Annual Catholic Appeal
Mary showed us how to live in love and charity. Your gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal promote the revolution of tenderness across the archdiocese. Learn how our efforts at St. Patrick Parish can help those in need and help build the church!
2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
On the weekend of April 23, pledge cards will be available in the social hall after all 5 Masses. To relieve congestion in the social hall on the weekend, parents with students in PSR and full-time school will receive their pledge cards in the students' Wednesday folders on April 26.
The pledge cards will also be available on May 6, 7, 13, and 14. Any parishioner who desires to help with the appeal, please contact us.
Dennis Luecke • 636-327-6675
Your participation, no matter how small – even a dollar, will help. Why even a dollar? Each year our parish applies for a Viability Grant from the Archdiocese funded by the ACA. This year, we were awarded $50,000 to help us pay down our debt. The ACA has awarded us a grant for this purpose for the past several years. These factors all help us when we are writing for the grant proposal:
- Meeting our ACA Goal – we have done this the last two years
- % family participation
- Increased Stewardship efforts
This is why even a small gift helps us, as it bolsters our percentage of participation.
Even though we're asking our parishioners to donate because it does directly help our parish, the ACA should be viewed as an opportunity for stewardship, engagement, and education about the Church’s shared mission. It is easy to ask, “What’s in it for us?" but one should focus on the willingness to give as Jesus did without expecting something in return. The appeal provides funding for programs that serve the greater St. Louis community's most immediate needs. Ministries include:
- Catholic education, including elementary and high schools, special education, Newman Centers, and ongoing formation for priests and deacons
- Promotion of human dignity, including help for immigrants and refugees, food pantries, and other services for the homeless and those in need and efforts to defend life, marriage, and religious liberty
- Leadership and missionary discipleship, including vocations, adult catechesis, support for religious communities, prayer and healing ministries, and communications and youth programming
Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes back into the community in the form of direct services.