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2020 Annual Catholic Appeal
ACA pledge cards have been mailed to all parishioners who have given to the ACA in the last 5 years and will not be available for pick-up at church this year.
Any parishioner who has not received a pledge card and would like to give, you may:
- Stop by the parish office and fill out a pledge card or let us help you give online.
- Give online at archstl.org/aca. Click the “Donate Today” button. NOTE: In order to calculate pledges made by St. Patrick parishioners, please add “St. Patrick 372” to the comment box located in the Additional Information section.
Our 2020 Challenge Goal is $138,651
Any parishioner who desires to help with the appeal, or has questions, please contact us.
Dennis Luecke • 636-327-6675 • ACA Coordinator
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 2019, 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.