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1 2017 Appeal Parish Manual Step by-step Instructions to Implement the Appeal at your parish Disciples, Sent by the Spirit

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3 Table of Contents An online copy of this manual is available at INTRODUCTION 5 Archbishop s Letter to Pastors and Coordinators Archbishop s Appeal Prayer 9 Steering Committee Member List 10 SECTION 1: LEADERSHIP - CONDUCTING THE APPEAL 11 Pastor s Role in the Appeal 13 Appeal Coordinator s Role and Responsibilities 14 Appeal Parish Checklist 15 SECTION 2: IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS 17 Appeal Timeline/Important Dates 19 Mass & Bulletin Announcements and Prayer Intentions 20 Appeal Follow-Up Announcements for April, July, and September 21 Appeal Pulpit Talk Script 22 Announcement Weekend on January 21 & In Pew Weekend on February 18 & Appeal Follow-Up on Weekend February 25 & Second In-Pew in September 27 October Appeal Thank you and Final Parish Ask 28 About the Direct Mail Campaign and Follow-Up Mailings 29 SECTION 3: APPEAL SUPPORT MATERIALS 31 Letter from Archbishop Gustavo to Parishioners 33 A Well Informed Parish/Parish Roster and Appeal Summary Reports 35 Making a Gift to the Appeal/Types of Gifts 36 SECTION 4: APPEAL FUNDED MINISTRIES Allocation of Funds Raised and Pie Chart 39 Pastoral Ministries Catholic Social Service Ministries Catholic Communications 46 Catholic Education and Formation 47 Clergy and Religious 48 What Donors Make Possible! 49 Appeal Impact Statements FAQs Parish Appeal Goals Appeal Office Contact Information 62 Note: If your parish cannot access these resources by computer, please call the Office of Archbishop s Appeal at

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5 Archbishop s Appeal Mission and Purpose Thank you for being a part of the Archbishop s Appeal. This manual will assist you in conducting a successful Appeal at your parish. Please reflect on the following information to understand the importance of the annual Archbishop s Appeal campaign. Together, we will make a difference in our archdiocese community by growing our Catholic faith in the lives of Christ s people. Mission of Archbishop s Appeal As Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, we are called to assist and serve our brothers and sisters in their relationship with Christ and His church. The Archbishop s Appeal ministry identifies, develops, and acquires the financial resources to support the essential work of the Archdiocesan ministries. These ministries provide the spiritual, educational, and material needs to thousands of individuals and families in the 19 counties that encompass the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Together, we accomplish this by raising the necessary tools to further our Catholic mission. Purpose The Appeal supports the needs of the people in our community by forming men to serve as priests and deacons to administer the Sacraments of our faith, develop catechist to educate our families in the faith, serve the needs of the poor, homeless, incarcerated, elderly, hospitalized, marginalized, vulnerable and those who find themselves in desperate situations. The Appeal is our opportunity, as Disciples of Christ to promote the Gospel message in word and deed. Thus, the Appeal allows us the opportunity as Christians to serve others in prayer and through our financial gift. Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS Archbishop of San Antonio, TX

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7 A Message to Clergy and Coordinators ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIO OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP Post Office Box San Antonio, Texas Facsimile My Dear Brother Priests and Appeal Coordinators, Thank you for accepting the call to serve the Archdiocese of San Antonio through the ministry of the Archbishop s Appeal. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said, We are all Missionary Disciples with the power of the Spirit. This has been shared with us and passed on for many generations since the first Pentecost. We are a family of faith that is sealed with the Holy Spirit and sent forth by Christ to proclaim His love and mercy with all whom we encounter; especially those most in need spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This year, the Appeal Steering Committee selected as the theme for the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal, Disciples, Sent by the Spirit. In considering the work that we have embarked on these last few years, we recognize and continue to stay aligned with the whole Church throughout the world, bringing about the New Evangelization and shepherding Christ s people. We are a family of faith that is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel message of Christ s love to His people. This is why it is essential that we continue to invite others to support the Archbishop s Appeal. The Appeal is how we in the archdiocese work to make our local Church the place which He envisioned it. For the 2017 Appeal, I confirm the Steering Committee s recommendation to keep the Appeal goal at $4.5 million. We will continue to support Catholic Social Services, Pastoral Ministry Programs, Evangelization and Outreach Initiatives, Catholic Education, and Religious Vocations. As Disciples, Sent by the Spirit, I pray that you continue to share the mission of the Appeal so that together we can continue to advance God s love through charity. The agencies and initiatives supported by donors provide the means to respond to the spiritual, educational, and physical needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I am grateful for your leadership in your parish community. Please rely on the 2017 Appeal Parish Manual to assist you in your efforts to conduct a successful Appeal in your parish. I am certain that our efforts will flourish as you invite your parish community to participate in a loving spirit of generosity. Thank you for all that you do to carry out the work of the Church. With the assurance of my prayers, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS Archbishop of San Antonio

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9 2017 Archbishop s Appeal Prayer Merciful God, You call us to be your disciples to proclaim the Good News to all we meet. You sent us your Holy Spirit to guide us as we carry out your sacred work. Help us to respond to your people in need through the Archbishop s Appeal, Use our ready hearts and our willing hands to show them the face of your Son Jesus. Unite us as one in mind and heart as we work together to build your kingdom. Bless us as shepherds of your good will and fill us with your Spirit s gifts. Help us to remember that, like Peter and Andrew, James, John, Mary Magdalen, and like the mother of your Son Jesus, we too are called to be your Disciples, Sent by the Spirit! Amen

10 2017 Steering Committee Members The Appeal Steering Committee is a seven-member decision-making and reporting body whose function is to review the annual Appeal funding requests. Their efforts determine which ministries or agencies should be funded as a recommendation to the Archbishop and the Presbyteral Council. In addition, this committee reviews the Appeal Funding Reports to determine the appropriate use of funds. The Appeal Steering Committee is comprised of two clergy, one of which serves as the Chair, two Pastoral Center Staff Members, one Archdiocesan Finance Council Member, one Lay Member, and the Moderator of the Curia. Reverend Walter D Heedene, CICM Steering Committee Chair Sacred Heart Catholic Church Reverend Martin J. Leopold Moderator of the Curia Ruben Hinojosa Archdiocesan Staff Member Vacant Archdiocesan Staff Member Fr. Paul Raaz Sacred Heart, Gonzalez Clergy Member Becky Finley Finance Council Member Silvia Gutierrez Finance Council Member 10

11 Section I Leadership Conducting the Appeal

12 Appeal donors help feed the hungry! 12

13 A Pastor s Role Recruit and Appoint Volunteers As shepherd of your parish, we recognize that you have a busy schedule. The Appeal encourages you to recruit and appoint members of your parish community to participate in the Appeal. Volunteers will assist in promoting the Appeal and raising the necessary funds to meet or exceed your Appeal parish goal. With their support, you can educate your parish with information about the Appeal and the importance of having 100% parish participation. Allow the Appeal Activities and Task to be administered in Your Parish A successful Appeal at your parish requires your direct support. Therefore, allow time for the Appeal activities and announcements to be completed as instructed in this manual. In addition, if for any reason the Appeal video cannot be shown in your parish, please prepare yourself to provide a heartfelt motivational homily during In-Pew Weekend on February The homily should align with the message and Mission of the Appeal. You may include facts and examples on how both the parish and the Archdiocese are working together through the Appeal to proclaim the Gospel message in word and deed to Christ s people in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Use All Appeal Promotional Materials The Archbishop s Appeal requests that you use the Appeal materials such as the Appeal posters, videos, bulletin announcements, Appeal insert, and donation envelope. These resources are provided to promote, bring awareness, and raise the necessary funds for the Appeal. Pray for the Appeal on Important Appeal Dates at Least Once a Month The success of the Appeal requires the praying support from both you, as pastor, and the parish community. We ask that the Appeal prayer be prayed during key dates listed on the Appeal Timeline. In addition, we ask for the Appeal prayer to be prayed in your parish at least once a month. This can be done by the pastor or the Appeal Coordinator when you provide an Appeal parish update on the funds raised toward your Appeal parish goal. This process is very important. The Appeal encourages you and the Appeal Coordinator to keep your parish informed on the status of your Appeal progress. Make Your Own Appeal Gift or Pledge Commitment during In-Pew Weekend on February As pastor and shepherd of your parish community, you set the tone for the support to the Archbishop s Appeal. Please make your own pledge commitment or gift during Mass on In-Pew Weekend, February Your gift donation conveys the message that you fully support the Archbishop and his Appeal. Please allow time for you or Appeal Coordinator to demonstrate how to fill out an Appeal pledge envelope. Invite Your Parishioners to Participate in the Appeal Invite your parishioners to participate in the Appeal in prayer and in making a gift of any amount that they are able. They may do so by filling out the Appeal pledge envelope, respond to the Archbishop s letter, give online, or call the Appeal Office. Encourage your parish to help the Archbishop by having 100% parish participation. If a parishioner did not receive a letter from the Archbishop, they are not in the Appeal database. Please have them complete the Appeal parish in-pew envelope. On-going Support to the Appeal on Follow-Up Weekend, February 25-26, and at Least Once a Month Please continue your on-going support to the Appeal by allowing you or the Appeal Coordinator to conduct an Appeal Follow-Up Weekend on February The Appeal Follow-up Weekend allows parishes to stress the importance of their participation in the Appeal through prayer and financial commitment. Inform your community that your parish would like to meet or exceed the 2017 Appeal parish goal. Express Gratitude to Your Parish Community for Their Support to the Appeal In gratitude for the support that you and your parish community have given to the Appeal, we request for you or the Appeal Coordinator to communicate the Archbishop s gratitude for their generosity. Please do this at least once a month. This may be done when you pray the Appeal prayer and provide a progress report on the status of funds raised toward your Appeal parish goal

