Programs We Support
A Message from Archbishop Carlson
One constant in Mary’s life, in the midst of great uncertainty, was her complete confidence in God and His plan for her. From the beginning, when the angel Gabriel announced that she would be the Mother of God, until her Son’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection, Mary remained of one heart. At a time when so much is being asked of our Catholic families, I am thankful for your ongoing generosity. Your extraordinary sacrifices are a true reflection of Mary’s willingness to be of “one heart, in charity.”
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
MARY: UNCERTAIN YET UNAFRAID
The life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the greatest example of how to live a life of love and tenderness. In many ways, her life is a revolution of tenderness. Mary was unexpectedly pregnant, driven from her home by an evil ruler, forced to flee as a refugee with her baby on the back of a donkey, literally homeless for the first year of her marriage. Not the best start in the eyes of the world.
Pope Francis reminds us, “The Bible is full of families, births, love stories and family crises” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Family, 8). The Annual Catholic Appeal reaches out to individuals and families during times of great joy and immense sorrow. Together, we bring love and tenderness, just as the Catholic Church has since the time of Christ.
Beginning with the Annunciation, Mary accepted uncertainty without fear. Mary’s response to God’s call to become the Mother of God was simply, “The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His name. His mercy is from age to age” (Lk. 1:49).
As stewards of God’s gifts, we are grateful for the great things God has done for us and we seek to share our blessings with others through the Annual Catholic Appeal.
BUILDING THE CHURCH . . . ONE MIRACLE AT A TIME
Mary has a powerful presence in her Son’s life, most dramatically at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and at the end as He hangs upon the cross. At the Wedding Feast of Cana, when the wine runs dry, we see Mary directing the servants, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn. 2:5). As Jesus turns water into wine, His mother tells the world, “Do whatever He tells you” and you will find the greatest and sweetest reward.
Your support of the Annual Catholic Appeal demonstrates your faithful willingness, like Mary, to invite others to follow the call of her Son. Your gift will help make possible the thousands of miracles that take place in the lives of those we serve every day.
ONE HEART IN CHARITY
With one heart, as the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we pray for a charitable response to help the less fortunate, those in material and spiritual need, and the forgotten. Your gifts are so important to help those facing many of the same uncertainties and fears that the young woman of Nazareth faced.
THE 2017 FINANCIAL GOAL IS $13.75 MILLION
Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes back into the community in the form of direct services.
HOW YOUR GIFT IS USED
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the following programs and ministries. If you need assistance or help in any way, please call today.
All gifts are designated in advance for the services listed.
|CULTURE OF LEADERSHIP
|Stewardship and Development Support for Parishes, Schools and Agencies||500,000||314.792.7680|
|Laity and Family Life||450,000||314.792.7180|
|Paul VI Institute/Adult Catechesis||290,000||314.792.7450|
|Natural Family Planning||190,000||314.997.7576|
|Parish Emergency Assistance Fund||85,000||314.792.7680|
|Elementary Teachers Educational Fund||75,000||314.792.7300|
|High School Stewardship Essay Program||55,000||314.792.7680|
|Support for Religious Orders||25,000||314.792.7251|
|Catholic Youth Apostolate||20,000||314.792.7600|
|Care for Active and Retired Priests||$725,000||314.792.7034|
|St. Charles Lwanga Center||145,000||314.367.7929|
|Catholic St. Louis Magazine||80,000||314.792.7500|
|Rural Parish Workers||55,000||636.586.5171|
|Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis||50,000||314.373.8200|
|Latin America Apostolate||50,000||314.792.7655|
|Catholic Renewal Center||25,000||314.801.8688|
|Messengers of Peace Mission Work||25,000||314.792.7655|
|Special Needs Fund||10,000||314.792.7283|
|HUMAN DIGNITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITY
|Respect Life Apostolate||325,000||314.792.7555|
|Regina Cleri Priests Retirement Home||315,000||314.968.2240|
|Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service||90,000||636.441.1302|
|Criminal Justice Ministry||65,000||314.652.8062|
|Archbishop's Charity Fund||47,500||314.792.7680|
|Immigrant and Refugee Support||40,000||314.772.1525|
|Parish Food Pantries||35,000||314.792.7680|
|Doorways HIV Ministry||25,000||314.535.1919|
|Peter and Paul Community Services, Shelter at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish||10,000||314.231.9923|
|Elementary School Assistance||$2,000,000||314.792.7300|
|Archdiocesan High Schools||1,170,000||314.792.7300|
|Continuing Formation of Priests||625,000||314.792.7550|
|Parochial High Schools||260,000||314.792.7300|
|Newman Centers on College Campuses||190,000||314.935.9191|
|Today and Tomorrow Educational Fund||100,000||314.792.7621|
|Annual Catholic Appeal Expenses||$1,335,000||314.792.7680|
|Reserve for Unpaid Pledges||825,000||314.792.7680|
|2017 Appeal Goal: $13,750,000