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Bishop’s Annual Appeal Update

As of February 24, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2020 has raised cash and pledges totaling $98,372 toward this year’s goal of $1,300,000 (7.57%).  This is through generous gifts from 536 donors.


 

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

April 25 – 26, 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 good 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.

May 2 – 3, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to everyone who is supporting diocesan ministries through the Appeal, especially during these trying times. As of April 20, the Appeal raised $865,841 in gifts and pledges toward the goal $1,300,000. Please remember that it is especially important at this time to support your parishes and safely reach out to family, neighbors and people in need.

May 9 – 10, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  We are the Church Together: Your diocesan ministries are walking with you during these challenging times. Diocesan staff continue to reach out to parishes, advance ministries from home and respond to phone calls and messages. Our diocesan website has updates, weekly video messages from Bishop Kettler, spiritual resources and prayers at www.stcdio.org. May God be with you and those you love.

May 16 – 17, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: We are the Church Together:  The diocese is grateful to be able to offer weekly Mass to the faithful in many formats. TV, online and radio options are available at http://worship.stcdio.org/tv-mass/. 

May 23 – 24, 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 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.

May 30 – 31, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: May God bless you and those you love. Diocesan ministries are here for YOU! Our diocesan website has updates, spiritual resources and prayers at www.stcdio.org. We are the Church Together.



2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Bulletin Insert

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2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Poster

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