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CURRENT ISSUE:  February 6, 2012
VOL. 50, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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The Bishop’s Appeal for 2012, the annual fundraising drive whose monies help fund schools, social services, seminarian education and more, has begun with presentations at Masses Feb. 4 and 5.

The weekend was devoted to educating Catholics about the appeal, using videos, parish bulletins, speakers at Masses, a mailing and more.

The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 will be Commitment Weekend, and March and April will be times for further education and pledges to be given for the appeal.

Get involved

For more information:

Development Department, Diocese of Oakland, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland 94612


For the first time in memory in 2011, the appeal made its goal — raising $2.1 million. The same goal has been set for 2012, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the diocese, which comprises the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. The annual appeal begins Feb. 1 and continues through Jan. 31.

Among many efforts, the appeal is an opportunity for all parishioners in the diocese to support these vital ministries:

• Marriage preparation, youth and ethnic centers.

• Grants and subsidies to Catholic schools and parishes in need of seismic retrofitting.

• Religious education and evangelization.

• Seminarian education, priest retirement and the diaconate program.

Pledge officials note contributions are tax-deductible, and are not legally binding, but an indication of intent. The funds are used for specific ministries. None of the money is used to pay lawsuits or legal settlements.

“The Bishop’s Appeal is instrumental for continued diocesan ministries,” wrote Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in a letter to East Bay Catholics in January. “But its success depends on you.

“Please consider a pledge of financial support,” he wrote. “Every gift of every size is needed, and greatly appreciated.”

For the 2011 appeal, more than 13,000 households, about 8 percent of the diocese’s families, made a contribution. Of the diocese’s 84 parishes, 45 exceeded their parish goal. All funds collected over a parish’s goal are returned directly to the parish for its own uses. For 2011, more than $200,000 was rebated to individual parishes, reported Meegan L. Wright, vice president at Guidance In Giving Inc., which manages the appeal.

“We are strong in numbers with over 550,000 parishioners and 170,000 families all playing a vital role in our mission to spread the Gospel and to make Christ visible in our lives,” Bishop Cordileone wrote.

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