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1 In giving, we receive... Annual Catholic Appeal Diocese of Springfield

2 A Message from Our Bishop In giving, we receive. The message is taken from the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. The theme for the Diocese of Springfield 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal calls us to share in our mission to bring God s peace to our world and to inspire hope in the hearts of people. Through your collective giving, thousands of people across the four counties of western Massachusetts receive educational, pastoral, social outreach, and other services in measures far beyond the abilities of one single donation. Where there is despair, ministries supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal bring hope. Where there is doubt, our ministries put our faith into action. Where there is darkness and misunderstanding, our services reach out in support. Truly it is in giving that we receive God s blessing. With your contribution, we will meet the ever growing needs of our neighbors, communicate the message of God s mercy, and show the world through our actions that as Catholics we live our faith. Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski Bishop of Springfield

3 Meet Our Ministries Meet Our Ministries... Chalice of Salvation Celebrating 60 years, Chalice of Salvation is the weekly Sunday Mass broadcast to residents of Western Massachusetts. Originating from the Holy Spirit Chapel within St. Michael s Cathedral, Chalice of Salvation is the largest attended Mass in the Diocese of Springfield as more than 10,000 households tune in each week. It is the production of Catholic Communications Ministry. I want to let you know how much I enjoy the Chalice of Salvation. It brings me so much comfort and joy. My mom and dad also loved your program. Thank you to all those who help to put it on the air. -- Mary, viewer

4 In giving, St. Vincent de Paul Society Serving more than 2,500 people each year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance to people who may not qualify for help from other agencies or who need additional assistance. Striving to provide adequate shelter, the St. Vincent de Paul Society aids people facing imminent eviction or termination of utilities. Its food pantry assists families and individuals when needed. The Catholic Appeal has been an ongoing help and blessing in helping our families in need! -- Kate Taibbi, St. Vincent de Paul Society

5 we receive... New Direction Women s Center Offering a variety of pregnancy help to empower women and men to make life-affirming decisions, the New Direction Women s Center provides confidential services free of charge in a safe environment. A faith-based center located in North Adams, New Direction services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, life skill and parenting classes. I just didn t think I was ready. We were able to have an ultrasound and that was the end of not having my baby. Now, I know what love is. He s my whole world. -- Lauren, a mom who sought help at New Direction Women s Center

6 Meet Our Ministries Homework House Celebrating 10 years of after school educational help for at-risk children, Homework House of Holyoke serves children in kindergarten through sixth grade with the support of 250 volunteers. Working from two locations, the focus is on assisting economically disadvantaged children with their homework and remedial skills in reading and math. The funding we receive from the Annual Catholic Appeal is a key component of our program. We are grateful for the rock solid support the ACA provides as we work to improve the educational outcomes for children most at risk of academic failure. -- Virginia Dillon, Homework House Executive Director

7 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Allocation Chart Allocations Services to the family & elderly, $177,000 Services to those in need, $228,500 Pastoral & spiritual support services, $1,152,825 Services to young people, $845,675 Your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps support the mission of each of the following ministries: Services to Young People Angels Take Flight Camp Holy Cross Catholic Scouting Education Support to Catholic Elementary and High School Students Every Step Matters Ministry Homework House New Spirit Newman Center, UMass/Amherst Rick's Place Youth Center, Inc. Services to the Family & Elderly Alternatives: A Crisis Pregnancy Center Bethlehem House New Direction Women s Center (formerly Northern Berkshire Pregnancy Support Services) Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County Providence Behavioral Health Hospital Sisters Retirement Fund Priests Retirement Assistance Take & Eat Services to Those in Need Catholic Charities Counseling Services Gray House Holy Cross Sandwich Ministry Lorraine s Soup Kitchen Montague Catholic Social Ministries Providence Ministries Residents Encounter Christ - Berkshire Cty. Residents Encounter Christ - Hampden Cty. St. Vincent de Paul Society, Westfield Pastoral & Spiritual Support Services Catholic Communications Ministry Catholic Latino Ministries Diocesan Schools Office Ecumenical Commission Genesis Spiritual Life Center Jericho - Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults Ministry Support Services Ministry with the Deaf Parish Pastoral Ministry Office Parish Religious Education Office Seminary & Clergy Educational Support Vicar for Religious

8 Ways to Give Your gift to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Check: Your personal check made payable to Diocese of Springfield should be mailed with the enclosed gift card in the pre-addressed envelope provided. Make a Pledge: A generous pledge can be paid over eight months. If you are able, please include your first installment when you mail your pledge card. Pledges are not legally binding. Monthly reminders will be mailed until your pledge is fulfilled. Matching Gifts: Many employers have matching gift programs which provide employees the opportunity to enhance their charitable contribution. Please contact your company s human resource professional to determine if your company participates in a matching gift program. Credit Card: Take full advantage of the benefits offered by your card company such as bonus points and airline miles. You can make a one-time gift or monthly payments. Online Giving: The Annual Catholic Appeal offers the convenience of making your gift and pledge payments at our secure online site. Please visit If you have an online giving question, please call the Annual Catholic Appeal Office at Gifts of Stock: A gift of stock is one way to make a contribution at a reduced cost to you. These gifts allow you to reduce income tax and avoid capital gains tax that would be due if you sold the stock independently. Please review the tax impact of such a gift with your financial advisor. To make a gift of stock, please contact us at for the appropriate forms. Annual Catholic Appeal Diocese of Springfield

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