Annual Catholic Appeal
Saying “I Believe” is a personal proclamation and a bold promise to share our blessings with others. Join fellow parishioners in donating to the Annual Catholic Appeal! #IBelieve #CatholicSTL
2019 Annual Catholic Appeal
Pledge cards will be available in the social hall after all 5 Masses on the weekends of May 5, 12, and 18. 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.
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. In 2017, 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. All these factors help us when we are writing the grant proposal:
- Meeting our ACA Goal – Met in 2018 (not met in 2017)
- % 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.