As of: 4/1/21
Paid to date: $11,906
Progress: 73.77% of our goal
“Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means. For he is a God who always repays and will give back to you sevenfold.”
From Fr. Felicjan regarding CMA
I’m sure that in any given week, you receive many requests for donations. You deserve to know how those donations are used, so the following is an outline of what the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) is all about. The money received in this annual drive is used for these many ministries, some of which support the people of St. Joseph the Worker Parish directly while others help our neighbors.
• Pastoral Care People from the diocese, when they are patients at Strong or Unity Hospitals, are visited by our priest chaplains. (This is an outreach that is very close to my heart, as it was my assignment until I returned to St. Michael’s.) Priest-chaplains visit the sick, bring them the Eucharist and work with their families.
• Priestly Vocations Your CMA gift helps to fund the formation of men entering the permanent diaconate as well as those preparing for diocesan priesthood. Right now there are a number of seminarians preparing to serve in the Diocese of Rochester. The Vocations Office works to make this possible.
• Outreach to the needy CMA helps to fund programs such as Catholic Charities, which serves individuals who have developmental disabilities, as well as their families. It counsels those who need employment support and education, as well as providing childcare and adoption services. The Catholic Family Center offers housing services for the elderly, the homeless, refugees, and those in need of utilities assistance. It reaches out to approximately 250,000 people each year.
• Faith Formation Your gifts have made possible Youth Ministry programs such as diocesan-led retreats and national events like the National Catholic Youth Conference. They support college campus ministries, providing spiritual homes for our children while they are away studying and getting ready for their journey to adulthood. I encourage all parishioners to participate in this annual act of love and support.
• Migrant Ministries This outreach helps to provide housing, education assistance, and worship facilities for migrant workers throughout our diocese. The diocese has established Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Marion, NY as part of its outreach to these workers and their families.
These are such important areas of our lives. I wholeheartedly encourage you to consider contributing, in any way you can, to the Catholic Ministries Appeal Fund.