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Ministries Supporting Our Lives
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” These are the words of St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians.
Through our baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ. As members of this body, we are sent on a mission to serve others as Christ did, bringing his love, mercy and compassion to all those in need.
We are a Church today that faces some serious challenges, and I remain committed to efforts that foster healing, improve accountability and maintain safe environments for everyone. These challenges, however, don’t diminish the good and much-needed ministry being done in our diocese.
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports these ministries, which include vocations, Catholic education, faith formation, marriage preparation, family life, pastoral planning, multicultural ministries, ministry to the divorced, and the TV Mass for the homebound.
I’m very grateful for every gift made to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. These gifts support ministries at the core of our Church’s mission.
I ask you to please prayerfully discern a gift to the Appeal and join others around the diocese in supporting 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 goes directly to 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
As of July 22, contributions to the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal have reached $1,008,445 in gifts and pledges. Read more.
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July 27 – 28, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Diocesan Ministries are here for YOU! Visit our webpage to learn more about how the Appeal supports ministries at the very core of our Church’s mission. Go to www.stcdio.org and click Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
August 3 – 4, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The August edition of The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine has information about how our communities benefit from your generosity. The magazine includes an envelope for those who would like to make a donation. Some of you may also receive a letter for the appeal being mailed this week to households that have not yet responded for 2019.
August 10 – 11, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Appeal. As of July 22, the diocese has raised $1,008,445 in gifts and pledges. That is 77.5% of the Diocese’s goal of $1,300,000. This is made possible through the donations of 6,838 people throughout the 16 counties of our diocese. Every dollar raised goes directly to diocesan ministries like the Vocations and Diaconate offices, and is not used for any other purpose. You can make a gift at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail it to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
August 17 – 18, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Diocesan Ministries are here for YOU! Visit our webpage for updates about how the Appeal supports ministries at the very core of our Church’s mission. Go to www.stcdio.org and click on Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
August 24 – 25, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The Bishop’s Annual Appeal proudly supports youth religious education in the diocese. Your generosity helps make this possible. To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail a gift to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
August 31 – September 1, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Holy Mass is the foundation of Catholic spiritual life, inviting the faithful to open themselves to an outpouring of God’s grace. Because of your generosity, the TV Mass is able to be broadcast to homes and care facilities in 60 counties and reaches countless others online. Your generosity makes this possible. To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail a gift to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Bulletin Insert