I would like to use this bulletin column to reflect on the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Everyone should have received from Bishop Pate information about this year’s appeal. There you will find the many different works that are carried out through the financial gifts given to the Appeal each year. The Bishop is inviting us to share in the work of the diocesan church through our gift to the Annual Appeal. This year’s goal for each parish is based on a three year average of our income and that amount is a percentage of the total budget of the diocese, which gives us the percentage of the Annual Appeal Goal of $4,314,659 million. The goal for St. Mary’s is $20,840 and St. Patrick’s it is $9,192. It is the perfect time for us who belong to the Diocese of Des Moines to make a sacrifice of our treasure to ensure that the good work of the church will continue. Bishop Pates is working hard to raise up future vocations and to make sure the needs of the poor are assisted through Catholic Charities. We must not forget needs of the retired priest who have served our parishes as well. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider a pledge to the ADA. All gifts are important, large and small. Any sacrifice an individual or family make will be rewarded, for God will not be outdone in generosity. I would like to also say thank you for your commitment to the parishes by the sacrifices, prayers, and participation at Mass. Together we can achieve much and together we will make an effort to help the Kingdom of God be revealed through the good works of the Annual Diocesan Appeal.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION What is my responsibility to help the Church? Am I a good steward of my time, talent, and treasure? What more is there that I can be doing? What sacrifices am I to make for my family, my parish, my diocese?