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Bishop’s Annual Appeal Update

As of Oct. 19, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2020 has raised total cash and pledges of $1,198,679 toward our goal of $1.3 million (92.21%). This was made possible through the generous donations of 8,428 people throughout the 16 counties of our diocese.


 

A message from Bishop Kettler

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Bishop Donald J. Kettler

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The Eucharist is a sacrament of communion — uniting us with God and with each other. It sends us on mission to become what we receive: the Body of Christ — offering the gift of our self, and our good works, to others.

The ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are at the heart of this mission. They provide assistance, education, and pastoral care to people throughout our diocese.

We are a Church today that faces many challenges, and I pledge to continue efforts that foster accountability and safe environments for everyone. These challenges, however, don’t lessen the good work being done by these ministries. In fact, they make the work of these ministries — now and in the future — more necessary than ever.

This includes vocations, Catholic education, faith formation, marriage preparation, family life, pastoral planning, multicultural ministries, ministry to the divorced, and the TV Mass for the homebound.

Many of you have contributed to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in the past, and I’m very grateful for every gift we receive. We couldn’t do this without you.

Please prayerfully discern a gift to the Appeal and join others — just like you — around the diocese in support of this important work. The need is great and your support — no matter the amount — makes a difference in the lives of so many others. Your gift will go directly to these diocesan ministries and will not be used for any other purpose.

Thank you, and may God bless you and your loved ones.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Donald J. Kettler
Bishop of Saint Cloud





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2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Bulletin Announcements

 

November 7 – 8, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to everyone who is supporting diocesan ministries through the Appeal. Our prayers are with you as we navigate these challenging times together. As of October 19, the Appeal raised $1,198,679 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,300,000. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose. Will you help these ministries meet their funding needs? Visit www.stcdio.org/appeal.

 

November 14 – 15, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: We receive many prayer intentions from the diocesan faith community. All are carefully preserved and prayed over by Bishop Kettler, diocesan staff and the Poor Clare sisters at Saint Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids. Please know that whether or not you are able to send a gift, your requests for prayer are welcome.

 

November 21 – 22, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: We are the Church Together: Our diocesan ministries are walking with you during these challenging times. Diocesan staff continue to reach out to parishes and advance ministries in new and creative ways. Our diocesan website has updates, spiritual resources and prayers at www.stcdio.org. May God bless you and those you love.

 

November 28 – 29, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Our mission is to be His heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice. The ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are at the heart of this mission. They provide assistance, education and pastoral care to people throughout our diocese. We are Church together. Please consider a gift at www.stcdio.org/appeal.

 



2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Bulletin Insert

2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Bulletin Insert

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2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Poster

2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Poster

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