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.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul wrote: “I am the least of the apostles. I do not even deserve to be called an apostle.”
Paul was not one of the original twelve. He never met Jesus in person. In his own words, Paul had been committed to persecuting the church “beyond measure.” Yet God called on Paul to serve as the great evangelizer. Despite his fears and his doubts, Saint Paul said “yes” to God’s call. Two thousand years later, Paul’s story remains vital in our theology, worship, and pastoral life.
We never know how God will call us, and we often cannot know what impact our action – or inaction – might have. However, every member of our Catholic family of faith can know with certainty that we are called to serve. With these thoughts in mind, I have selected “Called to Serve” as the theme for our 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
In the Diocese of Allentown, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal has become an opportunity for tens of thousands of parishioners, friends, and neighbors to accept the call to serve. Together, we make it possible for parish communities, Catholic schools and ministries, Catholic Charities, clergy, and seminarians to promote and follow Christ’s teaching. With you, we serve individuals, families, and children throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. For that reason, I ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Thank you in advance for your faith, your kindness, and your prayers. I feel very blessed to have been called to serve with you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert
Bishop of Allentown
Please take a moment to watch our 2018 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
A seminarian would like to offer your intentions as part of his daily Mass. Please share your intentions even if you are not able to support the Appeal.
Please write your request below and return in the enclosed envelope or place in the collection basket at your parish.
Please remember my/our intentions during your daily Mass:
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN
CALLED TO SERVE?
How has your Catholic faith made a difference in your family? With your friends? At your parish? In your workplace? How have you been called to serve?
Please share your story below.