14 Appeal Coordinator s Role Thank you and congratulations on your appointment as your parish Appeal Coordinator. It is a great honor to be chosen by your pastor who sees your faith and willingness to give of your time to help build up the Kingdom of God in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. As an Appeal Coordinator, your role requires you to assist your pastor in conducting a successful Appeal campaign. Your personal commitment to the work of the archdiocesan Church is the message you need to share on behalf of the Archbishop and your pastor. You will serve as a liaison between the Archbishop, the Appeal Office, your pastor, and the people of your parish. As the Appeal Coordinator, you are asked to help the Archbishop in his efforts to raise the funds to support the work of the Appeal ministries (AA Ministries listed on pages (40-48). Your efforts are necessary to efficiently carry out the following responsibilities at your parish. Before you begin your efforts to promote and bring awareness on the Archbishop s Appeal, please consider making your gift to the Appeal early in the campaign. Your support is essential in your efforts to invite others in your parish to support the work of the Appeal. Responsibilities of the Parish Appeal Coordinator Read this manual in its entirety to become familiar with the Appeal. Inform your Parish Office to expect a FedEx delivery around 12/16/2016 with the 2017 Appeal materials. Confirm the arrival of these materials with the Appeal Office via at or call at Recruit a sufficient number of dependable assistants to help you implement and promote the Appeal at your parish. Display posters in high traffic and visible areas no later than January 6, Assist the Pastor during Appeal Announcement Weekend on January 21-22, In-Pew weekend on February 18-19, Appeal Follow-up Weekend on February 25-26, and coordinate a monthly Appeal update at least once a month. (See page 20) Invite your parishioners to help meet your Appeal parish goal and aim for 100% parish participation. Ensure that the Appeal Mass, bulletin announcements, and prayer intentions are made at all Masses. (See page 21) Ensure that the Appeal bulletin inserts are incorporated and or distributed with the help of your parish ushers. Remind the pastor to inform the parish community that the Appeal bulletin inserts should be taken home for their review. Ensure that the Appeal in-pew pledge envelopes are available in the vestibule for parishioners throughout the year. Ensure the parish prays for the success of the Appeal at least once a month. Do this by using the Appeal prayer followed by a monthly progress report of funds raised toward your Appeal goal. We recommend that you use this time to encourage those who have not had an opportunity to participate in this year s Appeal. Invite their prayers and a gift in any amount that they are able. Ensure that the Appeal in-pew pledge envelopes are not kept by the parish office for more than one week. Envelopes should be sent to the Appeal at P.O. Box 34150, San Antonio, Texas Review the Parish Appeal Checklist on page 15 to ensure that all items of request have been completed. Contact the Appeal Office for questions or to request an Appeal pulpit talk to take place at your parish. Please know that we are limited in the number of ministries and personnel to provide a pulpit talk. You may invite a parishioner who has benefited from the Appeal (Catechist, Deacon, Pastor in the seminary, communion or loved one visited in hospital, etc.) to provide an Appeal pulpit talk. We recommend that they use the pulpit script on page 22 to help guide their talk. If you do not know anyone who may have benefited from the Appeal, you are to use page 22 and incorporate an Appeal impact statement from pages A pulpit talk should be given at all Masses on Announcement Weekend. 14

15 Parish Appeal Checklist Please review and confirm that all items below have been fully completed before signing. Submit this form to the Office of Archbishop s Appeal no later than August 14, A representative from my parish has attended an Appeal Training. Page 13 A Pastor s Role was reviewed by the pastor and a copy has been provided to him for his use. The Parish Appeal Coordinator and Pastor contact information has been provided to the Office of Archbishop s Appeal. My Parish Office has been informed to expect a FedEx delivery around 12/16/2016 with the 2017 Appeal supplies. These supplies have been accounted for and placed in a visible area to use starting January My parish has provided the Appeal Office with the most recent updated parishioner mailing list. This list includes only the names of new parishioners, newly married, deceased, and change of addresses. (See page 35) The Appeal Coordinator and or Pastor took a lead role during the Appeal Announcement Weekend, In-Pew Weekend, and Follow-Up Weekend. (See the Appeal Timeline on page 19) My parish community has been informed that each parish in the Archdiocese is working towards their Appeal parish goal and that it is essential that we work together to meet or exceed our 2017 Appeal parish goal. My parish has used the Appeal promotional materials: Appeal videos, prayer, Appeal bulletin insert, and Appeal envelopes. My parish community has been informed that their support is needed to reach 100% parish participation to the Appeal. My parish community has been informed that gifts to the Appeal can be made from January 1 through December 31, My parish community has been encouraged to respond to the Archbishop s letter sent via postal mail. My parish has seen the 2017 Appeal video and/or a motivational homily was implemented during the In-Pew Weekend. My parish has received gratitude expressed on behalf of Archbishop Gustavo for their support to the 2017 Appeal. The Appeal pledge envelopes and pencils were distributed during In-Pew weekend of February The Appeal announcements were used according to the Appeal Timeline on page 19 and Announcements on page By signing and submitting this form, you acknowledge that the criteria set forth by Archbishop Gustavo has been completed. Parish Name: Parish Address: Print Name of Appeal Coordinator Signature of Appeal Coordinator Date Print Name of Pastor Signature of Pastor Date Please submit this form via postal mail or . Mail to: Office of Archbishop s Appeal at 2718 W. Woodlawn Avenue, San Antonio, TX OR via to:

16 Appeal donors provide shelter to mothers and their babies! 16

17 Section II Important Dates and Events

18 Appeal donors provide clothing to people in need! 18

19 Appeal Timeline October December 2016 The Office of Archbishop s Appeal hosts trainings for those who conduct the Appeal at their parish. The training is provided annually for pastors, Appeal Coordinators, and or at least one parish representative. This Appeal Training presents new information regarding the upcoming Appeal, reviews the Appeal process, and, if available, allows the Appeal Office to distribute the Appeal video. At least one parish representative is required to attend an Appeal Training. December 16, 2016 The Appeal parish materials are sent via FedEx to parishes. The Appeal materials include Appeal posters, in-pew pledge envelopes, and supplies that the Appeal Office may need you to distribute to your parish. Please inform your parish office to prepare for the arrival of this package around 12/16/2016. Please ensure that materials are not stored in a closet or in an area where they may be forgotten or placed in the trash. We ask that you place these resources in a visible area for parish use starting the first week of January January 6, 2017 The Appeal posters are to be displayed no later than January 6, These should be placed in high traffic visible areas for parishioners to view until December 31, January 21-22, 2017 Announcement Weekend On Appeal Announcement Weekend, January 21-22, read the script provided to you on page 23 of the manual. Also, plan accordingly to ensure the Appeal bulletin insert, bulletin announcements and prayer intentions are used according to page 20. February 18-19, In-Pew Weekend On Appeal In-Pew Weekend, February 18-19, refer to page 24 and 25 for step-by-step instructions for implementing Appeal. Also, plan accordingly to ensure bulletin announcements and prayer intentions are used according to page 20. February 25-26, Follow-up Weekend On Appeal Follow-up Weekend, February 25-26, read the script on page 26. Also, plan accordingly to ensure bulletin announcements and prayer intentions are used according to page 20. March December 2017 The Archbishop s Appeal requests that for you pray for the Appeal, at least once a month. Provide a parish update in regards to the parish funds raised toward your parish goal. Encourage your parish to strive for 100% participation from all households in the parish community. Please do this at all Masses at least once a month. April & July 2017 During the months of April and July read the special announcements for the follow-up mailings on page 21. September 9-10, 2017 Parishes who have not met their Appeal goal in pledges by August 31, 2017 are asked to conduct a second Appeal weekend on September 9th and 10th. (See page 27) October 28-29, 2017 Parishes show the Appeal Thank You video at all Masses on October If your parish is unable to show the video for any reason, please read the script on page

20 Bulletin Announcements & Prayer Intentions Use the following announcements and prayer intentions on the dates listed below. We ask that you plan accordingly to have the following messages inserted in the parish bulletin, Mass intentions, and mentioned during Mass announcements. Appeal Announcement Weekend on January Mass Appeal Announcement can be found on page Bulletin Announcement for the Appeal Announcement Weekend Insert the following message in your parish bulletin The 2017 Archbishop s Appeal Campaign has begun. The theme for this year is Disciples, Sent by the Spirit. The Archdiocese Archbishop s Appeal goal is $4,500,000. Our parish Appeal goal is $. This week you will receive a letter from Archbishop Gustavo requesting your participation in the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal. Please respond to his request by praying how you and your family can provide a gift to this year s Appeal. Your gift to the Appeal will provide housing and basic necessities for the homeless, education and spiritual formation for seminarians and deacons, and evangelization and education initiatives for youth, young adults, and families in our archdiocese. Your generous gift to the Appeal can be made by filling out the pledge card send to your home or at your parish. Once completed, place your Appeal pledge card in the offertory during Mass. Gifts can also be made online at or over the phone with the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity. 3. Mass Prayer Intention for the Appeal Announcement Weekend on January That in sharing your gifts through the Archbishop s Appeal, we recognize that we are Disciples, Sent by the Spirit to serve the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us pray to the Lord. Appeal In-Pew Weekend on February Mass Appeal Announcement for In-Pew Weekend can be found on page Bulletin Announcement for the In-Pew Weekend Insert the following message in your parish bulletin On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Father, we invite you and your family to serve our brothers and sisters through the Archbishop's Appeal. Your prayers and monetary gift to the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal are essential in serving homeless children and mothers, bringing spiritual support to the hospitalized, forming young men for the priesthood and deaconate vocation, and preparing our families in the sacraments. If you have already responded to the Archbishop s letter sent to your home, thank you! If you have not had an opportunity, we invite you to pray and consider how you and your family can make a gift to this year s Appeal. Pledge cards, envelopes, and pencils are available in the pews (and or in the vestibule) of the Church. Once completed, place your Appeal pledge card in the offertory during Mass. Gifts can also be made online at or over the phone with the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity. 3. Mass Prayer Intention for the Appeal In-Pew Weekend on February That as Disciples, Sent by the Spirit we accept the call to serve others in need through the Archbishop s Appeal. Let us pray to the Lord. Appeal Follow-up weekend on February Mass Announcement for the Follow-up Weekend can be found on page 26 of this manual 2. Bulletin Announcement for the Follow-up Weekend Insert the following message in your parish bulletin On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Father, we humbly invite you to participate in the 2017 Appeal to make a difference in lives of your brothers and sisters throughout the archdiocese. Your gift to the Appeal will provide support for the formation of priest, deacons, catechist as well as provide food and clothing to those in need. If you have already responded to the Archbishop s letter sent to your home, thank you! If you have not had an opportunity, we invite you to pray and consider how you and your family can make a gift to this year s Appeal. Pledge cards, envelopes, and pencils are available in the pews (and or in the vestibule) of the Church. Once completed, place your Appeal pledge card in the offertory during Mass. Gifts can also be made online at or over the phone with the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity. 3. Mass Prayer Intention for the Appeal Follow-up Weekend on February That we may accept our call as Disciples, Sent by the Spirit to serve others through our gift donation to the Archbishop s Appeal. Let us pray to the Lord. 20

21 Appeal Follow-ups Announcements As Pastor and Appeal Coordinator, you have accepted the responsibility to keep your parish community informed on the status of funds raised towards your parish Appeal goal. We ask that you pray for the Appeal, provide a monthly report on the Appeal parish goal, and continue to strive to have 100% parish participation. In January, the Archbishop sends a letter to your parishioners inviting them to support his efforts through the Appeal. If individuals have not yet responded to his first ask to support the Appeal they may receive a follow-up letter in both April and or July. We ask that you continue to provide your parish with a monthly update and provide announcements to your parish community. The following are the announcements for the follow-up mailings sent in April and July. These may be read from the pulpit by either the pastor and or Appeal Coordinator. Announcement in support of the April Follow-up Mailing The following announcement should be made the weekend of April and inserted in the parish bulletin. The Archbishop will send a follow-up letter this month to those who have not yet had an opportunity to respond to this year s Appeal. We invite you to pray upon the importance of your charitable involvement and prayerfully consider making a gift in any amount that you are able. Our parish is hopeful in reaching 100% parish participation to the Appeal. To learn more about the impact of your support to the appeal visit their website at archbishops-appeal or call their office at Announcement in support of the July Follow-up and Final Mailing The following announcement should be made the weekend of July and inserted in the parish bulletin. The Archbishop will send a final follow-up letter this month to those who have not yet had an opportunity to respond to the 2017 Appeal. We invite you to pray upon the importance of your charitable involvement and prayerfully consider making a gift in any amount that you are able. Our parish is hopeful in reaching 100% parish participation to the Appeal. To learn more about the impact of your support to the appeal visit their website at archbishops-appeal or call their office Second Appeal Weekend for Parishes Under Goal The following message and coupon must be inserted in parish bulletin for the weekend of September Please plan accordingly to ensure the following is inserted in your parish bulletin. A copy of the Appeal coupon and the message can be found on the Appeal Resource CD Archbishop s Appeal Disciples, Sent by the Spirit As we draw closer to the end of the year, we reach out to you again to request your full support to the 2017 Appeal. At this time, our parish is below our 2017 Appeal goal. We have raised $ and would like to reach our parish goal of $ by December 31, I ask for your full support to help our parish to meet and or exceed our Appeal parish goal for this year. Your gift to the Appeal will support social services programs to serve the homeless and those in need, provide formation for men to serve in the priesthood and or as a deacon of a parish community, shelter for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, and to provide evangelization initiatives for youth, young adults, and families. Your gift donation to the Appeal is essential to serving the spiritual and physical needs of Christ's people in our community. You can make your gift by filling out the Appeal pledge coupon below, give online at or call the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity!

22 Appeal Pulpit Talk Script Good Morning/Good Afternoon: My name is, and I am here to bear witness to the importance of donating to the Archbishop s Appeal. The Archbishop s Appeal is the Annual Catholic Fundraising Campaign in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Appeal is made possible by your gifts and of those across more than 173 parishes and missions in our archdiocese. The Appeal supports the essential work of our Archdiocesan ministries that provide for the spiritual, educational, and material needs of thousands of individuals and families in the 19 counties that make up the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Appeal supports the formation of catechist, seminarians and deacons in our Catholic faith. This enables them to prepare Christ s people to receive the sacraments of our faith. The Appeal also feeds and clothes the poor, shelters homeless children and women, brings the Eucharist to the hospitalized, and evangelizes the incarcerated and the most vulnerable in our community. (The following paragraph is OPTIONAL. You may use one impact story on starting on page or invite someone from your parish that has benefited from the Appeal speak.) Today, I would like to share about the (Name of an Appeal Funded Ministry) made possible with the support given to the Archbishop s Appeal. (The Archbishop s Appeal enables.). On behalf of the Archdiocese of San Antonio Archbishop s Appeal, please bow your heads as I pray the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal prayer. (The Appeal prayer can be read by the person making this announcement or by the pastor.) 2017 Appeal Prayer - Disciples, Sent by the Spirit Merciful God, You call us to be your disciples to proclaim the Good News to all we meet. You sent us your Holy Spirit to guide us as we carry out your sacred work. Help us to respond to your people in need through the Archbishop s Appeal, Use our ready hearts and our willing hands to show them the face of your Son Jesus. Unite us as one in mind and heart as we work together to build your kingdom. Bless us as shepherds of your good will and fill us with your Spirit s gifts. Help us to remember that, like Peter and Andrew, James, John, Mary Magdalen, and like the mother of your Son Jesus, we too are called to be your Disciples, Sent by the Spirit! Amen. 22

23 JANUARY 21 & 22 Appeal Announcement Weekend The following information will assist you to conduct the Appeal Announcement Weekend on January This information should be communicated to your parish by the parish pastor and or Appeal Coordinator. We ask that you read the script below from the pulpit to announce the 2017 Archbishop's Appeal. The script may be read during Mass announcements. Good Morning/Good Afternoon: The 2017 Archbishop s Appeal campaign has begun. I would like to start by reading a letter to you from the Most Reverend Archbishop Gustavo. (read Archbishop s letter on page 33) As stated in Archbishop s letter the theme for this Appeal year is Disciples, Sent by the Spirit. The Archdiocese Archbishop s Appeal goal is again $4,500,000. Our parish Appeal goal is $. This week you will receive at your home a letter from Archbishop requesting your participation in this year s Appeal. Please respond to his request by praying how you and your family can provide a gift to the Appeal. (Pause for two seconds) Your gift to the Appeal will be used exclusively to support the ministries and programs that serve the homeless, provide education and spiritual formation for seminarians and deacons, and provide evangelization and education initiatives for youth, young adults, and families in the Archdiocese. Your generous gift to the Appeal is essential in serving Christ's people in our archdiocesan community. (Pause for two seconds) (OPTIONAL) Next, read an Appeal impact statement of your choice on pages This will help parishioners gain a deeper understanding of how their gift to the Appeal makes a difference. (Read an Impact Statement of your choice here..) On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Father (or myself as pastor), we request that you review the Appeal information provided to you within our parish bulletin. (Pause for two seconds) The next paragraph has two options should be selected based on if your parish met the 2016 Appeal goal. OPTION 1: PARISHES WHO MET 2016 APPEAL GOAL Thank you for your commitment to the Appeal. Last year, you helped our parish meet the 2016 Appeal goal. We encourage you to help us do the same for the 2017 Appeal. Please help us strive for 100% parish participation for this year s Appeal by making a gift at any amount. OPTION 2 PARISHES WHO DIDN T MEET 2016 APPEAL GOAL Thank you for your commitment to the Appeal. We are grateful for your support to the 2016 Appeal, although we did not meet the Appeal goal last year, we would like to meet the goal for 2017 Appeal. Please help us strive for 100% parish participation for this year s Appeal by making a gift at any amount. Thank you for your continued support to the Archbishop s Appeal and for your willingness to be a good steward of your resources by sharing with others through the Archbishop s Appeal. (Pause for two seconds) Now please bow your heads so that I may pray the 2017 Appeal prayer. (Prayer is on page 9)

24 FEBRUARY 18 & 19 Appeal In-Pew Weekend The following information will help you conduct the Appeal In-Pew Weekend on February This information should be communicated to your parish community by the parish pastor or Appeal Coordinator. The Appeal In-Pew Weekend is crucial towards the beginning of the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal. By this time, most families should have already received a letter from the Archbishop requesting their participation in this year s Appeal. Unfortunately, at times, the letter has been misplace, was not opened, sent to an outdated address, and or discarded. In other cases, some parishioners may not be in the Appeal database since their information was not provided to our office. This will result in them not receiving a letter from the Archbishop. The Appeal In- Pew Weekend on February is an opportunity for you to invite parishioners to learn about the Appeal and participate. To implement the Appeal on In-Pew Weekend follow the steps outlined below. Appeal In-Pew Weekend on February From the pulpit read page 25 of the Appeal parish manual 2. Show Appeal video or the pastor should provide a motivational homily. If your parish is unable to show the Appeal video for any reason. The pastor should be prepared to provide a motivational homily on the Appeal, our mission as a church, and respond as disciples of Christ to serve others in need. 3. After viewing the Appeal video or listening to the pastor s homily, provide step by step instructions to help congregation fill out the Appeal pledge envelope and thank parishioners for their support. A complete script for this step can be found on page Close by praying the Appeal prayer to the congregation. The prayer can be found on page 9. 24

25 FEBRUARY 18 & 19 Appeal In-Pew Weekend The following information will assist you to conduct the Appeal In-Pew Weekend on February This information should be communicated to your parish community by the parish pastor or Appeal Coordinator. The following is the Appeal In-pew Weekend script. Let me take a few minutes to share how the Archbishop s Appeal supports the people throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio. When an engaged couple receives education and counseling in preparation for marriage, your gifts to the Appeal are at work. When a catechist receives training to teach religious education or a needy family cannot afford to send their child to Catholic School, your gifts to the Appeal are at work. When a baby s life is saved from abortion or a homeless child receives a warm bed and a meal, your gifts to the Appeal are at work. Each day, throughout the Archdiocese, the many gifts given to the Appeal are at work. Catholic Social Services serve those in need of food, clothing and basic necessities, Hospital Chaplains and priests visit and bring the Eucharist to the hospitalized, the Catholic Mass is broadcast to thousands of people who are homebound, hospitalized, or incarcerated, seminarians and deacons go through formation to spiritually serve our communities, and youth, young adults, and families are given an opportunity to encounter Christ through evangelization initiatives. This work is made possible by people like you. (Pause for two seconds) It is your donations that make possible the continuation of these Catholic ministries and services. If you have already made a pledge to the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal, thank you for answering the call to serve others through the Archbishop s Appeal. (Pause for two seconds) If you have not yet made a gift, I would like to remind you that the theme for this year is Disciples, Sent by the Spirit, which focuses on our call to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Serving Christ people and bringing them into an encounter with Him and his church. (Pause for two seconds) Being an intentional disciple is putting our faith into action by sharing the gifts God has given to us with others. Being Catholic is much more than being a member of a parish and going to mass on weekends. It is about living our faith and following Jesus, living the Gospel message in word and deed. Again, I invite you to please pray on how you and your family can support the Appeal by making a gift donation. If you have never pledged to the Appeal before, a pledge of $1 for each day of the year, $365, or $1 for each week of the year, $52, would go a long way toward helping us to serve the people throughout our archdiocese. However, any gift you can give will be truly appreciated. (Pause) There are pledge envelopes and pencils available at the end of each pew. Please use the envelopes provided to make your donation today or fill out the pledge card that you received in the mail. No amount is too small. Please take a moment to consider this question. Could you sacrifice the price of a soft drink a day or one cup of coffee per week to further the work of the Church and serve those in need? Those dollars could go to serve Christ s people in our archdiocese. Now we will view the 2017 Appeal video and message from Archbishop Gustavo. Show 2017 Appeal video. If unable to show video pastor should be prepared to provide homily/message on Appeal. Next, provide the congregation with step-by-step instructions to complete their Appeal envelope. Step-by-Step instructions can be found on page 36 of the manual. Again, thank you for your support to the Appeal, please bow your head as we pray the 2017 Appeal prayer. Appeal prayer can be found on page

26 FEBRUARY 25 & 26 Appeal In-Pew Follow-up Weekend The following information will assist you to conduct the Appeal Follow-up Weekend on February This information should be communicated to your parish community by the parish pastor or Appeal Coordinator. It is important to conduct an Appeal Follow-up Weekend in case some parishioners were not able to attend Mass on the Appeal In-Pew Weekend. The Appeal Follow-up process is essential to reach 100% parishioner participation in the Appeal and to meet your parish Appeal goal. The following script should be read from the pulpit to your parish community. Good Morning/Good Afternoon: On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and father (or myself as pastor), I humbly remind you to participate in the 2017 Archbishop's Appeal. The Appeal theme for this year is Disciples, Sent by the Spirit with an overall archdiocese goal of $4,500,000. Our parish Appeal goal is $. If you have already provided your gift to this year s Appeal, please accept the most sincere gratitude on behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and father (and or myself as pastor). (Pause for two seconds) If you have not yet had an opportunity to make a gift to this year s Appeal, I ask for your support to help our parish meet our Appeal parish goal. Your gift to the Appeal will be used exclusively to support ministries and programs to serve the homeless, provide education and spiritual formation for seminarians and deacons, and provide evangelization and education initiatives for youth, young adults, and families in the Archdiocese. Your generous gift to the Appeal is essential to serve the spiritual, educational, and physical needs of Christ's people in our community. (Pause for two seconds) Gifts can be made by filling out an Appeal gift form sent to your home, here at the parish, online at or by calling the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity! Please bow your heads as I pray the 2017 Appeal prayer. (Appeal prayer can be found on page 9 of the Appeal manual. The prayer may be read by either the Pastor or Appeal Coordinator) 26

27 SEPTEMBER 9 & 10 Appeal Second Weekend for Parishes Under Goal If your parish has not yet met the Appeal parish goal, please conduct a Second Appeal weekend. The following information will assist you to conduct a second weekend dedicated to the Appeal on September This information should be communicated to your parish community by the parish pastor or Appeal Coordinator. It is important to conduct a second Appeal weekend in case some parishioners were not able to attend Mass on the Appeal In-Pew Weekend in February. The Appeal weekend in September is essential to reach 100% parishioner participation in the Appeal and to meet your parish Appeal goal. The Appeal Second Weekend in September is an opportunity for Pastors and Appeal Coordinators to continue promoting the work of the Archbishop s Appeal. Parishes are asked to invite parishioner to participate in the Appeal. Parishes may complete any of the following on the Appeal Second Weekend: show the Appeal video again, as you did in February, pastor can provide a homily on the work we are called to do in service to those in need, aligned with the Appeal theme Disciples, Sent by the Spirit or read the script below. The script can be read from the pulpit by the pastor, Appeal Coordinator or parish volunteer. Good Morning/Good Afternoon: First, let me start by expressing my most sincere gratitude on behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Father (or myself as your pastor) for your prayerful support and generous commitment to the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal. You are greatly appreciated! (Pause for a second) As we draw closer to the end of the year, I reach out to you again to request your full support to the 2017 Appeal. At this time, our parish is below our 2017 Appeal goal. We have raised $ and would like to reach our parish goal of $ by December 31, I ask for your full support to help our parish to meet and or exceed our Appeal parish goal for this year. (Pause for a second) Your gift to the Appeal will support social services programs to serve the homeless and those in need, provide formation for men to serve in the priesthood and or as a deacon of a parish community, shelter for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, and to provide evangelization initiatives for youth, young adults, and families. Your gift donation to the Appeal is essential to serving the spiritual and physical needs of Christ's people in our community. You can make your gift by filling out the Appeal pledge coupon in the parish bulletin, give online at or call the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity! Now, let us close by praying the Appeal prayer. Please bow your heads. (Appeal prayer can be found on page 8 of the manual and can be read by either the Pastor or Appeal Coordinator)

