Catholics throughout the Diocese of Orlando recognize their blessings are from God and have shared their gifts with others through Our Catholic Appeal where pledges recently surpassed the 2011 goal of $12.25 million.
As of December 31, a total of $12,377,066 has been raised in cash and pledges, marking an increase of more than $755,000 over the previous year. Of the 92 parishes and missions in the diocese, 74 have raised at least 90% of their goal, and over half of all parishes met or exceeded their goal.
“This is a remarkable achievement that only faith could make possible,” noted Bishop John Noonan. “Through their generous commitments, our families have shown that Our Catholic Appeal is worthy of support and that our diocesan ministries have a direct and lasting influence on countless lives.”
James Edwards, President of the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, is grateful to the more than 44,000 families who participated in Our Catholic Appeal. “We certainly recognize the difficult economy that has affected so many,” he said. “The need was great before the economic downturn and is even that much greater now. The sacrificial generosity of so many families is a powerful reminder that our diocesan ministries do make a difference, and that God’s work is a priority in people’s hearts.”
Edwards also credited the leadership of the pastors and priests who helped make Our Catholic Appeal so successful in 2011. “Our families have given so generously because they see in their priests an example of loving service,” he said.
Gifts to Our Catholic Appeal provide annual operating support for a wide variety of diocesan ministries that serve people, parishes and Catholic schools throughout Central Florida. With funds from Our Catholic Appeal, the diocese is able to nurture vocations, promote lifelong faith formation, and care for the hungry and homeless.
Last year 18.1% of the Our Catholic Appeal gifts went to services for Clergy, Religious and Seminarians and 14.9% went to Schools and Religious Education.
“Every aspect of our life as Catholics is touched by gifts to Our Catholic Appeal, from the education of our young people in Catholic Schools to the lifelong faith formation provided by our parishes,” said Edwards. “Gifts to Our Catholic Appeal enable our diocese to serve the people of God so that they will have the resources they need to minister to one another.”
To make a gift to Our Catholic Appeal, please visit www.cfocf.org/OCA .