PROVIDENCE — The 2021 Catholic Charity Appeal is officially underway in the Diocese of Providence.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has reached out to those who have donated in the past, asking that they — in these especially difficult times — be as generous as they possibly can be once again this year, reminding donors of Pope Francis’ message that “charity is the high road of the journey of faith.”
“Despite the challenges of the pandemic … I am proud to say that the charitable work of the Church — the mission that Jesus has entrusted to us — continues unabated every day throughout the Diocese of Providence. The needs of our brothers and sisters, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, remain, and in fact have increased, and thus we are all called to action now, as much as ever. Our compassion is an expression of faith and a proclamation of hope for our troubled times,” Bishop Tobin wrote in a letter sent to prospective donors in recent days.
The diocese has established a goal for this year’s Appeal of $6.8 million, less than its 2020 goal of $7.3 million. To create this year’s goal, a reduction was applied to every parish’s target for the 2021 Appeal.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Appeal was extended until the fall. As a result, the Office of Stewardship and Development has rescheduled the normal In-Pew Parish Weekends from March to April for this year’s campaign, although anyone ready to make a gift can do so at any time.
With its theme this year “Our Faith and Hope in Charity,” the annual Appeal provides vital financial support for about three dozen diocesan ministries, including those providing crucial outreach in the areas of ministerial, community and pastoral services, along with Catholic education, spiritual formation and evangelization.
Diocesan Director of Stewardship and Development Tim McCaig said that the Catholic Charity Appeal is a very tangible way for the faithful to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.
“Every donation to the Appeal is an act of hope, and an act of faith. Sharing our gifts provides a lifeline to so many people who have nowhere else to turn,” McCaig said.
“In addition to supporting programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter, the Appeal also funds so many other important works of the Church,” he noted, including Catholic Youth Ministry, Multicultural Ministry, Special Religious Education (SPRED), Life and Family Ministry to protect life at all stages, the diocesan St. Martin de Porres senior center, Seminarian Education and Health Care Ministry.
McCaig added that the generosity of donors makes all this important outreach possible.
“Their support has been tremendous throughout the pandemic. There is no other way to say it, their contributions change and impact lives. We hope and pray they will continue to support the work of the church, through the Appeal, in 2021. We are so grateful to them and those that have given their time and talent in service as volunteers, as well,” he said.
For more information about the 30+ programs that are funded through the campaign, or to donate to the Catholic Charity Appeal, please visit givecentral.org/2021CCA to make your gift securely online.