| Annual Bishop's Appeal hits record in 2014
The 2014 Bishop's Appeal, the annual fundraising effort to assist Catholic services, set a record $2.8 million in donations and pledges.
"We exceeded our goal of $2.5 million with $2.8 million raised, 12 percent over goal, and a 40 percent increase from 2012," said Ken Hokenson, director of the Diocese of Oakland's Office for Mission Advancement.
"On behalf of the more than two dozen ministries and programs in the diocese that depend on the Appeal, thank you," he said. "Your generosity enables the continued efforts of the diocese to know Christ better and make Him better known."
A record 61 of the Diocese of Oakland's 84 parishes met or exceeded their goal.
In contrast, the adjacent Diocese of San Jose to our south, with slightly more Catholics (600,000 vs. our 550,000) in fewer parishes (54 vs. our 84), had a goal of $5.8 million and raised $7.3 million in its similar Annual Diocesan Appeal. In San Jose, 52 of 54 parishes exceeded goals.
All funds collected from a parish in excess of its Bishop's Appeal goal are returned directly to the parish for its own uses. All these parishes have already received their rebates.
The appeal helps pay for programs critical to the life of the diocese, including seminarian education, priest retirement, Catholic education, emergency parish repairs and social services. All funds are used for specific ministries. None of the money is used to pay lawsuits or legal settlements.
It should not be confused with the current diocesan Capital Campaign — Reclaiming Christ's Mission Together, which will assist major capital undertakings or endowment building.
The daily operations of ministries and programs supported by the Bishop's Appeal will be funded through the capital campaign in 2015; the traditional Bishop's Appeal will return in 2016.
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