September 17, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 23
Early giving gains momentum for Appeal
D uring the weekends of October 6–7 and 13–14, the Diocese will be conducting the in-pew gift phase of the 2012 Annual Appeal.
These weekends allow the opportunity for pastors and parish Appeal volunteers to ask parishioners for their support during Mass.
The Diocese has been conducting a series of leadership receptions to gain early gifts to the 2012 Appeal. These receptions were held at St. Anne in Bristol, Our Lady of Nazareth in Roanoke, St. Edward the Confessor in Richmond, Incarnation in Charlottesville, Holy Cross in Lynchburg, Star of the Sea in Virginia Beach, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News, Sacred Heart in Norfolk and St. Joan of Arc in Yorktown.
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy, pastors and key staff members were present to talk with prospective donors about how their gifts would benefit both the parishes and the Diocesan Church.
Based on the urgent needs of the Diocese, the overall goal for this year’s Appeal is $2,250,000.
These receptions as well as other early responses resulted in $363,369 being raised to date. This level of advanced giving puts the Diocese at 16 percent of the overall goal and well ahead of giving during this time in previous years.
In addition, six parishes have already exceeded their fundraising targets.
- Saint Joseph (Clifton Forge) — 153 percent;
- Francis of Assisi (Rocky Mount) — 151 percent;
- Saint Joseph (Clintwood) — 141 percent;
- Good Shepherd (Lebanon) — 126 percent;
- Saint John the Evangelist (New Castle) — 126 percent, and
- Saint Therese (Saint Paul) — 110 percent.
The Appeal addresses the increased needs of 13 different ministries and programs such as providing for the health insurance for our 42 retired priests and six who require long-term care, fully covering the costs of room, board and tuition assistance for our 17 seminarians and providing Fuel and Hunger Fund grants to more than 65 parishes and Catholic organizations so they can offer emergency food, heating, rent and shelter assistance to those in need.
“Our Diocese covers a very large area of Virginia,” Msgr. Lane said. “When you’re talking about 150 parishes and 33,000 square miles of territory, you can imagine the sheer amount and diversity of needs that must be met.
“These needs are often larger than any one parish can address and they present some real challenges. The 2012 Annual Diocesan Appeal answers these challenges in the most effective way possible.”
As in the past two Appeals, the parishes will also be the beneficiaries of a large portion of the money collected through the parish sharing formula. Non-mission parishes will receive 20 percent of any funds collected up to their fundraising target and 50 percent for anything collected over their target.
For the first time, the 45 mission parishes will receive 50 percent of their total amount collected. Over the past two Appeals, the Diocese has returned to the parishes approximately $2 million used to fund their urgent local priorities.
“The 2012 Appeal is a pivotal moment in the life of our parishes and our Diocesan Church,” Bishop DiLorenzo said. “What we are able to accomplish when we join together as one Catholic voice for those in need is truly inspiring.
“I would like to thank all of those who made an early commitment to this effort. As we approach the in-pew weekends, their leadership will inspire the generosity of other parishioners throughout the Diocese.”
For more information or to find out how you can contribute to the 2012 Annual Diocesan Appeal, please visit: www.richmonddiocese.org/appeal.