Rochester diocesan campaign aims to surpass goal - Catholic Courier

Rochester diocesan campaign aims to surpass goal

Results for the 2023-24 Catholic Ministries Appeal thus far have been strong, yet there’s still work to do, according to Colleen Brade.

As of March 5, the CMA has received commitments totaling $6,223,859 or 92.7 percent of its $6.725 million goal. Brade, who serves as the Diocese of Rochester’s director of stewardship and of the appeal, said the 43rd-annual campaign stands a good chance of reaching its goal for the first time in many years.

“You know, it feels great. But it will feel greater if I could have every parish achieve its goal,” Brade remarked, noting that while many diocesan parishes have met their respective quotas, a number still have not.

Director of Rochester campaign encourages donors to practice good stewardship

The current CMA began in late October 2023 under the theme “Go Forth With Christ.” With a closing date of May 31, 2024, the campaign aims to surpass last year’s record tally of $6.688 million — or 99.5 percent of the 6.725 million goal.

“It’s just impressive. I cannot get over that we continue to do so well,” Brade said of support the appeal has received from the diocesan faithful.

Through March 5, she noted, 34 of the diocese’s 89 parishes and other faith communities had achieved their goals.

For those seeking to erase shortfalls during the campaign’s final three months, Brade encourages efforts borne not out of drudgery but a sense of “good stewardship, good will, being enthusiastic.”

She stressed the importance of getting more people — first-time donors as well as those who haven’t yet made contributions for this year or haven’t given in a few years — to participate in the CMA with gifts either large or small.

Donations are crucial for supporting a wide range of ministries

CMA contributions aid vital programs, services and ministries across the diocese, fully or partly supporting efforts that parishes could not easily afford on their own. Among supported ministries are:

  • faith-formation programs for children and adults;
  • young-adult ministries;
  • Catholic schools;
  • sacramental preparation;
  • youth and campus ministries;
  • diocesan Catholic Charities as well as Charities regional offices and agencies;
  • information technology;
  • chaplaincies;
  • social-ministry efforts;
  • support of deacons, pastoral leaders and vocations, including formation through St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry;
  • parish support ministries;
  • operations and services of the diocesan Pastoral Center; and
  • ministries of the Vatican, the U.S. bishops and Bishop Salvatore R. Matano.

CMA donations can be sent using parish-provided envelopes, with checks payable to the Catholic Ministries Appeal. However, Brade encouraged electronic giving, noting that it’s the fastest, easiest and safest way to give. Gifts can be made online at dor.org/giving/catholic-ministries-appeal. The CMA website also features a video about the CMA; answers to frequently-asked questions; an annual report; and a breakdown of CMA allocations.

Brade noted that no CMA contributions are used for the settlement of legal cases. For more details about the CMA, contact her at 585-328-3210, ext. 1326, or colleen.brade@dor.org.

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