28 October Appeal Thank You Script The following script will assist you to make a final ask for the 2017 Appeal. This information should be communicated to your parish community from the pulpit by the parish pastor or Appeal Coordinator. It is important to express gratitude to your parish for their support toward the Appeal and to inform donors/parishioners that they are greatly appreciated. In addition, this will inform those who have not participated in the 2017 Appeal that there is still time to make a gift. Please read the script below from the pulpit and or show the Appeal short thank you video that can be found on the 2017 Appeal DVD. Good Morning/Good Afternoon: On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo, the Appeal ministries, and Father (or myself as pastor), I would like to express the most sincere appreciation to you for your support to help meet the needs of Christ s people in the archdiocese. Your faithful commitment to the Appeal is your response to God as His disciple to serve others in need. (Pause for a second) When you make a gift to the Appeal you make a difference. You bring the love of Christ and a beacon of hope to His people across the 19 counties that encompass the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Together, we help advance the work of our Catholic faith, bringing about the New Evangelization in our community. (Pause for a second) Rest assured that, although you may never know who in this life your contribution has served, your sacrificial gift will bring hope and healing to so many who need to believe in a good and loving God. I pray that your commitment to good stewardship through the Appeal will continue to manifest itself in a spirit of community, holiness, generosity, and love. May God continue to pour his abundant blessings and grace upon you and this parish community. (Pause for two second) As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the grace and blessings God has bestowed upon us. As good Christian stewards, we are also called to share these gifts with others. If you have not had an opportunity to participate in this year s Appeal, I pray that you reflect on how you and your family can make a gift. Your donation will directly aid the many archdiocesan ministries that assist individuals and families that live in our community through spiritual, physical, and material resources. Donations to the Appeal can be made until December 31, You can send your gift to the Appeal at PO BOX 34150, San Antonio, TX , give online at and or call the Appeal Office at Thank you for your generosity. You will remain in the prayers of the Archbishop. Please continue to pray for the success of the Appeal. (Pause for a second) Now, please bow your heads as I pray the Appeal prayer. (Appeal prayer can be found on page 9 of the manual and can be read by either the Pastor or Appeal Coordinator) 28

29 Appeal Direct Mail Program The Appeal Direct Mail Program is conducted by the Office of Archbishop s Appeal on behalf of the Archbishop. The direct mail solicitation takes place four times a year; twice in January, once in April, and once in July. The Appeal Direct Mail Program works to help the Archbishop communicate with fellow Catholics throughout our archdiocese. The letter communications sent through this program are a direct invite from His Excellency for parishioners to participate in the Appeal. The letters communications sent include a personal ask to participate in the Appeal, donor thank you letters, and an annual Appeal report. While the Archbishop would like to reach all the parish members throughout the Archdiocese, he is only able to contact those listed in the Appeal database. The Appeal database is updated annually with the assistance of parishes. We ask that parishes send their most recent updates with new parishioners, newly married, recent address changes, and those newly deceased. This information will allow the Archbishop to communicate with all Catholics in the Archdiocese. In 2015, 77% of all contributions came from direct mail, 17% of contributions came from In-Pew solicitations, and the remaining 6% came from online, Bill Pay, and other donations. The following is information regarding the annual four mail outs sent for the Appeal. Appeal Mailings in January 2017 (Two mailings sent in two segments) The January letters are sent in two segments. They are a personal invite to parishioners to support the more than 40 Appeal ministries that provide social service programs, evangelization initiatives, and formation to Christ s people in the Archdiocese. Appeal Follow-up Mailing April 2017 The April letter is a second invite to participate in the Appeal. This letter is sent to those who have not yet had an opportunity to respond this year s Appeal. This mailing allows donors to make an eight month pledge to the Archbishop s Appeal or a one-time gift. Appeal Follow-up Mailing July 2017 The July letter is the final letter from the Archbishop. This letter is sent to those who have not yet had an opportunity to respond this year s Appeal. This mailing allows donors to make a five month pledge to the Archbishop s Appeal or a one-time gift

30 Appeal donors provide textbooks for parish religious education programs in need! 30

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33 Letter from Archbishop Gustavo to Parishioners ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIO OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP Post Office Box San Antonio, Texas Facsimile My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am truly grateful to our archdiocesan community. Your faithful love for Christ and His Church are reflected in the support that you give to serve others through your charitable works of mercy. Together, we serve God s people in word and deed through the Ministry of the Archbishop s Appeal. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said, We are all Missionary Disciples with the power of the Spirit. This has been shared with us and passed on for many generations since the first Pentecost. We are a family of faith that is sealed with the Holy Spirit and sent forth by Christ to proclaim His love and mercy with all whom we encounter; especially those most in need spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This year, the Appeal Steering Committee selected as the theme for the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal, Disciples, Sent by the Spirit. In considering the work that we have embarked on these last few years, we recognize and continue to stay aligned with the whole Church throughout the world, bringing about the New Evangelization and shepherding Christ s people. We are a family of faith that is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel message of Christ s love to His people. This is why it is essential that we continue to support and invite others to participate in the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal. The Appeal is how we in the archdiocese work to make our local Church the place He envisioned it. For the 2017 Appeal, I confirm the Steering Committee s recommendation to keep the Appeal goal at $4.5 million. We will continue to support Catholic Social Services, Pastoral Ministry Programs, Evangelization and Outreach Initiatives, Catholic Education, and Religious Vocations. As Disciples, Sent by the Spirit, I pray that you continue to share the mission of the Appeal so that together we can continue to advance God s love through charity. The agencies and initiatives supported by you provide the means to respond to the spiritual, educational, and physical needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I humbly ask for your support to the 2017 Archbishop s Appeal. I am certain that our efforts will flourish, as you participate in a loving spirit of generosity in this year s Appeal. Thank you for all that you do to serve Christ s people and His Church. With the assurance of my prayers, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS Archbishop of San Antonio

34 Appeal Donors provide tuition assistance to student families in need! 34

35 A Well Informed Parish Parish Reports Pastors and designated staff with access to Connect Now have the ability to check the status of the funds raised towards your Appeal parish goal. This access enables parishes to view the list of your parishioners who have made a gift or an Appeal pledge. If your parish does not have access to Connect Now, please contact the Appeal Office at Parish Rosters and Appeal Contacts in Database The Office of Archbishop s Appeal works to support the Mission of the Church through gifts to the Appeal. It is essential that we maintain a clean Appeal database to generate accurate reports, reduce the cost of returned mail, and avoid the expense of data entry temps. To maintain the Appeal database, we rely on parishes to provide updates made to their parish roster. This information helps the Appeal Office to reduce the accumulation of unnecessary cost due to returned or duplicated mail. Parishes may review their Parish Roster online through their parish Connect Now. Parishes are asked to send the Appeal Office any changes as they occur throughout the year. Parish roster updates should include those who are inactive members, married, deceased, new parishioners, and or address changes. Appeal Direct Mail Outs For Direct Mail, your parishioners will receive a letter with an Appeal pledge envelope from the Archbishop. It is recommended that parishioners who receive a letter in the mail respond to the Appeal using this pledge envelope. Responding to the Appeal in this way will expedite the payment process at the bank and ensure that we do not accumulate unnecessary cost due to data entry temps. In-Pews Payments During In-Pew Weekend on February 18-19, your parish will receive envelopes from those who responded to your request to participate in the Appeal. Those envelopes do not have to be opened unless you determine there is cash enclosed. (See below) Please send all envelopes with pledges addressed to: Archbishop s Appeal, PO Box San Antonio, Texas Cash Donations Please do not send cash contributions by mail as this can result in theft and loss of funds. We recommend that you hand deliver the envelopes to the Appeal Office or issue a parish check along with a calculator tape confirming the amount received. You will also need to include the donor s envelope with their name and address. This will allow our office to give proper credit to the donor for their contribution. This will be done in the form of a tax letter at the end of the year. In addition, do not hold parishioner contributions for more than a week. This will delay the process of payment and will affect the timing of transactions made to donor bank accounts. Donor Correspondence Donors will receive the following correspondences from the Appeal Office. Thank you acknowledgements for all donations Pledge Reminders Gift Tax Statements

36 Making a Gift to the Appeal Gifts to the Appeal can be made at any time! One Time Gifts: A one-time gift can be made to the Appeal at any time during the year. This can be made in the form of cash, check, money order, credit card or electronic funds transfer from the bank. You are asked to encourage parishioners to use the Appeal donation envelope that they received in the mail from the Archbishop. If they did not receive one, invite them to use the Appeal pledge envelop at your parish. Pledge Commitments: The Appeal campaign runs from January 1 to December 31, which allows donors to make a monthly pledge commitment. This can be set up by credit card, electronic funds transfer, and or online. You are asked to encourage parishioners to use the Appeal donation envelope that they received in the mail from the Archbishop. If they did not receive one, invite them to use the Appeal pledge envelop at your parish. Online Gifts: The online giving system puts donors in charge of their personal online contributions. Online giving is fast, easy, and allows donors to receive automated confirmations and notifications. Invite your parishioners to give online if they feel comfortable. Online gifts can be made at Step-by-Step instructions to filling out the Appeal pledge envelope card Pastors or Appeal Coordinators should allow parishioners time to complete their Appeal pledge. This should be done after the Appeal video or pastor homily on the Appeal In-Pew Weekend. We ask that you invite parishioners to complete and submit their Appeal envelope before leaving Mass on February Then, inform your parish congregation to insert their completed pledge envelope in the parish offertory basket so that the pastor may pray for their gifts. Parishes are asked to gather the Appeal envelopes and send them directly to the Appeal at PO Box San Antonio, The following script can be read after the Appeal video or pastor homily on Appeal In-Pew Weekend, February First, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude on behalf of Archbishop Gustavo for your prayers and generous support to the Archbishop's Appeal. If you have not had an opportunity to respond to the Appeal today is your opportunity. In the pews you will find an Appeal pledge envelope and pencil. To make a gift complete your Appeal pledge envelope before you leave Mass today. Once complete, place it in the offertory basket so that we may pray for our gifts to be fruitful in service to others. Please write neatly so your gift can be processed correctly. Notice on the inside flap of the Appeal envelope a gift plan and a list of some initiatives and ministries that your gift will support. You can make a gift pledge with monthly payments if necessary. The Appeal Office will send you monthly pledge reminders. If you choose this option. Complete the gift box on the bottom left side of the envelope and select your form of payment. If you would like your gift to be received by an automatic withdrawal from your bank, you must insert a voided check. If you would like to make a one-time gift, write your gift amount and fill out the fourth box on the left side of your envelope. Then, select your payment option. Your gift can be made in the form of a check, money order, cash, and or use your credit card. Also, be sure to complete your contact information so that the Archbishop can send you a thank you letter and the Office of Archbishop's Appeal can send you a tax statement at the end of the year. Lastly, be sure to sign and date your Appeal gift envelope. When you have completed your gift place it in the offertory basket so that we can pray over them as a parish community. Again, thank you for helping our parish to meet our Appeal parish goal and for your support to Christ s people throughout Archdiocese of San Antonio. Now, please bow your heads as I pray the Appeal prayer. (The Appeal prayer is on page 9.) 36

