The following is a letter from Bishop Robert McElroy:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to encounter God’s mercy, love and redemption in the life of the Church, and to build up the Body of Christ within the Church and the world.
It is the call to grace and to stewardship which lies at the heart of our participation in the life of the Church—through our parishes, schools, catechetical programs, services programs for the poor, the unborn and the marginalized. The diocese of San Diego supports all of these endeavors in the name of Jesus Christ, and in a special way provides for parishes many vital resources and programs which hey could not obtain on their own.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal constitutes an essential foundation for enabling the diocese to carry out these critical ministries in the work of the Gospel in San Diego and Imperial Counties. And for that reason, I ask you to participate generously in this year’s appeal with the knowledge in doing so you participate profoundly in the work of Christ and the grace of Catholic discipleship.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND TUITION ASSISTANCE
With support from the Annual Catholic Appeal, we strive to make Catholic Education both affordable and accessible to every child and family who desires it, regardless of their background, neighborhood, family income or culture. Tuition Assistance is provided to families who would otherwise not be able to afford sending their children to a Catholic School.
FORMATION IN THE FAITH
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, the Diocesan Institute and Youth Ministries. These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical ministries, Youth Ministry Coordinators, catechists and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults.
Following the example of Jesus who “came not be served but to serve”, Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity. The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Young Adult Ministry reaches out and invites this group to responsible participation in the full life and mission of the Church. Faith filled peer ministries and various social, service and spiritual opportunities strive to connect young adults to Christ and His Church.
Chaplaincies at 27 different facilities impact the lives of over 25,000 inmates. These include eight sheriff’s jails, five juvenile detention centers, three state prisons, and four federal detention facilities. Ministry supported by the ACA responds to the hunger that many of these inmate have to deepen their relationship with God.
The Diocese of San Diego supports over 22 seminarians who are discerning a call to priestly life and service in the Church. Tuition and living expenses average around $45,000 per seminarian. Two new priests were ordained for our diocese this past year.
Fifty-five retired priests of this diocese receive financial support so they can live in dignity, free of anxiety about their means of subsistence. This support includes providing health and auto insurance, and nursing care when required as well as supplementing their retirement and pension income when necessary. Retired priests are also invited to the annual convocation of priests at no charge.
OUR RESPONSE AS STEWARDS
There are many ways to respond to the Annual Catholic Appeal:
- A monthly or quarterly pledge
- A one-time cash gift
- A credit card or electronic funds transfer (visit giving.sdcatholic.org)
- A gift of stocks or bonds
Note that the Annual Catholic Appeal qualifies for many company matching gift programs.