Most dioceses in the United States and many in Canada conduct a diocesan appeal each year. The purpose of the appeals differs diocese to diocese. Some use the appeal money to support ministries and services at the diocesan level. Other dioceses have appeals for charities only.
The 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal for the Diocese of San Diego is now underway. It is about many things, but it is mostly about you, your response, and putting God first in all things.
You will note in the brochure that you received in the mail that the focus of the appeal is Catholic Schools, Faith Formation, Catholic Charities, and Clergy Formation and Support.
The mission statement of this year’s appeal is “Renewing Hope.” If this already speaks to you, you have probably supported the appeal in the past and feel good about the gift you will give in 2021.
It is God who ultimately calls us to our response to this appeal. Where is it then taking me spiritually? Does my relationship with God unintentionally grow stronger because I want to shape others’ vision of my Church through my gift? God is the one who protects us and blesses us with all our earthly gifts. We, who are so blessed, know it. Paul reminds us how simple God’s message really is:
“You yourselves know that these hands of mine have served both my needs and those of my companions. I have always pointed out to you that it is by such hard work that you must help the weak. You need to recall the words of the Lord Jesus himself, who said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than receiving.” Acts 20:34-35