Annual Catholic Appeal
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PARTNERS IN MISSION – a calling and an invitation. Through our contributions to the ACA we respond to the invitation to continue THE MISSION OF CHRIST. By our prayers and sacrifices we are encouraged and are sent to make Jesus present: Jesus, the Teacher; Jesus the Priest; Jesus the Servant; Jesus, the Shepherd.
In the Diocese of San Diego, proceeds from the ACA go a long way to help support the following:
1. Catholic Charities is the primary diocesan social service agency. Through it, almost 300,000 people are assisted each year by providing a network of important programs and services.
2. Priestly and Religious Vocations Ongoing prayer and financial support are necessary in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life and in the formation of candidates.
3. Parishes and Schools in Need Some parishes and parochial schools struggle financially and need assistance to provide basic facilities and programs.
4. Marriage and Family Life Parishes need assistance in providing good programs of preparation for marriage and for marriage and family enrichment.
5. Youth and Young Adults Attempts are being made to offset the negative influences which bombard our youth and young adults today by fostering efforts and offering programs which will promote their human and spiritual growth and development.
6. Religious Education Time, talent and treasure are needed to offer culturally sensitive evangelization and systematic catechesis to all Catholics, whether children, youth or adults, and to reach out to those interested in becoming Catholics.
7. Valley Parish Development – Up to $1 Million will be used for struggling parishes and schools in the Diocese. Imperial Valley parishes are full beyond capacity but do not have the financial means to build new church buildings. Unemployment in the Valley is currently at 30%. Poorer parishes in San Diego County are also hard hit by the economy – at a time when the parish is most needed. Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Centro (1) and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico (2) must relocate and rebuild their churches in order to respond adequately to the needs of the people. They cannot accomplish this without financial help. Christ the King Mission in the Salton Sea area (3) needs its own center for worship and community activities.
St. Michael Parish has accepted and embraced the invitation with generosity and commitment. We are grateful to the many who have faithfully and generously contributed throughout the years.