Catholic Sharing Appeal kickoff, March 8-9
DIOCESE OF BILOXI – The 2014 Catholic Sharing Appeal will begin the first weekend of Lent.
The theme of this year’s campaign – “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest.” – is derived from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (6:9).
“Each year through the Catholic Sharing Appeal, we are given the opportunity to respond to St. Paul’s exhortation by supporting the many and varied diocesan ministries that do so much good for so many people,” said Bishop roger Morin.
“The CSA affords every Catholic family the opportunity to help ease the burdens and suffering of our brothers and sisters who are in need. Many good works are performed because of your acts of charity; many lives are touched because of your generosity to CSA.”
Deacon Roberto Jimenez, diocesan director of development said that, since the very first CSA, which was held in 1977, the year of the Diocese of Biloxi’s establishment, local Catholics have consistently been generous to the annual appeal.
“The CSA is a way for the people in the pew to assist Bishop Morin in providing support in the areas of Christian education for our youth and seminarians, outreach to the poor and needy, medical subsidies for retired priests, formation and education of permanent deacons, Hispanic Ministry, deaf ministry and communications,” said Deacon Jimenez.
“The funds raised through the CSA will be used to support ministries and services that benefit our entire diocese. There are many tasks which require the expertise of individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to the needs of others. Thanks to the CSA, the Diocese of Biloxi is able to provide committed experts in a variety of areas that are available to our parish families.
In Fiscal Year 2014, the CSA will fund ministries and programs to the tune of $912,000, which breaks down as follows:
CSA Ministries and Programs
(Fiscal year 2014 Funding)
A. Ministries to Families and the Poor $253,500
(Catholic Social and Community Services)
Administration of Programs $245,000
Pregnancy Care $8,500
Licensed Adoption Services
Disaster Relief and Recovery
Respect for Life Programs
B. Ministry to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Disabled $84,000
de l’Epee Deaf Center
C. Ministry to the Youth $73,000
D. Ministry of Evangelization $239,900
Diocesan Newspaper, Gulf Pine Catholic $200,000
Catholic Radio Programs $9,500
Support for Mission Parishes $14,000
Sacred Heart Retreat Center $15,000
Lay Ministry $600
Catholic Scouting Programs $800
Hispanic Ministry $12,000
E. Ministry to The Clergy $210,080
Support for Retired Priests $55,080
Help for Incapacitated Clergy $13,500
Continuing Education for Clergy $4,500
Permanent Diaconate Program $53,000
Vocations Program $84,000
F. CSA Program Administration $52,000
In 2013, approximately $135,818.43 was returned to those parishes receiving and collecting pledges over their parish goal.
The Diocese of Biloxi is now providing an online giving opportunity. It is a safe and convenient way to support the CSA. Your gift will help us continue to serve many in the
Diocese and grow our ministry programs.
Go to website: www.biloxidiocese.org
Click on: Opportunities for Giving
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