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February 2, 2001 Issue
Local News

Appeal offers chance to do Jesus' work

Annual fund-raiser makes possible services to individuals and parishes

First in a series on the annual Bishop's Appeal

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

The Diocese of Green Bay is seeking $4.1 million in 2001 during its annual fund-raising effort, the Bishop's Appeal, which provides direct services to individuals and consulting services to parishes.

"We feel pretty confident that we can reach this level, since we were able to raise $3.9 million during last year's Appeal," said Ron Shaha, director of the Bishop's Appeal.

"The real work of helping people happens in the parishes," said Cindi Brawner, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. "But the parishes can't do it alone. Bishop's Appeal donations help fund education, counseling programs and services that heal and enrich local families, parishes and communities."

The Bishop's Appeal supports hundreds of ministries throughout the diocese including counseling from state-certified therapists in areas of addiction, abuse and conflict, assistance for refugees and immigrants, support for the training of parish priests and lay leaders, continuing education for Catholic school teachers, administrators, religious educators and parents, support for a mission in the Dominican Republic, the weekly TV Mass, Marriage Preparation and The Compass. Bishop's Appeal 2001 kicks off this weekend, Feb. 3-4.

"Your contributions to the Bishop's Appeal have enabled us to educate our young people, to welcome those who are seeking a new beginning in this country, to comfort those who are hurting and to bring Christ in Word and Sacrament to the young and old," said Bp. Robert Banks. "Thank you for your generosity."

This weekend many parishes will show a video introducing Bishop's Appeal 2001. The theme for the Appeal, taken from the 2001 diocesan theme, is "Summoned to Serve."

"Each of us is summoned by Jesus to serve," said Bp. Banks. "We do it especially in our family life, our neighborhoods and our workplaces. We also do it for the church by helping those in need."

In addition to the $4.1 million mark, another goal for 2001 is increasing the average gift per person, said Shaha. Gifts per person increased in 2000 to $80.91, up from $74 in 1999. Shaha said the diocese would like to see that average gift reach the $100 mark.

Gifts from the Crozier Society-for persons who give $500 or more-increased 26% last year. Gifts of $715,000 were received from Crozier Society members in 2000, up from $500,000 in 1999. The average gift per Crozier Society member was $769. Membership increased from 720 in 1999 to 903 in 2000. Gifts from the Crozier Society represented 19% of the total Bishop's Appeal in the year 2000.

To help promote the Bishop's Appeal, a series of 30-second commercials will be broadcast on television and radio stations across Northeastern Wisconsin. The television spots will show examples of the Bishop's Appeal at work. One of the commercials looks at how the Bishop's Appeal assists families and newcomers in the diocese. The other television commercial features Joan Bartman, pastoral associate at St. Mary Margaret Parish, Neenah, and focuses on support for lay ministry.

"We live in a time of great prosperity," said Bp. Banks. "but our culture is such that we have serious need for even greater help. It is our mission to let everyone in our diocese know that God loves them and the church cares."

"Generosity to the poor and for the work of the church is an essential part of Gospel living. Your generosity to the Bishop's Appeal does both."

For more information about Bishop's Appeal 2001, contact Ron Shaha at (920)437-7531, ext. 8196; P.O. Box 23825, Green Bay 54305-3825 or e-mail: [email protected].

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