As of Jan. 4, more than $4 million had been pledged toward the 2005-06 Diocesan Ministries Appeal — formerly known as the Thanks Giving Appeal.
The appeal, which funds ministries of the Diocese of Rochester, had raised approximately 80 percent of its $5.3 million goal.
Bishop Matthew H. Clark praised diocesan Catholics for supporting the appeal.
“I am delighted at this outpouring of generosity from Roman Catholics in our diocese who recognize that being a disciple of Jesus means sharing our blessings,” Bishop Clark said. “I encourage all those still considering a gift to lend their support and join the thousands who are helping us feed our poor, pass on our faith to our youth, encourage vocations, strengthen families and provide our parishes with much-needed resources.”
Contributions to the appeal enable the diocese to provide such support to parishes as training and support for catechetical leaders; youth ministry; migrant ministry; grants to inner-city parishes; pastoral planning; and education. In addition, the appeal benefits Catholic Charities, which provides outreach to the poor and needy through regional offices located throughout the diocese. The appeal also funds administrative services for Catholic elementary and junior-high schools.
Those wishing to contribute to the appeal may visit the diocesan Web site at www.dor.org, or call the Office of Stewardship, Development and Communications at 585/328-3228, ext. 1297.