October 15, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 25
2012 Diocesan Appeal kicks off in record-setting fashion
During the weekend of October 6-7, the in-pew gift phase of the 2012 Annual Appeal began.
Pastors and parish Appeal volunteers need support during Mass because the in-pew weekends are critical to the success of the Appeal and account for 65-70 percent of the total gifts contributed.
In advance of this weekend, the Diocese received a record-setting number of early contributions from responses to the letter from Bishop DiLorenzo as well as the regional receptions that were conducted.
As of October 5, $1,027,734 had been raised from 3,528 individuals and families, achieving nearly 50 percent of the $2,250,000 goal. These totals are more than the 2010 and 2011 Appeals combined during the same timeframes.
“With the in-pew gift requests underway, I want to say that I am personally grateful for the time our pastors and our volunteers spend promoting this effort in their parishes. I would also like to thank all of those who have made early commitments to our Appeal,” Bishop DiLorenzo said. “Your gifts will provide necessary resources to the various ministries of the Diocese as well as the urgent local priorities of our parishes.”
In addition to the 10 parishes that exceeded their target before the first in-pew weekend, 92 raised a quarter or more of their target, with 48 already over 50 percent. When a non-mission parish hits its target, it receives 20 percent back through the parish sharing formula. For any money collected over the target, the parish receives 50 percent. New to the Appeal this year, mission parishes receive 50 percent back for any money collected across the board.
Appeal Honor Roll as of Oct. 5, 2012
Parishes OVER 200 percent:
- Francis of Assisi (Rocky Mount) – 239 percent
Parishes OVER 100 percent:
- Saint Therese (Saint Paul) – 182 percent
- Good Shepherd (Lebanon) – 156 percent
- Saint Joseph (Clifton Forge) – 153 percent
- Saint John the Evangelist (New Castle) – 148 percent
- Saint Joseph (Clintwood) – 141 percent
- Saint Victoria (Hurt) – 136 percent
- Saint Matthew (Virginia Beach) – 106 percent
- All Saints (Woodlawn) – 104 percent
- Saint Edward Mission (Pulaski) – 104 percent
The in-pew gift phase will continue during the weekend of October 13–14.