2016 Annual Catholic Appeal
Participation is an Act of Mercy
Envelopes from the Annual Catholic Appeal are arriving in mailboxes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento. They are arriving in the homes of parishioners. They are also arriving at The Catholic Foundation, where pledges are already coming in for the 2016 Appeal.
This Year’s Annual Catholic Appeal is unique. The tie to the Year of Mercy is very strong and has been well-received. In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Soto asks “in this Jubilee Year of Mercy that we all recognize that our generosity flows from God’s abundant mercy towards us. The Appeal is one way we call all act on the generous Mercy God has shown to each of us.”
Bishop Soto also thanks parishioners for their generous support of the 2015 Appeal, which concluded last week on January 31. “Your generous and faithful sacrifices sustain the works of mercy made possible by the Annual Catholic Appeal.” Nearly 24,000 gifts were received, with more than $3.4 million in commitments. Final results will be provided to parishes in the coming weeks.
Fifty percent of funds collected went to charitable organizations helping more than 200,000 people to overcome poverty and despair. Twenty five percent went back to parishes so that a wide variety of needs could be responded to with local care. Twenty-five percent helped with seminarian education and assisted families in at-risk communities with the cost of Catholic school education for their children.
Bishop Cotta, who is the Chair of the 2016 ACA Leadership Team, also emphasizes that not only does the Appeal benefit nearly 100 programs run by Catholic charitable organizations that help people who are truly suffering in our midst, it is a way -- at little to no-cost to all parishes in the diocese -- to raise funds for their own social service ministries.
This year’s Appeal Weekend is February 20-21 at most parishes. All Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento are encouraged to participate at whatever level they can afford. If you have not received information in the mail, donations can be made at your parish or online: