Pledges and Amounts Received: $2,010,074.05 (100.5%)
RESPONDING AS CHRIST’S DISCIPLES
Stewardship emphasizes our call to serve the Lord as he guides us in becoming stewards of his many gifts. It encourages us to ask ourselves: “What, Lord, do you want me to do to fulfill Your will for the Church?” To be a responsible steward means to live out a commitment to be Christ-centered. Gratitude, justice and love are fundamental motives for giving back to God. Adopting a life of stewardship means pledging a portion of the gifts God has given you through prayer, worship, talents and financial blessings.
The Catholic Stewardship Appeal makes possible the diocesan ministries that provide direct services to our parishes, including:
- Youth ministry and vocation programs.
- Recruitment of seminarians.
- Formation of deacons.
- Parish council training and parish planning processes.
- Processing of all marriage cases.
- Training and support for Catholic school teachers.
- Parish engagement in pro-life education, activities and public policy awareness.
- Salary support for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.
Most importantly, the CSA supports the spiritual development of all members of the local Church in responding to Jesus’ call to stewardship.
CSA17 VIDEO ON STEWARDSHIP
Interview with Bishop John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City
(Click here for downloadable CSA 17 Brochure)
CSA ALLOCATION GOALS FOR 2017-2018 BUDGET YEAR
The following is a breakdown of the allocation goals for the money pledged to this year’s Catholic Stewardship Appeal. They are grouped into five areas of ministry, with a general description of each. The goals are for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018.
Walking together, as a family of families, we offer faith formation to all. Included in this allocation is a special commitment to help parents in their primary role of forming their children through our support of Catholic schools ($165,300), religious education ($80,000), and youth ministry ($107,000). In vocations ($142,000), we pool our resources to invite and prepare our future priests. We do the same in diaconate formation ($25,000), adding to the 74 deacons serving our parishes. Ministry to priests ($88,500) supports the 84 active priests in the diocese as well as those who have retired after serving so faithfully. Other ministries include outreach to the sick and elderly ($230,000), to students in our Rolla and Kirksville Newman communities ($54,000) and to welcoming and including the growing number of Hispanics in our midst ($156,500).
Mission Advancement ($210,000)
Walking together, we share a concern for the fundamental focus of our Church — the transforming mission of Jesus. We want to energetically serve that mission now and in the future. But, like any family, we need money to operate. The development portion ($155,000) of Mission Advancement is charged with finding the resources for our Church’s ministries. It is responsible for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, grant applications, and other activities. However, mission advancement is also about evangelization and sharing the Good News of who we are and what we are doing as the local Catholic Church. The communications component ($55,000) ensures a Catholic presence in local media.
Matrimonial Tribunal ($187,000)
Walking together, we proclaim the undeniable importance of a healthy marriage as the foundation of family life. The matrimonial tribunal supports parishes in their efforts to provide effective preparation for couples wishing to enter into this sacred mystery of challenge and grace. At the same time, we recognize the frailty of the human situation and that some relationships, once vowed to be forever, can become broken beyond repair. Through our free tribunal services, those who are divorced may explore the annulment process which not only opens the door to a sacramental marriage in the future, but attempts to heal the wounds of brokenness and reconcile the participant with his or her past.
Walking together, we are involved in efforts that reach beyond ourselves. While listed as Administration, these expenses form a critical support for the values and unique vision of our Church. One example is our diocesan subsidy for the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), best known for its staunch defense of the sanctity of life from womb to tomb. During this past legislative session, it also provided a Catholic critique of many proposals. The MCC was instrumental in the passage of legislation allowing our Catholic high schools to participate in the A+ scholarship program and a significant bill to combat human trafficking.
Walking together, we belong to each other and care for each other. Some of the various ways we exercise this care fit into the category of Other. For example, Catholic Charities ($250,000) is one way. Like most dioceses in the country, we give an annual contribution to this agency that assists the poor, the imprisoned, and those whose lives have been upended by natural disaster or some other catastrophic event. Parish assistance ($150,000) provides a helping hand to faith communities having a difficult time meeting their needs. Senior communities ($18,500) is primarily our ongoing support of our Carmelite Sisters.
Office of Mission Advancement
Mark Saucier and Deacon Dan Joyce
2207 West Main St, PO Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900