"What is the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries?
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal for is a diocese-wide effort that supports the pastoral services of the Catholic Church in Middle Tennessee. It is an opportunity for all Catholics in our diocese to express unity with one another in carrying out our call, especially to help those who are vulnerable and in need. Whereas the diocesan parish assessment funds the governance offices of the diocese mandated by Church law (such as the Bishop’s and the Chancellor’s Offices), the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries funds diocesan ministries and services.
How does the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries benefit our parish and our community?
Diocesan pastoral programs funded through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries help parish programs in such areas as religious education, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, youth ministry, schools, married life and many other worthy efforts. Throughout the diocese, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps fund ministry formation, Catholic schools, youth ministry, clergy development, prison ministry and more.
How do we make a pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries?
Please complete the pledge card that has been mailed to your home (also available at church) and return it to the parish on “Pledge Sunday.” Extra pledge cards will be available at church. You will receive an envelope from the diocese with which to make your monthly, quarterly, or annual payment.
Why should we pledge?
Our Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries pledge is part of our Christian stewardship of treasure. Our motivation for giving is gratitude for all the blessings we have received from God. We must ask ourselves, what return shall we make to the Lord? While we receive many requests for charitable gifts, our Church should be a priority consideration for our charitable support.