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 nearly 30,000 square miles, ministering to over 600,000 registered Catholics in 172 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 Capital Maintenance and Improvement Budget. When we exceed our goal, the overage returns to Sacred Heart in the form of a rebate. Our rebate from the 2018 appeal was over $33,000. In recent years, we’ve used that rebate to accomplish a number of facility improvements.
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. The archdiocese will send reminders.
What will happen in May?
- First, next weekend, May 4-5, parishioner Douglas Withers, will speak at all Masses about this year’s appeal and ask for your pledge. Douglas also spoke last year.
- Second, on May 18-19, our Pastoral Coordinator, Deacon Sam, will speak at all Masses, giving his insights on the appeal and inviting your participation.
How much should I/we give?
Last year at Sacred Heart, 367 parish households gave an average of $670 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.
Have you ever wanted to see the hands, faces, and places of the Annual Catholic Appeal in Western Washington? Your Church supports many ministries and services throughout the Archdiocese – made possible by YOU! Watch the video now