“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
The theme for the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Renewing Hope.” This theme is one of compassion, hope, and love. As disciples we are called to trust in Jesus’ mercy, to trust in his patience, to seek refuge always in his love. Jesus invites us to recognize him in the poor, in those who suffer, and those in need. We encounter God’s love when we express mercy and compassion, through stewardship, service, and sacrifice.
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports those who attend Catholic school, the formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of Young Adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.
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Thank You for Your Support!
If you have already supported us, we sincerely thank you for your wonderful and generous gift toward the Annual Catholic Appeal. A gift to the Appeal is always a gift to the parish. Because of your joyful generosity, our parish community remains vibrantly united with the entire Church and is able to be more Alive in Christ!
Thank you so much! Our hearts overflow with gratitude and thankfulness for the prompt and gracious response from so many of our faith-filled families. May God bless you abundantly always!
Parish-based and diocesan schools are assisted in their staff development, enrollment initiatives, and mission advancement efforts as they strive to provide affordable and accessible education to every child and family who desires it, regardless of background, neighborhood, family income, or culture.
Following the example of Jesus who “came not to be served but to serve”, Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity. The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
Clergy Formation and Support
The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports Priestly Formation, the pastoral care of active and retired priests, and the preparation and ongoing formation of Permanent Deacons.
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministries, and the Diocesan Institute. These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministry Coordinators, catechists, and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults.
A Letter From the Bishop
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This past year has been a time of deep hardship and struggles for all of us. And yet we stand today with a profound sense of hope, in the vaccines that will be capable of delivering us from the darkness of pandemic.
For us as disciples of Jesus Christ, hope is the light that guides our pilgrim journey on this earth. The hope that springs from the love of a God who loves each of us personally and intimately with the grace that knows no bounds. The hope which lies in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The hope that lies in the life of the Church which sustains us and nurtures us with the sacramental life and the call of the Gospel.
It is so appropriate that the theme of our Annual Catholic Appeal this year is “Renewing Hope.” The work of the diocese of San Diego in the coming months will indeed be to reawaken and strengthen hope as we move out of pandemic and into a genuine renewal of the life of the Church in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
This reawakening will take place through our parishes, schools, families, and in our outreach to the needy and the marginalized in our midst. For this reason, the funds for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year will go to the formation of and care for our priests, who shepherd our parishes in this time of suffering and renewal. They will support our Catholic schools and faith formation programs, which bring hope and faith to our young people. The Appeal will support our office of marriage, family life, and spirituality in its focus on strengthening the family at this key moment in our history. And the Appeal will help Catholic Charities to reach out to those who have suffered most greatly from the social and economic devastation of the past year.
In our Annual Catholic Appeal, you will be bringing hope to our young people and families, to our parish communities, and to our world. I ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this splendid work of the Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Bishop
Robert W. McElroy
Bishop of San Diego
and Imperial Counties