We help and serve others through the Annual Catholic Appeal not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. Please consider a gift today. #CatholicSTL
2022 Annual Catholic Appeal
2022 Annual Catholic Appeal pledge cards will be available in the social hall after all Masses on the weekends of May 7/8, 14/15, and 21/22.
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 their Wednesday folders.
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 aca.archstl.org. Click the “Donate” button. NOTE: In order to calculate pledges made by St. Patrick parishioners, under Parish to Credit, please select “Saint Patrick Parish (Wentzville) 372” in the dropdown box.
Our 2022 Challenge Goal is $139,955
Any parishioner who desires to help with the appeal, or has questions, please contact us.
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
- % 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.