiménez/Catholic Courier
November 28, 2016
Livingston County agency helps get the job done

Residents in rural settings commonly face long hauls to work and depend on their vehicles due to a lack of public transportation. Thus, if they are not easily able to afford gasoline and car-repair costs, their job statuses could become endangered.

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By Mike Latona/Catholic Courier
October 31, 2016
Christmas Appeal begins new campaign
Christmas Appeal begins new campaign

While visiting the Catholic Charities of Livingston County offices in mid-October, Jack Balinsky learned that area residents were seeking assistance for their heating bills -- even though temperatures had barely begun to drop.

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By Mike Latona/Catholic Courier
November 2, 2015
2015-2016 Christmas Appeal

This section includes articles about the 2015-16 campaign, which raises money for the emergency funds of the various agencies of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester.

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November 3, 2014
2014-2015 Christmas Appeal
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