Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. of the Diocese of Youngstown is asking all Catholic households to join him this year by participating in the 2019 Annual Bishop’s Appeal.
Bishop Murry has set the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal goal to achieve 100% participation. He is asking all our diocesan households to help our Church Family continue its important ministries to our brothers and sisters in need. There are three ways in which households can participate: by making a financial gift; by praying for our Diocese and the Appeal; and by volunteering in a parish or diocesan ministry. Bishop Murry also stated a financial need of $4.2 million to ensure that all of our ministries continue to be available in the coming year. With this level of commitment to the Appeal, over 50,000 individuals throughout our six-county diocese will benefit from services and ministries ranging from assistance with food, utilities and housing, to faith formation, evangelization and social services. The Diocese of Youngstown encompasses Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull Counties.
The majority of the funds generated through the Annual Appeal directly benefit the services provided by Catholic Charities. For every dollar raised for Charities through the Appeal, an additional two dollars is leveraged through other grants, contracts, and other revenue sources. While the vast majority of Appeal dollars are donated by Catholic households, Catholic Charities serves all qualifying individuals, as resources allow, regardless of their religious affiliation.
Other ministries supported by the Annual Bishop’s Appeal include the following offices: Pro-Life and Family, Evangelization and Lay Formation, Vocations, Tribunal, Social Concerns, Hispanic Ministry, Youth and Young Adult, Seminarian Formation, Catholic Television Network and the Office of Religious Education.
Bishop Murry has challenged the Church to be supportive of all people “who are searching.” “The hungry and homeless are searching for food and shelter; the faithful are looking to deepen and strengthen their faith; and our youth are seeking to live as committed disciples in a challenging world,” Bishop Murry states. In all of these instances, their search leads them to ministries offered by our Diocesan Church Family.
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal will be announced in parishes the weekend of March 2 – 3, with commitment weekend being celebrated the following weekend, March 9 – 10. The Appeal will continue throughout the Lenten and Easter Seasons, concluding on Pentecost Sunday, June 9.
For more information, visit www.doy.org, or contact Mr. Stephen Carattini, Director for Social Concerns, at 330-744-8451.