This year St. Louis Church was involved in the historic effort called Upon This Rock and for this reason did not conduct a separate Catholic Charities Appeal. Our support of Catholic Charities was through the Upon This Rock effort. Catholic Charities is guaranteed to receive $129,000 through St. Louis Church toward the $11 million dollar goal for the 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The Appeal, which officially began January 6, helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs and services across 61 sites in Western New York along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.
There are those who have chosen to give directly to Catholic Charities outside of the Upon This Rock Program. Those donations plus our Upon This Rock donations have continued to grow helping the Catholic Charities Appeal to reach its goal.
The 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal will close this week on June 30th. Catholic Charities has raised 99% of its goal and only needs about $112,000 to meet this year’s goal. There are still a few short days left if anyone would like to donate to Catholic Charities. A donation can be made directly to Catholic Charities.
Thank you once again for your generous support of St. Louis Church, Catholic Charities, the Church in Western New York and the Diocese of Buffalo. Let us continue to pray in thanksgiving to God for giving us a generous heart by which we can prepare for the future of the Church in Western New York.