What is the Annual Catholic Appeal?
The Annual Catholic Appeal is our chance to participate in the ministry of the “wider Church” in Western Washington—the Archdiocese of Seattle. The Archdiocese serves 19 counties covering 25,000 square miles, ministering to over 600,000 registered Catholics in 175 parishes and missions. With our pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal, we help fund over 60 programs and services of the Archdiocese. We work together as a larger Church to accomplish what we cannot do alone as a single parish.
What does the Annual Catholic Appeal mean for Sacred Heart Parish?
This year, our parish goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal is $211,000. We’d like to raise an additional $30,000 over that goal for our new Capital Maintenance and Improvement Budget. History has shown that we usually exceed our goal by an average of $30,000 (over the last ten years) with the overage returning to Sacred Heart in the form of a rebate. We’ve used that rebate to accomplish a number of facility improvements over the years.
How do I/we participate?
—Make a pledge on-line.
—Be sure to indicate that your gift is for Sacred Heart, Bellevue.
—Your pledge can be paid over a ten month period by cash, check, EFT, debit/credit card, or stock.
How much should I/we give?
Last year at Sacred Heart, 403 parish households pledged an average of $571 to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our goal this year is to increase the number of parish households that pledge to the appeal. If you have not pledged before, this is the year to start, and we would encourage an initial gift of at least $365 or $1 a day for the ministries of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. However, every pledge, big or small, is gratefully received, deeply appreciated, and vital if we are to make our goal. The important thing is that every household participate. Your gift makes everything possible.