HOW THE BISHOP’S APPEAL AFFECTS YOUR PARISH AND YOUR LIFE
A gift to the Appeal supports the ministries of the Diocese of Allentown to meet the social service and ministerial needs of people in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.
In 2013 the Most Reverend John O. Barres established the Annual Appeal as a Charitable Trust and formed a Board of Trust Advisors. The Trust Advisors serves as a critical community champion of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Each dollar is carefully allocated to provide the maximum impact for our ministries and is separately accounted for to support ministries’ education, health, Evangelization and more.
Remember to Give From the Heart this Year and Share the Light of Christ. Check back here to follow the journey we take this year.
As part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy announced by Pope Francis for 2016, the Holy Father has challenged the entire church to offer more evident signs of God’s presence in the world. With your help, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is one way that we can meet that challenge and Open the Door to Mercy.
Through the Appeal, you make it possible for Catholic schools, parish communities, Catholic Charities, and clergy to provide a wide range of services and ministries throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. Quite simply, you make it possible to answer Pope Francis’s special call during this Jubilee Year to “go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God.”
This year, our goal is to raise $5 million for children, families, men, and women across the Diocese of Allentown. Nearly 95 cents out of every dollar raised by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will go to health and human services, senior citizens, classroom education, local clergy, and parish-based activities. Your gifts will make a difference in your own community and across the Diocese.
Thank you in advance for your dedication to the Church’s mission of mercy. May our Lord bless you and all those who will look to us for help this year. In the words of Pope Francis, “May we all be open to God’s divine mercy, and readily and generously share it with our brothers and sisters.”
I will keep you and your families in my Masses and prayers.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend John O. Barres, D. D.
Bishop of Allentown
Please take a moment to watch our 2016 Bishop's Annual Appeal video to learn more about the program and where the donations are going. Thank you to every generous person who has given to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Every penny helps those in need.
You have a wonderful opportunity to continue the legacy of our Diocesan family by making a leadership gift to this year’s appeal.
We are asking every parishioner to consider a six-month pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Monthly reminders will be mailed from the Diocesan Office to assist you in fulfilling your pledge.
All contributions will be allocated solely and exclusively for the ministries as identified in this case statement. Without your support, many of these services would not be possible.
Many parishioners prefer making a gift of securities because they will receive the full value of the securities as the gift value and pay no capital gains tax. Please consult your personal tax advisor regarding the special rules of gifts of appreciated property.
Make a larger gift by making smaller payments! Consider making a recurring gift via electronic funds transfer, an automatic credit card transaction, or by setting up your online banking system to make a recurring payment.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Please contact the Human Resources department at your place of employment for specific information to ensure that your gift will be eligible for a match.
You can remember the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in your will. This may provide your estate with a federal and estate tax advantage.
“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit”.
– Pope Francis
Bishop Barres would like to offer your intentions as part of his daily Masses. Please share your intentions even if you are not able to support the Appeal.
Bishop Barres, please remember my/our intentions during your daily Masses: