On January 18, 2017, Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone, announced the opening of the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal with a goal of $11 million dollars.
The annual Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith. The theme for this year’s Appeal is “Finite Time. Infinite Good” and the patron saint is St. Marianne Cope.
Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive human service provider in the region, serving people of all ages, races, faiths, and walks of life. The organization impacted the lives of more than 152,000 individuals—Catholics and non-Catholics alike—over the past year.
Two important dates during the 2017 Appeal include First Report Sunday on April 2 and the culmination of Appeal Week on Palm Sunday, April 9.
Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need since its founding in 1923. That need is varied and widespread—from emergency assistance to counseling and from specialized services for the elderly to help with job training and education. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives.
Next weekend Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo will be speaking to us about the need to support Catholic Charities in its mission to those in need in Western New York.