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placeholder March 26, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Bishop's Appeal nets $1.4M,

The Bishop's Appeal, the annual fundraising drive whose monies help fund schools, social services, seminarian education and more, has garnered $1.4 million in donations and pledges — 60 percent of its $2.1 million goal — within a month of kicking off.

Nine of the diocese's 84 parishes have reached or passed their individual goals. All funds collected over a parish's goal are returned directly to the parish for its own uses. For the 2011 appeal, more than $220,000 was rebated to individual parishes.

Parishes over goal
(As of March 19)

• Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland

• Christ the King, Pleasant Hill

• Church of the Assumption, San Leandro

• St. Anne, Union City

• St. Callistus, El Sobrante

• St. Clement, Hayward

• St. James the Apostle, Fremont

• St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon

• St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez
"We're ahead of last year," said Meegan L. Wright, vice president at Guidance In Giving Inc., which manages the appeal.

Reasons for the better performance include better promotion by pastors, that parishes and the diocese are working well together in the submission of gifts making processing of donations faster, and that more people are joining the Regina Mundi Society, a group whose donors give $1,000 or more. Of the 249 active Regina Mundi members for 2012, Wright said 57 new donors have joined the society this year, and of those, 17 have never given to the appeal before.

The appeal has reached 60 percent of its goal with offerings from a very small percentage of the diocese's 170,000 Catholic families, Wright said. "It's incredible to think of what we could do if everyone joined in this effort."

Among many efforts, the appeal is an opportunity for all parishioners in the diocese to support these vital ministries:
• Marriage preparation and youth ministry and CYO operations.
• 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.

For more information: Bishop's Appeal Office,
Diocese of Oakland, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland 94612
Over the next few weeks, pastors will renew efforts to tell the story of how necessary the appeal is.

There's an 8-minute video highlighting the ministries and services of the diocese. It is available on the diocesan website, www.oakdiocese.org.

Appeal 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.

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