For the Universal Church
A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
Our abstinence and fasting during this holy season of Lent serve as a reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for humanity. Our sacrifices also remind us that there are people who suffer daily from hunger, violence, and atrocities from war. The 2020 International Appeal to be held on March 14-15 in diocesan parishes gives us an opportunity to help others this Lent.
This International Appeal is the second of our three diocesan combined collections in 2020 that support the Universal Church. It allows you to support your choice of one or more charitable efforts at one time.
Catholic Relief Services is part of this appeal. CRS works through established programs to be among the first responders in disastrous situations across the globe. CRS also develops innovative solutions to bring relief to poor and marginalized people around the world.
Another beneficiary of this appeal is the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This particular effort supports the Church in more than 20 countries that are continuing to rebuild after years of oppressive communist rule.
As always, this is an occasion to contribute to the pensions of retired diocesan priests who have faithfully served us and our families, and to support our diocesan Catholic elementary schools.
In this International Appeal, we have the opportunity to stand with the Church in Her works of mercy and charity. Please be generous as you prayerfully consider your contribution.
With prayers for God’s blessings upon you this Lenten season,
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
The International Appeal Supports:
The Peter’s Pence Collection provides the Holy Father with funds he can use to respond to needs around the world. The proceeds will benefit victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Last year, the people of our Diocese contributed $171,232 to this collection.
Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRS)
Your support for this collection gives aid to victims of persecution and natural disasters, provides legal services to poor immigrants, and advocates for the powerless. The reach of CRS spans the globe, helping an array of families on every continent by addressing a myriad of needs. Last year, $69,958 was distributed to this collection.
Aid to the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe
The fall of communism occurred over 25 years ago, but the Church still works to rebuild after years of oppressive rule. Many churches in this region were confiscated or destroyed, which left the faithful without places to worship or to find pastoral support. Your support of this collection helps rebuild churches, supports seminary programs, promotes ministries and education for children and families, and renews community life. Last year the faithful of the diocese contributed $20,440 to this collection.
Worldwide and U.S. Disaster Relief Fund Rockford Diocese Response
Whenever a natural disaster occurs and/or a significant need develops, Most Reverend David J. Malloy receives numerous petitions for financial assistance from the affected areas, the USCCB, or from news reports of natural disasters. With the creation of this fund, he has resources available to respond on behalf of the people of the Rockford Diocese. This past year, Bishop Malloy distributed a total of $25,000 to aid the Hurricane Dorian victims.
Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension Plan
Our priests devote their lives to bringing people closer to Christ. In retirement many of our priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors and ministers to the sick, and provide other pastoral support. With gratitude for their years of faithful ministry, the diocese has a Priests’ Pension to support our 48 currently retired priests and those who will retire in the future.
Rev. J. Robert Camacho has served in our diocese for 41 years. He continues to provide sacramental assistance to parishes, encourages Hispanic vocations, and supports Hispanic ministry in his retirement. We thank you, Father Camacho, and all our priests for your continued faithful service in retirement.
Last year, the faithful of our diocese contributed $130,716.
To make your donation on-line, please visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford
Your prayerful support and donations will help underprivileged schools in the Diocese of Rockford to continue to educate and provide religious and moral formation to their students. Thanks to your generosity, this collection provided $98,795 to needy schools in our diocese last year.
For more information or to donate visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate