Let’s all join in!
We have been talking about the new Catholic Ministry Appeal for a few weeks now, and it’s time to join in as a parish family to support the shared ministries of our larger church. The main difference from the Annual Pastoral Appeal to now the Catholic Ministry Appeal, is that 100% of your donations goes to the ministries of the diocese! Together, through the Catholic Ministry Appeal, we respond to needs in our local communities and support Catholics throughout their lives. With your gift, you are nurturing spiritual life, and embracing God’s call to serve and accompany missionary disciples in the Diocese. In the spirit of faith and mission, please consider making a donation to the Catholic Ministry Appeal for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
How to give?
Envelopes are in the pews or
give online at Givetoministry.dosp.org
After much prayer, consultation and review, the task force voted unanimously to retire APA, and start over, separating how different areas would be funded. It lessens the financial burden on parishes, allows 100% of donor contributions to go toward the ministries listed below, instead of administration costs, increases accountability and reduces confusion. We will continue to provide full transparency.
Their innovative plan calls for:
- the leadership of our local Church to be supported by parishes at a drastically reduced rate (from 18-19% to only 2%);
- the administrative functions such as accounting and human resources to be funded through interest earnings on a responsibly invested trust;
- and finally, the new plan invites our parishioners to participate in the new Catholic Ministry Appeal each year to fund what most consider to the traditional ministries and programs of our diocese.
To begin the process of transition from APA to a new Catholic Ministry Appeal, we asked those families that have faithfully supported APA to assist us in designing a new logo, to find out which of the ministries they would like to learn more about, and why they feel it’s important to support these larger diocesan ministries. More than 3,300 responded to the survey! Their input was greatly appreciated, and assisted us in creating a look, feel and focus for our ministry messaging. Click here to see the results of our survey.
We are now ready to launch. Our historical donors to APA have received a “first look” at our new materials crafted from their input in the survey. On December 31, 2021, the name “Annual Pastoral Appeal” or “APA” has been retired. And the new “Catholic Ministry Appeal” is underway with a more focused case for support that does not include leadership or administrative expenses. Click here to see the ministries, programs and services included in our new Catholic Ministry Appeal.