37 Section 4 Appeal Funded Ministries

38 Appeal donors support the formation our San Antonio Seminarians! 38

39 2017 APPEAL PIE CHART AND ALLOCATION OF FUNDS RAISED Catholic Social Services $1,055,000 Priestly and Diaconate Ministries $1,286,000 Pastoral Ministries $1,367,140 Catholic Communication $366,860 Catholic Education $425, APPEAL GOAL $4,500,

40 Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministries The Department for Pastoral Ministries supports the archdiocese by providing the educational, spiritual, and formational opportunities to promote the Gospel values in the local church. Gifts to the Archbishop s Appeal will support these Pastoral ministries. Secretariat for Liturgy and Christian Prayer Secretariat for Evangelization, Catechesis & Formation Secretariat for Christian Community Secretariat for Mission Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office for Events & Gatherings Criminal Justice Ministry Hospital Ministry Campus Ministry for Young Adults Lay Leadership Formation Secretariat for Liturgy and Christian Prayer Chrism Mass Emcee Training Lay Ecclesial Ministry Leader Meetings Pentecost Vigil Mass Rite of Election Special Liturgies Training (Rite of Election, Dedication Masses, etc.) Ministry Contact: Fr. Heliodoro Lucatero, Pastoral Secretariat Director Phone: (210) Secretariat for Evangelization, Catechesis & Formation Lay Ecclesial Ministry Leader Meetings Catechetical Mid-Winter Gathering RCIA Training Workshops Ministry Contact: Gloria Zapiain, Pastoral Secretariat Director Phone: (210) Secretariat for Christian Community: Laity, Marriage, Family Life, Youth & V Encuentro SA V Encuentro Marriage Anniversary Mass Marriage Renewal Mass World Youth Day - San Antonio Lay Ecclesial Ministry Leader Meetings Ministry Contact: Lucia Luzondo, Pastoral Secretariat Director Phone: (210)

41 Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministries Secretariat for Mission: Life, Justice, Peace, Outreach & Young Adults, Pastoral Ministries Young Adult Ambassadors Faithful Citizenship Training Advocacy Network Roe vs. Wade Commemoration Respect Life Month (Masses and Awareness Activities) Theology on Tap Lay Ecclesial Ministry Leader Meetings Ministry Contact: Jesus Ramirez, Pastoral Secretariat Director Phone: (210) Office for Events & Gatherings, Dept. for Pastoral Ministries Pastoral Ministries Ambassadors (Volunteer Program) Ministry Contact: Karen Vega, Volunteer Coordinator Phone: (210) Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Dept. for Pastoral Ministries Textbooks for parishes in need Ministry Contact: John Miller, Associate Director Phone: (210) Criminal Justice Ministry, Office for Pastoral Care, Pastoral Ministries The Criminal Justice Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Antonio recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to minister to the incarcerated and those formerly incarcerated and their families. This ministry works to provide formation and on-going education to serve those in need. As Catholics, we are called to social ministry and must act with justice, love tenderly, serve one another, and walk humbly with God. The Criminal Justice Ministry works through a partnership Chrysalis Ministry. Through this partnership they are able to offer a wide variety of religious and social services to those who are formerly incarcerated or in a detention or treatment facility. Ministry Contact: Deacon Bob Leibrecht, Director Phone: (210) For more information on these programs, contact Pastoral Ministries Office at (210) ext

42 Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministries Hospital Ministry, Office for Pastoral Care, Pastoral Ministries The Archdiocese Hospital Ministry forms individuals to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to those hospitalized in San Antonio. This ministry exists for the purpose of carrying the presence of Christ to hospital patients and their family members. The ministry volunteers provide regular and emergency pastoral visits to more than thirteen hospitals throughout the San Antonio area. In addition, this ministry works with three priests to provide the Sacrament of the Anointing to sick patients. Ministry Contact: Melie McKnight, Director Phone: (210) Campus Young Adult Ministry, Office for Pastoral Care, Pastoral Ministries The Campus Young Adult Ministry serves college students in universities and colleges throughout the archdiocese. The purpose of the ministry is to connect young adults with Jesus Christ, the local Church, and it s Mission. This is accomplished through faith and spiritual formation, leadership development, fellowship and networking opportunities, and Christian service projects. Ministry Contact: Florencia Silva, Director Phone: (210) Lay Leadership Formation Fund (LMFF), Pastoral Ministries The Archdiocese Lay Ministry Formation Fund supports the formation of parish laity by providing partial scholarships for laity to attend ongoing formation and enhancement workshops. This assistance enables parishes to properly form laity to serve their parish community. Ministry Contact: Jazmin Villamil Phone: (210) Deanery Resource Coordinators, Archdiocese of San Antonio The Archdiocese Deanery Coordinators serve as a liaison between their deanery and the archdiocesan offices. The Deanery Coordinators work with all the pastors in their assigned deanery. They assist pastors to plan realistic parish goals and programs to serve their parish community. Their efforts provide support to parish staff members and lay leaders to offer programs at the deanery level. For example, an annual youth retreat or liturgical trainings for the entire deanery. 42

43 Catholic Social Services The Catholic Social Service Ministries supported by the Appeal serve the poor, homeless children and women, and those who are most in need of God s healing grace. Gifts to the Appeal will support these ministries. Catholic Charities Adult Education & Re-Employment Program Caritas Legal Services Counseling Services & Healthcare Clinic Guadalupe Center After School and Summer Youth Program Parish Support Line Guadalupe Home Financial Wellness and Healthcare Clinic Pregnancy Services Retired & Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (L.O.S.S.) Seton Home St. Peter - St. Joseph Children s Home Catholic Charities Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio provides a comprehensive network of social services aimed at promoting and facilitating self-sufficiency. The programs offer support and opportunities that empower people and communities to grow and thrive. J. Antonio Fernandez, President and CEO (210) Adult Education & Re-Employment Program The Adult Education Program works to find community based solutions to end poverty. This program provides families with the necessary tools to become self-sufficient by offering classes on English as a Second Language and General Educational Development courses. These services are available for individuals who live on the west side of San Antonio. Caritas Legal Services The Caritas Legal Aid Program serves low-income individuals needing representation in civil legal matters. This ministry provides free walk-ins during legal clinics and Ask-A-Lawyer events. These events are held several times throughout the year by Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, and St. Mary s University School of Law. Catholic Counseling Services The Catholic Counseling Service provides individual, family, and couple counseling to persons residing in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. This program provides case management services to clients seeking to access resources of food, rental assistance, legal assistance, and employment. This program helps individuals to move forward from a life in poverty. They also offer assistance to domestic violence groups and Child Protective Service clients. Catholic Counseling and Healthcare Clinic The Catholic Counseling and Healthcare Clinic provides medical and dental services to individuals in need. These services are available to religious sisters and brothers without healthcare. A part-time medical doctor and full-time registered nurse is available to patients on a weekly basis

44 Catholic Social Services Financial Wellness & Care Program The Financial Wellness & Care Program provides bill payer and representative payee services to low-income individuals 55 years and older. This program serves those who are unable to effectively manage their own financial affairs. The program is designed to prevent financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly. The Money Management Program promotes independent living for individuals on a fixed income and who have no one to assist them with their finances. Guadalupe Community Center - After School & Summer Youth Program The After School and Summer Youth Program provides no-cost services to families in need. The program offers after school and summer care services to families with children in grades K-12. These services allow parents and or guardians to continue working to provide for their families. The After School and Summer Youth Program provides homework/tutoring assistance, arts and crafts, community gardening and nutrition skills, and a safe positive environment. The program is year round through school holidays and summer. Guadalupe Community Center - Clothing Closet The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry provide emergency food and clothing assistance to individuals and families suffering economic hardship. The food and clothing are distributed at no cost and based on the family s size and need. This program supports individuals in need of clothing for a job interview, a warm coat for any one in need, and or food to get through the next week before the next paycheck is received. Guadalupe Home The Guadalupe Home is a transitional living program for homeless expectant mothers and or homeless mothers with infants. The Guadalupe Home provides women with a safe home environment to nurture their baby. The women who come to Guadalupe Home are ready to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Parish Support Line The Parish Support Line is a service and resource to parishes and pastors to help the individuals and families who turn to them in desperation of food, clothing, counseling, and or in others needs of assistance. This program is a direct resource for pastors to serve their people. Pregnancy Services The Pregnancy Service Program is dedicated to saving babies by providing supportive and educational services to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The program offers counseling prenatal education, childbirth preparation classes, labor and birth support, nurse home visits, parenting education, case management, food and utility assistance, community referrals, housing assistance and basic needs support. Domestic Human Trafficking The Domestic Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to individuals who have been victims of domestic human trafficking in Bexar County, a known gateway for trafficking due to its close proximity to the Mexican border. The program provides immediate and long-term services to men, women, and children to remove them from their dangerous situations to secure safety. Rural Outreach The Rural Outreach Program provide services of legal, counseling, parenting and outreach programs to communities in rural areas of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. 44

