Appeal needs you
As weekly stories have shown, the Bishop's Appeal helps fund many diocesan services
By Tony Staley
Articles on 2006 Bishop's Appeal
Helping to bring spirituality home (Mar. 31, 2006)
Kaukauna's Padre John serves far-flung parish (Mar. 24, 2006)
Students choose mission over Florida beaches (Mar. 17, 2006)
Young men invite God to help them discern (Mar. 10, 2006)
Brother brings social teachings to community (Mar. 3, 2006)
Faith comes alive for all ages at the same time (Feb. 24, 2006)
'I never saw myself as a very holy guy' (Feb. 17, 2006)
Ministry helps Hispanic youth encounter Christ (Feb. 10, 2006)
Appeal targets $5 million for the first time (Feb. 3, 2006)
Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use (Feb. 3, 2006)
For the last two months The Compass has featured weekly a front page story on some aspect of the annual Bishop's Appeal and how it helps the Church of the Diocese of Green Bay bring the message of Jesus to others.
We have run these stories because we believe it's part of our obligation to keep Catholics informed on how the church uses the money you entrust to it.
This year we've had stories on: outreach to our growing Hispanic community; Steve Meyer of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Green Bay, who is pursuing the diaconate; religious education; social concerns; Fr. John Reuter, a priest of our diocese from Kaukauna serving as a missionary in Mexico; parish ministries; a UWGB Ecumenical Center Alternative Spring Break trip to the diocesan mission in the Dominican Republic; and this week, the diocesan family life ministry.
All these efforts and more - including marriage preparation, prison ministry, budget counseling, stewardship and Holy Name Retreat House - are partially funded by the Bishop's Appeal. Indeed, it's hard to think of something the diocese does that doesn't benefit from the Bishop's Appeal. For example, while a large part of the budget for The Compass comes from advertising and subscriptions, part is from the Bishop's Appeal.
The Appeal allows the diocese to serve Catholics and the broader community. Some - often in Catholic Charities - is direct service to families and individuals, but is often done by diocesan staff answering questions from parish staffs and committees.
Last year, the Appeal raised an all-time record $4,817,002; this year's target is $5 million. Every year the average gift to the Appeal has gone up, for example, from $110 in 2004 to $119 in 2005. There is still a challenge to increase the number of donors from 37,000 to a goal of approximately 42,000, said Josh Diedrich, director of the Bishop's Appeal.
Please prayerfully reflect on Bishop's Appeal 2006. Then give as generously as you feel God has given to you.