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CURRENT ISSUE:  December 13, 2010
VOL. 48, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
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“Many Generations, Stewards of One Faith” is the theme of the 2011 Bishop’s Appeal, which begins in mid-January with training for pastors, parish staff members and volunteers.

Through the 2011 theme, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is calling Catholics to stewardship, to take their place in the legacy of Catholic tradition of making God known to more people.

Noting that the roots of stewardship go back to Genesis, the bishop said that everything we have received is a gift from God. “It is a tremendous gift to us to lead others to God by sharing of our time, talent and treasure,” the bishop said.

In raising funds to help carry out the essential ministries of the diocese, the campaign aims to reinforce the idea that the diocese is not a building in Oakland, but the Church itself, and that what flows from the parishes to the diocese returns as services.

Pastors, parish staff members and lay leaders will be invited to attend one of five meetings throughout the diocese between Jan. 12 and 21 to learn details about the campaign that will better assist them in communicating its goals to their parishioners. In addition to materials in the church pews, registered parishioners should expect to receive a mailing as the campaign dates draw nearer.

People will be invited, over the course of four weekends in late January and February, to make a commitment to carry on the work of the church.

The goal for this year’s campaign remains $2.1 million — the same as the past four years.

The appeal is centered on supporting four areas of programs and services: Catholic education and formation; clergy formation and retirement; pastoral, youth and family ministries; and support for parishes in need.

• Catholic education and formation brings the faith to almost 45,000 children and adults annually, including more than 17,000 in Catholic schools. This area provides support for faith formation within the parishes, as well as evangelization and catechesis.

• The clergy portion of the program provides support for the permanent deaconate program, as well as sabbatical studies and continuing education for the diocese’s priests. It also assists with seminarian education and formation — 29 men are continuing their training for the priesthood — and support for priests in retirement and in long-term care.

• The pastoral, youth and family ministries reach out to parishioners of all ages, encompassing the Safe Environment Program, CYO operation, where 16,000 children participated in five sports last year, youth ministries, marriage prep, ethnic pastoral centers and stewardship, among other programs.

• Parishes with great needs receive assistance through a seismic retrofit program, capital expenditure grants and operating subsidies.

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