The Annual Catholic Appeal is about being Catholic and recognizing there are priests and deacons to be trained, social services for the needy and poor to be offered, Catholic schools to sustain and grow, retired priests and nuns to support and so much more! The Annual Appeal allows you to join thousands of Catholics to support these needs.
Click the button below to make your donation now or read more below to learn about Annual Catholic Appeal 2016.
What does the Annual Catholic Appeal Support?
The Annual Appeal is an Archdiocesan campaign that reminds Catholics that we are part of the larger Church and not just the local parish. By all parishes working together to provide support to over 60 ministries and services throughout Western Washington, we are accomplishing what we cannot do alone.
How does the Annual Appeal differ from my Parish Stewardship Giving?
Both Annual Catholic Appeal and Sacrificial Giving (also know as Parish Stewardship Giving) are part of Christian Stewardship— Stewardship of Treasure. Stewardship is a way of life, not a program that has a beginning and an end. Stewardship calls us to share a portion of our TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE so that the Good News of Jesus Christ may be shared with those who do not know Him.
What Ministries Does My Gift Support?
There are 175 parishes and missions in the Archdiocese, serving 579,500 Catholics. When you give a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, your money goes to support over 60 ministries and services.
Some of the ministries supported by your gift include:
- Catholic Faith Formation
- Multicultural Ministries
- Catholic Youth Organization
- Catholic Schools
- Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
- Sisters’ Retirement
- Catholic Community Services
- Retired Priests’ Medical Care & Priests’ Pension
- Seminarian Formation
- Diaconate & Religious Life
- Lay Ecclesial Ministry
How Does Saint Patrick Catholic Church Benefit?
Parishes are direct recipients of the ministries and services supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal. In addition, any money received exceeding the parish assigned goal is returned through a rebate to the parish to use for a stated project or as needed.
How Much Should I Give to the ACA?
Consider donating 1% of your income to support the Church in Western Washington through the Annual Catholic Appeal.The average gift to the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal was $355. If you are able to participate this year, would you consider a gift of $1 a day or an annual gift of $365 or more?
Gifts of any amount are welcome and your gift will make a difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors— Catholic and non-Catholic alike. If you are unable to give a monetary gift, consider giving the gift of prayer— which you can indicate on your pledge card.
How is My Dollar Allocated?
For every dollar contributed to the Annual Catholic Appeal:
74¢ goes to Ministries & Service
19¢ goes to Parish Rebates
7¢ goes to Appeal Expenses
2016 Annual Catholic Appeal
The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal kicked off with the arrival of Archbishop Sartain’s letter in home mail box the week of April 11, 2016. A letter from Saint Patrick Catholic Church’s Pastoral Coordinator, Kevin Lovejoy followed the week of April 25.
Saint Patrick Catholic Church hosted 2016 ACA Witness Speaker Weekend— April 30 – May 1, 2016. Garry FitzGerald, long-time parishioner and the new leader of the Health Minsitry at Saint Patrick Catholic Church provided his testimony on why all Catholics should prayerful consider a gift to the 2016 ACA. Nancy Jaenicke, parishioner will share why she supports the ACA in her Ministry Minute during the campaign.
Listen to Garry FitzGerald’s witness talk for the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (7 minute mark) and Kevin Lovejoy’s closing remarks.
Download the text to Garry Fitzgerald’s 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal Witness Talk.
ACA Goals Are Multilayered
This year Saint Patrick Catholic Church’s goal is to increase giving and the number or people giving by 10%. Saint Patrick Catholic Church’s portion of the $11.5 million Archdiocesan goal for the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal is $118,416. Last year 434 donors raised over $121,000. This year our goal is to increase our numbers by 5% to 456 donors generously supporting ACA. Our true goal is 100% parishioner participation— 1100 donors— whether it is a financial gift or a gift of prayer.
Not only does Saint Patrick Catholic Church want to increase the overall number of donors, we also want to increase the over all gifts received online using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop— internet/mobile gifts. By making your donation online— you save the parish time and money— because the donation is received directly by the ACA office at the Archdiocese of Seattle. There is no lag time and your donation will be received and recognized in parish communications quickly since there is no delay in processing.
In addition to receiving your gifts online— we ask that you make your donation early— and save the parish the time and cost of follow-up mailings.
Thank You for Your Support of ACA
Your support is essential to our mission and the mission of the overall Church – without YOU, there would be no Church. Thanks to your generosity, our Church is here in times of need providing comfort and hope.
In addition, if the goal number is achieved and exceeded, the faith community will realize a few benefits too. Contributions above our parish goal of $118,416 will stay in the parish in the form of a rebate from the Seattle Archdiocese.
The rebate will be used to improve handicap accessibility at the Church. Two additional handicap door openers would be installed— one for the door entering the main sanctuary of the Church and the other for the door to the ground floor entrance off the handicapped accessible parking, by the elevator.
Together we will continue to accomplish great things in the name of our Lord and His people at Saint Patrick Catholic Church— ensuring that all are welcome by way of these enhancements.
WE Did It!
As of February 2017, 442 donors have pledged $127, 760 to the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal helping Saint Patrick Catholic Church to achieve nearly 108% of the $118,416 goal established for the parish by the Seattle Archdiocese.
In addition, we surpassed our $500 goal in matching donations. Thank you Bob and Karen and to the donors who made their generous gifts to help the parish earn the match from the Bruback’s.
Bob and Karen have given their gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal some time ago, along with over 400 other donors. After further discernment, the Brubacks graciously pledged that they would provide an additional gift; a match to donations made to the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal, up to a total of $500.
Saint Patrick Catholic Church has mets its goal in pledges, yet those pledges still need to be fulfilled if we are to receive a rebate and ensure that we do not fall short of our goal. Falling short of the goal, results in a need to remit a payment to the Seattle Archdiocese from our parish savings.
The latest report from the Seattle Archdiocese indicates 92% of our 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal pledges have been fulfilled, meeting out $118,000 commitment to the Archdiocese.
What does that mean? It means all payments received after February 24, 2017 will be refunded directly to Saint Patrick Catholic Church to fund the installation of two additional handicap doors—one near the elevator and another into the main church to improve handicap accessibility. If all remaining pledges are fulfilled, the parish will receive a rebate check for $9,300.
If you have not yet fulfilled your pledge, please do so by April 30, 2017. Then get a matching donation from your comany so that we can improve accessibility to our parish for all. Our parish rebate project carries a price tag of $20,000. We have a ways to go!