45 Catholic Social Services Veterans Specific Assistance The Veterans Assistance Program provides emergency financial assistance and case management to veterans transitioning to civilian life. This program provides emergency utility and rental assistance to help veterans and their immediate families obtain self-sufficiency. Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (L.O.S.S.) The Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide is a new initiative that offers support to those who have lost someone to suicide. The program services are provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to serve those that have contemplated, attempted, and survived suicide. San Antonio Birth Doulas The San Antonio Birth Doulas Program serves expectant mothers with prenatal and childbirth education, birthing process, and parent education. The mission of this program is to increase the number of healthy births and decrease the frequency of babies being injured or killed by frustrated or overwhelmed parents. The education classes and parenting classes are free of charge to mothers. Seton Home The Seton Home s Living In Faith Everyday Program promotes acceptance and positive self-development to mothers. This program serves women and their babies to work towards viewing themselves as worthy and unique creations of God. This program works with mothers to attend faith-based activities and a weekly youth group meeting. The mothers are also encouraged to attend religious services. Tiffany Walker, Interim Executive Director (210) St. Peter-St. Joseph Children s Home St. PJ s Children s Home provides neglected and abused children with a safe haven in which they may begin to heal from the trauma of the abuse and/or neglect that has plagued their young lives. With the help of Appeal donors St. PJ s can continue to offer the children counseling, medical attention, spiritual development and a home away from home. St. PJ s goal is to help these children heal from their wounds and grow to be successful productive adults. This year approximately 425 children will call St. PJ s home. Tiffany Walker, Executive Director (210)

46 Catholic Communications The Appeal supports Catholic communication resources to bring the good news to our communities through medium channels. These ministries exist to bring individuals to experience a true encounter with Christ through Catholic communication resources. With the help of Appeal donors, we are able to evangelize and make Disciples of Jesus Christ through the following Catholic communications. Today s Catholic Newspaper Catholic Television of San Antonio National Catholic Communications Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) Catholic Television of San Antonio is an outreach ministry in the spirit of the New Evangelization with programming that inspires, teaches the faith, and touches the heart. It provides Archbishop Gustavo with immediate access to the people of the archdiocese while helping to fulfill his priorities and goals, so that we may live United as Church, Encountering Christ, and Sent by the Spirit. Catholic Television brings the community together during important moments with the Universal Church, daily Mass, and other opportunities for prayer, and reflection. Yesenia Ramirez, Executive Director (210) Today s Catholic Newspaper Established in 1892, Today s Catholic Newspaper is the official publication of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Today s Catholic Newspaper is an evangelization communication resource that serves the community with Catholic perspectives on daily life. As an evangelization tool, Today s Catholic Newspaper presents information regarding Catholic doctrine, teachings, and presents information to the faithful in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Allison Hybner, Editor (210) Ext National Catholic Communication Every diocese and archdiocese in the United States contributes to a program for Catholic communications throughout this country. Your support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helps provide national Catholic radio, television and print communications. (202)

47 Catholic Education and Formation The needs of young people are central to the work of the Church because they are the future generation. It is our privilege and responsibility to preserve our Catholic faith for our children and their children. With the help of Appeal donors, we invest in the formation of our youth to become competent intellectual individuals that are strong in their faith and in Christ s church. Gift donations to the Archbishop s Appeal will support these Catholic education ministries. Hope for the Future Catholic University of America Hope for the Future Hope for the Future assists students in need with tuition assistance to receive a faith filled and rigorously academic education. Gifts from the Appeal donors enable students in need to receive tuition assistance through Hope for Future. This provides them with an opportunity to attend one of the 43 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Amy Hon, Director (210) Ext Catholic University of America Founded by the Pope Leo XIII and sponsored by the bishops of this country, Catholic University of America is an institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Each archdiocese and diocese contributes support to Catholic University of America. Funds go directly to help defray operating costs. John Garvey, President (202)

48 Clergy and Religious Formation As Disciples of Christ, it is our responsibility to support those who discern the call to serve Christ in a religious life and or retired clergy. The Vocation Ministries provide education and formation for individuals to learn and discern religious life. In addition, these resources support the formation of men to serve as a priest and or permanent deacon. Gifts to the Appeal will support these ministries. San Antonio Seminarian Fund, SA Seminarians Priests Pension Plan, Retired Priests Office of the Diaconate, Deacons Office of Vocations, Consecrated Life San Antonio Seminarian Fund, San Antonio Seminarians The San Antonio Seminarian Fund supports the spiritual and educational formation of the San Antonio seminarians. In addition, this fund assists with their living expenses and general care of our San Antonio Seminarians. Fr. Jonathan Felux, Director of Vocations (210) Ext Diaconate Office, Formation of Deacons The Diaconate Office assists men through the discernment process to respond to their call to serve the Church through the vocation of a permanent deacon. The Diaconate Program provides deacon candidates with the resources necessary to fully focus on their spiritual and academic growth to strengthen the larger Church in service to our parish communities. Msgr. Patrick Ragsdale, VU, Director (210) Priest Pension Plan, Retired Priests The Priest Pension Plan is integral to ensuring that our priests who have reached the age of retirement. This plan helps retired priest to live lives of simplicity and dignity. The Priest Pension Plan supports our retired priest by providing the resources to cover their essential costs of housing, utilities, meals and health expenses in the final years of their lives. Rene Wilkes, Director (361) Office of Vocations, Consecrated Life The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of San Antonio works to provide educational opportunities and resources to assist men and women to discern and respond to their call to serve Christ and His Church through a religious life. Fr. Jonathan Felux, Director of Vocations (210) Ext

49 What Appeal donors make possible! The following is made possible with the generous support from Appeal Donors. 402,000 Catholics kept informed through Today s Catholic Newspaper and Catholic Television 2,200 children received tuition-assistance to attend one of the 43 Catholic school in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. 384 Lay ministers received scholarship assistance to attend workshops to prepare for parish ministry. 201 couples strengthened their unions and families at a Marriage and Family workshops. 4,732 adults Encountered Christ at the first annual Assembly (November 2015). 1,150 Catholics (youth, young adults, and families) journeyed through the Jubilee Door of Mercy while attending 2016 World Youth Day San Antonio. 600 plus low-income individuals received legal representation and legal information. 493 individuals in rural areas received counseling, case management, and pregnancy care services. 50,000 plus individuals in poverty received food assistance, clothing, counseling, and education programs. 57 individuals in need received emergency assistance with the help of their Pastor who contacted the Pastor Hotline. 22 homeless mothers and their children received shelter and basic necessitates. 45 low income families learned how to budget their resources to become self-sufficient. 60 low income pregnant women in need received a parent education program, counseling, and baby necessities. 73 homeless children who have been victims of abuse and neglect received a home like environment with warm bed, food, clothing, and counseling services. 403 Masses were celebrated at 11 Prison and Jail facilities. 62 Prison Inmates received the Sacrament of Confirmation. 447 parish catechists, including 5 catechetical leaders have been certified to serve their parishes through their parish religious education program. 2,940 youth and adults benefited from the religious education textbook books provided to parishes in need. 50,172 hospital patients received Holy Communion and another 40,800 were visited and consoled. (Some patients are either medically or spiritually compromised and cannot receive Holy Communion.) 33 Seminarians received spiritual and education formation to continue their journey to the priesthood. The listed information are only some of the many ways Appeal donors gifts make a difference. THANK YOU!

