Appeal for help
Annual Bishop's Appeal helps parishes and individuals, but to do that it needs your help
By Tony Staley
For the last several weeks, The Compass has been running front
page stories on the annual Bishop's Appeal under way in all
parishes of the Green Bay Diocese.
This week, we're inviting you to contribute generously to the
Bishop's Appeal, which supports numerous programs and services
for parishes and individuals.
How does the Bishop's Appeal benefit people and parishes?
Parishes with schools and/or religious education programs are
helped by consultants in the Department of Total Catholic
Education. Most - if not all - weeks, groups of educators are in
the diocesan offices attending a class, workshop or meeting to
improve the educational services their parishes offer.
Consultants also give advice over the phone and visit parishes.
The department sponsors or co-sponsors workshops and the annual
Congress. Bishop's Appeal helps make that possible.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps provide support and continuing education
for all our priests.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps train parish staffs so they can offer
the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults.
-- Bishop's Appeal, through the Worship Office, advises parishes
when they need to build a new church or renovate an existing one
or if they have questions about improving liturgies.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps make possible marriage preparation and
marriage and family enrichment and parenting programs.
-- Bishop's Appeal helped make possible the highly successful
Renew 2000 offered the last three years in homes and parishes
throughout our diocese.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps provide counseling services to
individuals and families with difficulties.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps deliver news, information, education and
useful features to homes weekly through The Compass.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps evangelize through the Internet with a
web page at www.gbdioc.org.
-- Bishop's Appeal, through the Finance and Accounting
Department, helps provide advice to parish bookkeepers.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps to provide medical insurance and
retirement programs to parish personnel.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps train pastoral associates, parish
religious education coordinators and deacons and then to provide
a peer support network to assist them in their work.
-- Bishop's Appeal helps promote the cause of life and other
social issues, including services to the hearing and visually
impaired and new immigrants to our area.
How does Bishop's Appeal help? In these and many more ways. Now,
the Bishop's Appeal needs your help. Please give generously and
help it surpass the $4.1 million target.