Annual Catholic Appeal
Click 2017 ACA Brochure to view.
New for June 2017:
Did you know you can now make a gift to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal on your smart phone or device by texting, “Sharing” to 50555. It is fast, easy and secure and supports diocesan programs on a larger scale including: the formation of priests and deacons; pastoral care of the sick and elderly; nutrition, housing and counseling programs; evangelization and catechesis and much more. The parish alone cannot support all these programs effectively but together, when you give a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, we continue the Gospel message and make a difference in the lives of those around us. Make your gift today, text, “Sharing” to 50555. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
2-5-17 The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal will kick-off this weekend. The ACA provides the funds for the pastoral, educational and charitable ministries of the Diocese of Bridgeport. This year's theme, Sharing God's Gifts, Transforming Lives calls us to join together as a diocesan family and share the gifts God has given us so that lives can be transformed and blessed by God’s love in concrete ways - one person at a time. Next weekend you will have the opportunity to hear more about how the ACA helps spread the Good News. Please see 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal kick-off letter.
The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to families who attend our Diocesan schools. Over $2,000,000 in scholarships is awarded each year to students who demonstrate financial need. Every town and school in our Diocese has students receiving these awards. Over 2,000 students applied for tuition assistance and the need was calculated at over $7,000,000. The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund continues to work to raise and distribute funds to families with need so that the grace of a Catholic education is available to all who desire it.
Family Formation supports and facilitates the Church’s mission of providing opportunities for ongoing faith formation for adults—the paradigm of all catechesis. This includes, but is not limited to: baptism, preparation, parenting, RCIA and adult Confirmation, men’s ministry, women’s ministry, marriage enrichment and help for troubled marriages, chastity/human sexuality, separated/divorced support, bereavement, and natural family planning.
Supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal makes it possible to continue promoting vocations to the priesthood that are so vital to the future of our local Church. The indispensable role that our 26 seminarians will perform in the life of the Church necessitates that they receive an unparalleled formation in the spiritual, pastoral, and academic disciplines. The formation and preparation our seminarians receive at St. John Fisher, Redemptoris Mater, and in major seminary spans five to eight years. This year Bishop Caggiano will ordain three seminarians to the priesthood and two to the transitional diaconate. At an annual cost of more than $21,000, your Annual Catholic Appeal gift will help underwrite this worthwhile investment and help promote and foster vocations to the priesthood throughout our diocese.
This is Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. Our parish goal this year is that every family and individual will participate to the very best of their ability, in recognition and in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings. All registered parishioners should have received a special letter from Bishop Caggiano seeking their personal commitment and a pledge of support. If you are among those in our parish family who have already responded in the spirit of stewardship and discipleship or will do so today, fervent thanks and blessings are yours. If you are still contemplating your Appeal gift, please give from your heart on behalf of those whose lives will be changed for the better because you cared. Every pledge and gift is vitally important and will bring us closer to reaching our goal. God will indeed bless and reward your generosity and concern for others, of that you can be assured.
If you have not yet responded to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, please reflect upon the importance of your support to ministry and outreach that relies upon the charity of the Diocese of Bridgeport. The challenge is immediate and far reaching, but the solution is within our reach! Please consider the following options when deciding upon the best way to support the Annual Catholic Appeal this year:
Make a pledge and spread out your payments over 5 months
Donate on-line by going to the diocesan website, 2017ACAbridgeport.com
Check if your employer will match your gift through the Corporate Matching Gift Program
Donate a one-time gift
Contribute a gift of appreciated stocks or securities
Whatever you decide, your gift will be greatly appreciated and make a difference in lives of others.
Youth Formation exists to advocate and assist parishes and youth ministry leaders in the formation of young people. Guided by the USCCB Document “Renewing the Vision”, we form parish youth ministry leaders to offer a comprehensive youth ministry program to, with, by, and for young people. We advocate for the needs of young people at all levels. Some of the special Diocesan programs and activities supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal are: Catholic Service Corps, World Youth Day, SHU Journey, March for Life, CONVIVIO, the National Catholic Youth Conference, High School Apostles and Catholic Scouting. Please prayerfully consider making your gift today.
For over 100 years now, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County delivers life solutions and human essentials through a comprehensive network of 30 plus service ministries to thousands of individuals and families regardless of their religious belief, health, age, race, or economic status. Feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, counseling the troubled, attending to the elderly, infirmed, disabled and incarcerated, assisting newly arrived immigrants, and so much more, are made possible through Annual Catholic Appeal funding. Your gift will enable these ministries to change lives one person at a time without interruption, whenever and wherever this outreach is most needed.
Over the years many corporations in the Diocese have participated in the Matching Gift Program. When making your pledge to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, please consult with your employer to determine if they match gifts. If your company does participate, the Diocese of Bridgeport or its designated agencies such as Catholic Charities or the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport may qualify for these additional funds. The company match will increase the dollar amount received at no extra cost to you. A list of Matching Gift companies has been posted on our website, www.2017ACAbridgeport.com. For further information please contact the Development Office at (203) 416-1312 or email us at 2017ACA@diobpt.org.
The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is a faith-filled learning community made up of four campuses in the city of Bridgeport: St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Raphael, and St. Augustine elementary schools. Its mission is to provide a Christ-centered, academically rigorous learning environment where cultural diversity is welcomed and celebrated. Students are nurtured, encouraged and challenged in preparation for a successful life of leadership and service. The Board of the Catholic Academy must raise more than 1.8 million in aid each year for those in need. Education is the gift of a lifetime. Donations restricted to the Annual Catholic Appeal enable inner-city youth to become faith-filled, industrious, responsible and well educated adults. Our World and the Church need these young students to excel academically and to develop a strong and active faith in God.
Since its founding in 1999, Saint Catherine Academy has been committed to providing the highest quality multi-disciplinary alternative education program to students from all backgrounds and faiths who are impacted with autism intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2014, this essential ministry became the Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs to centralize pastoral and educational support for individuals with disabilities. This new center brings together resources for parishes and religious educators an inclusive support program for Catholic schools, St. Catherine’s Academy, the special education school of the diocese of Bridgeport and Adult Day Service Program for adults with disabilities. Giving to the Annual Catholic Appeal will ensure that this life changing organization will continue to provide a quality education, and a living faith for children and adults with special needs.