by Kathy Gaito
Think about the feeling you have when you set goals and each day you make strides to meet those goals. Sometimes the goals we set are easier to reach with the help of others. Often, when our goals are met, they have a domino effect helping others also achieve something positive in their own lives.
The Annual Catholic Appeal has a goal, and yes, it is monetary, but this monetary goal has a domino effect leading to a positive secondary outcome. The money donated to the ACA is used to help our Diocesan ministries keep their vital works flowing throughout our communities. Know that you are lifting someone spiritually, feeding someone who is hungry, directing someone who is struggling with addiction onto a better path plus so much more when you contribute to your parish’s ACA goal.
The overall goal of this year’s ACA is $2,800,000. This total is derived from the individual goals that are assigned to each parish in the Diocese. As members of the Catholic Church it’s imperative that we each do our part so that our parish can meet its goal. This year, the Development Office ministry has a goal…to increase parishioner participation in the ACA. The hope is to reach as close to 100 percent of parishioner participation within all parishes across the Diocese. This can only be achieved if each person is willing to give, no matter the amount of the donation, to support the ACA. We understand that everyone’s circumstances in life are different, which is why it is important to unite with others to achieve the greatest result while donating at a level that fits your means.
Thank you to all who have currently donated to the 2019 Annual Appeal, Hand in Hand with All God’s Children. As of May we are at $2,005,704 which is 71.63 percent of our goal. Participation is currently at 17.07 percent. If you haven’t given to this year’s ACA there is still time. Please help the Development Office get to as close to 100 percent of parishioner participation as possible. View the ACA video that is online at www.norwichdiocesedevelopment.org and see examples of how donations to the ACA are used to support the ministries and programs within your Diocese. If you are considering a donation to the ACA and your company has a matching gift policy, feel free to reach out to the Development Office 860-886-1928 with questions…someone would be happy to assist you. Thank you in advance for joining hand in hand with us to achieve this goal that will have a positive impact on so many.
To watch the video or learn more about the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal and about how you can help support the ministries and programs in the Diocese of Norwich, please visit the ACA webpage. and make your pledge, or call the Office of Development at 860-886-1928.