For more than 20 years, the Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), had supported all parts of our diocesan budget: administrative, business, leadership as well as ministry, programs and outreach. Last year, Bishop Parkes, diocesan leadership and a task force of experienced pastors studied how our parishes work together to support our local Church. They listened to feedback from pastors, parish staff and lay leaders from across the Diocese.
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.
Click here to see the ministries, programs and services included in our new Catholic Ministry Appeal.