August 17, 2017 – The 2017 Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), “Rejoice in Hope,” has almost exceeded $8.7 million in pledges and gifts from more than 25,000 donors. It is now the time for a parish level “GO FOR THE GOAL” effort is now. Why?
Within the next two weeks, the Diocese will completed a follow-up mailing to historical donors who have not yet made a commitment. Making a plan now to reinforce that message at all Masses and through the parish level communication venues can inspire not only historical donors to join the effort, but also bring in new donors.
New bulletin inserts have been developed to match the mailing design. Both inserts highlight some of the diocesan level ministries and those we serve through APA donations as well as provide parish progress to date, offer thanks to those who have participated so far, and ask all who haven’t to consider a gift. One option provides a pledge/gift form at the bottom, while the other focuses on prayer. If you would like to download either of these new inserts, please click here.
But there’s more! If you haven’t visited our APA Parish Resource page this summer, there are a number of pieces which can be combined successfully with the new “GO FOR THE GOAL!” pieces. Have you used one of the ministry mini videos, or seen some of the new ministry snapshots available? Have you asked a diocesan ministry director to present at Masses to provide a closer look at the more than 50 offices focused on ministry, programs
and services to reach out in mercy? Take a look at all the materials available here.
As always, we are here to help! To discuss the new ideas and make plans for APA in your parish, please contact the Office of Stewardship and Development for more information.