Programs We Support
A Message from Archbishop Carlson
Previous generations have worked to build the Church into a community of faithful men and women in St. Louis, with a generous outreach to those in greatest need. In announcing a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has once again reminded us that the Church is here to practice mercy, forgiveness and compassion. I invite everyone to consider a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your generous support will help forge new leadership and enthusiasm for the vitality of our parishes and strengthen the mission of the Church in St. Louis.
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
The Courage to Love
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been marked by moments of courageous leadership. In 1947, Cardinal Ritter desegregated Catholic schools, seven years before the United States Supreme Court mandated it.
In 1973, Cardinal Carberry led 30,000 people in a massive Pro-Life rally on the steps of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.
When AIDS patients were shunned in the early 1980s, Archbishop May said the only response we can have as Christians is love and care.
A Legacy of Courage Continues
The Annual Catholic Appeal is a call to everyone to have the courage to love. The Appeal is our opportunity to help someone in a desperate situation, someone who is suffering, lost or lonely. While it might be more comfortable to turn away from someone who is suffering, experienceing hardship or living with illness or isolation, we are asked to be courageous.
When we find someone in a desperate situation, we are invited to do something extraordinary: in word and action we are challenged by Pope Francis to reach out and touch the suffering flesh of Christ.
A Witness of Compassion
The Annual Catholic Appeal continuously supports efforts to make this possible. In schools and parishes, on street corners and in chapels, at home and at work, Catholics daily take up the call to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and share Him constantly.
The Holy Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis opens up extraordinary opportunities for offering and receiving forgiveness. The Holy Father wants to make it evident that the Church's mission is to be a witness of compassion.
Your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal will strengthen the ability of our parishes, schools and agencies to build the Church into a community of courageous love.
The 2016 Financial Goal Is $13.5 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.
|Serving Our Parishes Directly [$2,865,000]|
|Elementary School Assistance||$2,000,000||314.792.7300|
|Parish Emergency Assistance Fund||85,000||314.792.7680|
|Parochial High Schools||250,000||314.792.7300|
|Parish Food Pantries||30,000||314.792.7680|
|Stewardship and Development Support for Parishes, Schools and Agencies||500,000||314.792.7680|
|Serving Our Youth [$2,970,000]|
|Archdiocesan High Schools||$1,250,000||314.792.7300|
|Newman Centers on College Campuses||170,000||314.935.9191|
|High School Stewardship Essay Program||55,000||314.792.7680|
|Catholic Youth Apostolate||20,000||314.792.7600|
|Today and Tomorrow Educational Fund||100,000||314.792.7622|
|Serving the People in Our Parishes [$1,855,000]|
|Laity and Family Life||$450,000||314.792.7180|
|Paul VI Institute/Adult Catechesis||345,000||314.792.7450|
|Elementary Teachers Educational Fund||75,000||314.792.7300|
|Natural Family Planning||170,000||314.997.7576|
|Respect Life Apostolate||350,000||314.792.7555|
|St. Charles Lwanga Center||145,000||314.367.7929|
|Catholic Renewal Center||25,000||314.427.7786|
|Catholic St. Louis Magazine||80,000||314.792.7500|
|Serving Those in Need [$1,555,000]|
|Immigrant and Refugee Support||35,000||314.772.1525|
|Rural Parish Workers||55,000||636.586.5171|
|Doorways HIV Ministry||25,000||314.535.1919|
|Criminal Justice Ministry||55,000||314.652.8062|
|Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service||90,000||636.441.1302|
|Latin America Apostolate||50,000||314.792.7655|
|Peter and Paul Community Services, Shelter at Sts. Peter and Paul||10,000||314.231.9923|
|Messengers of Peace Mission Work||25,000||314.792.7655|
|Special Needs Fund||10,000||314.792.7283|
|Serving Those Who Serve Us [$1,705,000]|
|Continuing Formation for Priests||$580,000||314.792.7550|
|Regina Cleri Priests Retirement Home||315,000||314.968.2240|
|Care for Active and Retired Priests||700,000||314.792.7034|
|Support for Religious Orders||50,000||314.792.7251|
|Annual Catholic Appeal Expenses||$1,335,000||314.792.7680|
|Reserve for Unpaid Pledges||810,000||314.792.7680|
|Total needed: $13.5 million|