The Diocesan Appeal [Formerly the Bishop's Appeal]
When the Diocesan Appeal was launched in July, 2020, our churches were at a limited capacity and there was no obligation to attend Mass because of the Pandemic. As a result, the Appeal is behind where it should be at this time even with the extra time provided this year. As we approach the June 30, 2021 deadline and completion for the Appeal we thank those who have, once again, so generously contributed and we ask those who have not yet made their contribution to do so without delay. Please remember that the Appeal funds the day to day operations of the diocesan offices which support the parishes in carrying out their pastoral ministry and caring for our parishioners throughout the diocese. Here are just a few of the offices upon which we call for support:
Architecture and Building Finance Office Marriage and Family Life
Catholic Charities Scouting Human Resources
Information Technologies The Chancery Kateri Institute
Stewardship and Development The Tribunal Faith Formation
Prayer and Worship Pastoral Planning Vicars General
Vocations Vicar for Clergy Consultation Center
Office of the Diaconate Communications Safe Environment Also, the Appeal funds the full six year scholarship of the thirty-nine men in formation for the priesthood and the six men in formation for the diaconate. The funding of Catholic Charities supports its vital ministry throughout the fourteen counties of our diocese. During this past year of the Pandemic the diocese has assisted the parishes in a great many ways without which it would have been more difficult than it has been.
If you have not yet made your contribution we encourage you to reply to one of the mailings you have received from the diocese. If you have not received any Diocesan Appeal mailings but would like to contribute we ask you to do one of the following: Contribute online at donate.thediocesanappeal.org or give by check providing the following information:
Mail to: Diocesan Appeal, Office of Stewardship and Development 40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY12203
Thus far, our contributions have totaled $57,980.00 of our $81,983.00 goal. Thank you for your consideration of the Diocesan Appeal.
April 27, 2021