2019 DIOCESAN APPEAL UPDATE:
At this time of year, the Diocese of Rockford announces the Diocesan Appeal. Come Follow Me is the theme for the 2019 Diocesan Appeal. With this theme in mind we are all called to follow the example of Jesus, putting our faith into action by what we say and do. As always at this time of year, I need to ask you for your help and support. It is during this busy season that we act together to help care for the larger Church of the Diocese of Rockford.
It is through your generous gift to the 2019 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and teach the faith to young and old alike. That work takes many forms in many different diocesan ministries. Marriage preparation, promoting human dignity and respect for life, youth ministry, and vocations are just some of the diocesan ministries and services we support through this Appeal.
What we give in support to the Diocesan Appeal comes back to help us in many ways! Our parish itself receives support for many of the diocesan ministries including our religious formation programs, our schools, and in the future the very fruits of the vocations for which we pray. This is why the annual Appeal is so important to us and our Diocese.
I am very grateful to all of you who supported last year’s appeal with generous hearts. This year, the Diocese of Rockford is asking us to support the appeal with $116,548.00. Please remember that whatever we raise beyond this goal returns to our parish.
The appeal envelopes have been mailed to registered parishioners, who have supported the appeal over the course of the last 18 years. Those of you who have not received these envelopes, I ask you to take them from the church and after prayerful consideration, please make a pledge to support this appeal. Please bring your envelope to next week’s pledge weekend.
We ask you as always to be as generous as you can. Some can give more, some less, some none. No offering is too big or too small. We thank you for all. Based on the actual history of monetary support of our parish, if each family will give $200 to this year’s appeal, our goal could easily be achieved.
Thank you as always for your great generosity. Your participation and prayers are important to our success.
May you experience, during this Easter Season, a greater gratitude to God and a deeper sense of love and unity with our risen Lord, our Catholic faith community at this parish, the Rockford Diocese, and the Church Universal.
Peace and Goodness,
Fr. Peter Sarnicki, OFM, Conv.