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51 Impact Statements Hope for the Future Catholic Education Prior to coming to St. Leo the Great Catholic School, Bryan, now a 4th grader, was struggling in public school. His mom was looking for options. With tears in his eyes Melissa explained, my son did not know how to read, there was pain in his voice, and he felt lost at school. Melissa, who receives tuition assistance from Hope for the Future, said the turnaround was unbelievable after Bryan began attending Catholic School, within the first year he was reading, it was amazing! His Catholic school teachers treat him with love and attention. They encourage him in his class work at his best. I am so grateful for the difference Catholic school has made. Melissa, a self-employed single mom, drives over 70 miles a day to take her son to and from school. She has no regrets about making the drive knowing how beneficial the education has been, it is worth it, I don t care what I have to do. I will drive without complaint. Catholic school education has changed Bryan s outlook on school. He would come home stressed from public school and depressed. Now, he comes home worth a huge smile on his face, it makes everything worth it, said Melissa. Melissa understands the value of a Catholic school education and appreciates the tuition assistance she receives through Hope for Future with the generous support from the Appeal donors. I m thankful for the opportunity to send my son to Catholic school. Without support, it would not be possible. Please continue to support the Appeal to help students and families like Melissa and her son Bryan. Catholic Television of San Antonio Evangelization through Communication Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) is blessed with the generous support from Appeal donors. When you give to the Archbishop s Appeal you provide an impact to those who are in a hospital bed or homebound. Catholic Television of San Antonio recently heard from a gentleman who shared that his mother is in the middle of a lengthy illness that has kept her homebound. He thanked CTSA for the televised daily Mass and how this was her only means to experience the Mass. These types of phone calls come to Catholic Television frequently, but are only possible with the support from Appeal donors like you. In addition, Catholic Television hears from the homebound on the San Fernando Cathedral Mass each week. We are told by many that they are blessed to stay in touch with the Mother Church, and for them this is the only Mass they will be exposed to on any given Sunday. Your generous support to the Appeal helps to bring Christ to those who are unable to attend Mass due to illness or any means of transportation. Please continue to support the Archbishop s Appeal to continue the ministry of Catholic Television of San Antonio. A ministry that brings Christ to His people through television broadcast

52 Impact Statements Vocations Office The Archdiocese of San Antonio Vocation Office is blessed when you provide your generous support to the Archbishop s Appeal. When you give to the Archbishop s Appeal you support the formation of priest to serve in our parishes as well as foster the growth of women religious in our community. The Vocations Ministry assists men and women to answer God s call to take up their cross and follow Him. The Mission of the Vocation Office is to help initiate, nurture, support, and encourage persons of all ages to discern their call to a religious life. Currently, more than 30 men have accepted the call to discern the vocation to the priesthood and religious life. Juan commented. I ve been talking to Father in the Vocation Office for about two years and I am glad that he invited me to attend a Vocation Retreat. I ve been discerning my call to the priesthood for about three years. The Vocations Retreat is made possible by donors like you to the Archbishop s Appeal. The annual Vocation Retreat provides an opportunity for young men and women to clear their mind and open their heart to God. It is an opportunity for those discerning their call to visit with priests and religious about their happiness in their service to Christ and His people. Juan has officially been accepted to begin his journey through his ongoing discernment in his studies to the priesthood. Christina shared I live in Crane, Texas, near Odessa, and I drove five hours to be here this weekend. I want to learn more about other communities to help me in discerning my vocation. I know I am being called to this life. This retreat weekend gives me a chance to meet and visit with other religious communities to see where God is calling me to serve. It s wonderful to have this opportunity to spend an entire weekend with others like myself who are discerning as well as spending time with the other religious women. With your support to the Archbishop s Appeal, men and women will have an opportunity to explore their call to serve God in a religious life. Please continue to pray and support the Appeal so that many young men and women accept their call to serve Christ people and His church through a religious life. 52

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55 Impact Statements Parish Support Line, Catholic Charities Catholic Charities Parish Support Line is blessed when you provide your generous support to the Archbishop s Appeal. When you give to the Archbishop s Appeal you make a difference in the lives of those who need emergency assistance. The Parish Support Line is the first line of defense for a Priest when they do not have the resources to assist a parishioner. The Parish Support Line is available for priest to contact Catholic Charities to request emergency support and services for individuals in need. Recently, the Parish Support Line received a call from a pastor in need of assistance to serve his parishioner who lost her job. Linda previously worked as professional woman and did not know the system of social service assistance. On the verge of being evicted with her 10 year old daughter. Linda turned to her pastor, who contacted the Parish Support Line, Catholic Charities. With the support of Appeal donors, the Parish Support Line is available to help pastors to assist a parishioner who turns to him in great need. Linda received assistance for rent, counseling services, and was put in contact with someone for a job. Linda and her daughter are rebuilding their lives and becoming stable. Sometimes we all need a little helping hand. As faithful servants, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to serve His people in need. Please consider making a gift to the Archbishop s Appeal to support ministries like the Parish Support Line to serve Christ s people in need

56 FAQs about the Archbishop's Appeal Q: I ve never used Appeal Ministries, so how do I benefit from the Appeal? A: Four personal benefits flow from your Appeal gift: 1) Seminarians are educated to continue to staff our parishes and missions to provide the sacraments and preach the Gospel for years and generations to come. It costs approximately 40 thousand dollars per year for each seminarian. Most men are in the seminary for 6 years before they are ordained to the priesthood. 2) Your gift express gratitude to God for the gifts by ensuring that Christ s mission continues for our children and loved ones. 3) Your gift to the Appeal enables the Church to do God s work throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio by supporting a variety of Catholic social service programs and evangelization ministry services that you and your parish community may benefit from (i.e. World Youth Day, Assembly, Catechist Formation, Guadalupe Center). 4) Your gift fulfills a portion of your responsibility to make the Church what God wants and needs it to be. We are responsible for providing the resources of time, talent, and treasure that the Church needs to carry out its mission of salvation for all. Nothing relieves us of this responsibility. Q: How is the Archbishop's Annual Appeal conducted? A: The Archdiocese of San Antonio conducts an annual campaign (as is the case in most dioceses in the United States), to help fund the work of its pastoral ministries and that of Catholic agencies and ministries that provide services and assistance to the poor and destitute and work to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Appeal starts in January and concludes in December of the same year. Q: Why should people give? A: Catholics should give because they are grateful for the gifts that God has given them in their lives and because of the great good that their giving brings to the world. Q: I already support my parish, isn t that enough? A: The Annual Appeal provides the opportunity to support our wider Church family, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, as well as our own parish ministries. When we say the Creed, we reaffirm the fact that we are members of the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are saying that we believe that every parish and every parishioner is responsible not only for his or her parish, but also for the well-being of the Church throughout the archdiocese and the world. Q: I would like to know how my gift will benefit the parishes outside of the San Antonio urban area. A: The pastoral ministries of the archdiocese are available to provide support to all parishes regardless of location. The Archbishop s Appeal funds the education of the seminarians who will then move forward to serve through our parish communities. Catechists who are teaching the children of your parish receive training through our Lay Leadership Formation Fund. In addition, parishes who are financially unable to purchase religious educational materials may submit a request to determine if they qualify to receive support for the purchase of religious education materials. Engaged couples receive pre-marital counseling retreats through the Office of Pastoral Ministries. The Archdiocese of San Antonio website, Catholic Television, and Today s Catholic Newspaper are evangelization resources made available because the of the support given to the Archbishop s Appeal. These examples are just a few of the wide variety of services provided by archdiocesan offices and ministries to parishes and parishioners across the archdiocese. Q: I m a full-time college student. How can I help with the Archbishop s Appeal? A: Get involved in your parish or your school s campus ministry program. Give generously of your time and talent and consider giving up an occasional pizza or movie to help someone who is less fortunate. Your gift will make a difference! Get into the habit of giving of yourself, your talents, your time and your treasure. It is never too soon to practice being a good steward! 56

57 Appeal Q&A What is the mission and purpose of the Archbishop s Appeal? The Archbishop s Appeal is a living manifestation of the Word of God serving the least of our sisters and brothers. Its mission is to identify, develop and acquire the financial resources to provide the services and programs needed for the material, educational, and spiritual needs of God s people in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. It especially works to promote the gospel message and provides resources to assist the poor and vulnerable, the marginalized and disenfranchised, the uneducated and undereducated and those who find themselves in desperate situations. It is an opportunity for Catholics throughout the Archdiocese to join together to express their solidarity with the Church and the Archbishop of San Antonio by making a freewill contribution to help carry on the important work Christ has entrusted to us as God s stewards. Why should your parishioners give to the Archbishop s Appeal? God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents and abilities that are to be share responsibly and wisely with others. Stewardship is more than the occasional act of charity and service. It is the way in which we live our lives as Disciples of Christ. It is how we give of our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received. Why is participation in the Appeal important? God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents and resources that are to be shared responsibly and wisely with Christ people in our community. The Appeal is an opportunity for us as disciples to help to build our Catholic faith in San Antonio. When donors give to the Appeal they practice true authentic stewardship and discipleship as an act of charity and service for well-being of Christ s people. When donors respond to the Appeal they respond to the call given to us by Christ to shepherd His people. This is done through practicing good stewardship. Stewardship is the way in which we live out our lives as a disciple of Christ, the commitment we give of our time, talent, and treasure in gratitude for the blessings that we have received from God. At the end of every Mass, we are called to go in peace to love and serve the Lord. This is our call to help build our faith community. One person cannot do it all so, we must all do our part. Together, through the Appeal we can uplift, transform, and welcome others into our Catholic faith. Is there a guide for how much to contribute? Turn to the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer on how you can financially support and pray for the Appeal. Participation is more important than amount, but as a guide, 1% of the total annual household income would be appropriate. Other suggestions include $1 for each day or each week of the year ($365 or $52), and $10 a month for the 10 months of the pledge ($100). However, any gift of any amount, whether a pledge or a onetime gift, from each parishioner would ensure that the goals for both the parish and the Archdiocese are met. As the Pastor and or Appeal Coordinator your responsibilities will be to encourage your parish community to support the Appeal in any way they can

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