Each year, every Roman Catholic parish and mission in the United States provides financial support to their diocesan ministries through an assessment of revenue. This assessment is also known as the cathedraticum. The amount of the assessment is determined in each individual diocese.
In the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the parishes and missions contribute roughly 13% of their combined parish revenues to fund the operating budget of our diocesan level ministries and services which serve our five counties.
The Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) is an annual fundraiser, or appeal, to the parishioners of the diocese asking them to contribute directly to diocesan ministries and services. The ultimate goal for each parish and mission is to reach or exceed the assessment amount through the Annual Pastoral Appeal. If the assessment is paid through direct donations from parishioners, more offertory money will remain at the parish to fund parish level ministry. However, if the goal is not met, the balance due is billed to the parish.