This year’s Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Appeal, We the Many, Serving as One, has been launched. (Please watch the 2018 Catholic Appeal video below for more information on how the Catholic Appeal provides needed funding to the many ministries that serve our parishes, schools, community programs and other affiliated organizations throughout the Archdiocese.)
St. John’s financial goal for the Appeal this year is $111,782. Prior to this year our rebate was tied to a financial goal. The rebate earned by our parish from last year’s Catholic Appeal was $17,500.
The Archdiocese of Boston has announced new procedures for this year’s appeal.
This year there has been a change in procedures, and we now must reach an in-pew envelope goal (in additional to our financial goal) in order to be eligible to earn any rebates back to the parish. Our new in-pew envelope goal here at St. John is 95 envelopes. This goal is based solely on the number of envelopes completed, so this year we are asking that every family complete and return one of the envelopes, to ensure that we reach the goal number.
After writing your name, address and home parish, please complete the in-pew envelope in one of three ways and place it in the regular offertory collection:
- Add a donation of cash, check or credit card information
- Select “I have already given to the Catholic Appeal this year”
- Select “I do not wish to make a gift at this time”
The envelopes will be available in the pews and in the church lobby over the next several weekends. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we launch this year’s Catholic Appeal with the new guidelines and procedures. Your generosity to the Catholic Appeal is most greatly appreciated. Thank you!
2018 Catholic Appeal Video from the Archdiocese of Boston
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said, “Faith guides us to discover the purpose of our existence, our mission here. As a community of faith, we all participate in the mission Jesus entrusts to us: to share the good news and support our brothers and sisters. It is my hope that everyone will consider a contribution for the 2018 Catholic Appeal to help advance that work here in our Archdiocese.”
WE THE MANY SERVING AS ONE
2018 Catholic Appeal Homily – Cardinal Seán O’Malley
Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s recent statement regarding the ongoing immigration debate, “A call for civility”, can be found on Cardinal Sean’s Blog.
Boston Priests are there for us. They share the Good News of Jesus Christ, by doing Good Works as His devoted disciples. By their words and example they are catalysts for Christ in a community of Good Faith, where together we live in love and service to God and one another. Our only collection at all Christmas Masses will be to support The Clergy Health and Retirement Trust (The Trust), which was established by the Archbishop of Boston to provide a continuum of care for the health and well-being of all diocesan priests in good standing. This Trust is separate from all other diocesan finances to ensure that the funds are used solely for this purpose. Please take a moment to view the video below about one of our Boston priests, Msgr. John McDonough. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity.
“Because they serve the country, they should not be denied their faith.”
– Msgr. John McDonough. There for us.
Msgr. John McDonough: A Priest and a General from Clergy Health & Retirement Trust on Vimeo.
This weekend, March 5-6, you will be invited to support the 2016 Catholic Appeal at Mass. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge. The Catholic Appeal is the annual fund that helps sustain the 50 ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. These ministries directly serve the Catholic faithful, and also support our parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations.
If you are unable to make your pledge at Mass, please take a pledge form from the back of the church or pledge online at bostoncatholicappeal.org.
Thank you for your prayers for a successful Catholic Appeal.
From the Archdiocese of Boston: With gratitude to CatholicTV, we are providing a link to the Cardinal’s Christmas message. Merry Christmas!
This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston launched the 2014 Catholic Appeal, Forward in Hope. The Appeal supports 50 ministries that benefit our parish and thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Your support of this important effort helps make our parish a thriving, welcoming community of faith. If you have yet to do so, please consider pledging your support to the 2014 Appeal. You are encouraged to watch this year’s video and share it with your family and friends by clicking on the image below: