The diocesan Catholic Ministries Appeal raised more than half of its $5.3 million goal during the campaign’s first month, placing the appeal more than $250,000 ahead of last year’s pace.
According to Dave Kelly, appeal coordinator, the 2007-08 CMA had raised $2,744,283 — 52 percent of goal — as of Nov. 1 based on 20,852 gifts and pledges. That figure is $257,235 higher than last year’s total at the same juncture — an increase of 5 percent.
“We are pleased with the response. We encourage all those who have not yet made a gift to send in their contribution. Your gifts will help nurture our youth, support people in need, communicate the Good News and provide critical support for our parishes,” said Kelly, who serves as associate director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship, Development and Communications.
This year’s CMA theme is “Building the Faith.” The annual campaign, formerly known as the Thanks Giving Appeal, is in its 27th year under Bishop Matthew H. Clark and provides approximately half the diocese’s operating budget. Funds support parishes, schools and ministries throughout the 12-county diocese.
“The people of our diocese have a wonderful tradition of generosity,” Bishop Clark said in a statement. “I am hopeful that all will continue to recognize the needs of our local church, and the important role individuals play in keeping it healthy, vibrant and able to respond to those in need. The CMA represents one of the ways that Catholics can respond to the call to be good stewards and to love one another.”
To make a donation, contact any parish, visit www.dor.org or call 585-328-3228, ext. 1297.