This year’s Catholic Charities Appeal closed on June 30th. As you probably have heard, the Diocesan donations received did finally exceed this year’s goal of $11,000,000 with a total of $11,006.393.
We at Sacred Heart of Jesus Diocesan Shrine and Parish ended up with a total of $37,361 or about 87.9% of our Parish Goal of $42,500 and $831 less than last year’s actual total. This amount has been provided by 221 of about 650 potential donors or about 34%.
We are extremely grateful for all of those who responded to this year’s campaign!
While we recognize that the Upon the Rock Campaign in our parish and other recent diocesan issues have likely had a negative effect on Catholic Charities donations over the recent years, we are hopeful time will heal those effects going forward.
IMPORTANT! If you or any other potential donors, friends, or family have questions, the Catholic Charities administration can assure you and them that contributions to the Appeal continue to our programs and services and will NEVER fund any settlements by the diocese.
In addition, one of the important ministries of Catholic Charities is to counsel and assist individuals who recently or in the past have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
There is work to be done to increase donations and specifically to increase the percentage of donors in our Parish.
While Christine and I plan to continue our campaign efforts as long as we are able, we welcome any and all assistance and ideas for the 2019 Appeal and beyond.
Dennis & Christine Kessler