A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
As with the Apostles, the first missionaries of Christ’s message of hope, we are called to proclaim that “He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:6). Pope Francis in his World Mission Day 2021 message reminds us of our call to proclaim the love of Christ. Even in times of persecution and hardship, the Apostles and first Christians fervently declared Christ’s hope. We can look to these brave and faithful men and women as examples, especially during whatever trying times we and our families may face.
Missionaries provide hope and care to people experiencing Christ for the first time and to Christians who may be isolated or facing great challenges. Responding to the Mission Appeal is an opportunity for reaffirming that our prayer, reflection and material donations are, as Pope Francis says, ways “to show compassion, the ‘sacramental’ of God’s closeness to us, a closeness that abandons no one along the side of the road.”
Our annual Mission Appeal is the last of the three combined appeals provided throughout the year (the National Appeal is in January, and the International Appeal is in March). This Mission Appeal supports several important efforts in the Church in one combined collection. Instead of separate parish collections for World Mission Sunday; Missions in the United States; the Church in Latin America; and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, this one opportunity allows you to support them, the Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension and our needy Catholic elementary schools, all at once.
As we reflect on the hope of Christ, may we be inspired and moved with gratitude for those who generously and joyously bring the Gospel to all places and people. “To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis says. Through this combined Mission appeal, we can reach out to others and answer God’s call.
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity in support of this appeal!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
The Mission Appeal Supports:
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work and witness of these churches to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $40,591.
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION
The Black and Indian Mission Collection (BIMC) provides helpful grants to dioceses across the country to operate schools, parishes, and other missionary services that build the Body of Christ in Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $26,109.
THE CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal funds important pastoral projects in our poorer dioceses, where there are not enough resources to provide evangelization, religious education, and ministry training to their faithful. More than 40% of dioceses in the United States are considered home missions. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $26,109.
CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
This part of the appeal is a special way for you to assist the Diocese of Rockford in supporting schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become financially viable. Thanks to your generous gifts, we gave $140,000 to needy schools in our Diocese last year!
MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH (SPF)
Would you consider making an extra special commitment to the missionary work of the Church as a member of the Propagation of the Faith? As a member, you will pray daily for the Church’s missionary work, offer your personal cross in union with the suffering of Christ for the redemption of unknown men and women, and donate financially whenever you can during the year.
By designating this appeal on the Mission Appeal envelope, your name and address will be sent to the National SPF Office. Last year $4,809 was contributed.
THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA
Religious sisters and nuns serving in Latin America are among those supported by this appeal. They are the very heart of the Church. By supporting their material and educational needs, you help them give their gifts of selfless prayer and service to the Church and to the entire world. Your generosity ensures that their mission to children and entire families continues into the future. From this collection, $19,668 was sent to the US Bishops’ Office for Latin America last year.
THE CHURCH IN AFRICA
This appeal supports the Church in African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
The Church in Africa is growing rapidly, but often there are not enough local resources to provide pastoral care for all the communities. The Church in this part of the world needs your help to ensure that all the faithful have access to resources to help them grow in the faith. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $23,478.
ROCKFORD DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ PENSION
After devoting their lives to bringing people closer to Christ, priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, n retirement our i more. With gratitude counselors, ministers to the sick and much for their years of faithful ministry, the Diocese has a Priests’ Plan to support our 41 currently retired priests and those Pension that will retire in the future.
Monsignor Daniel J. Hermes, S.T.L. was ordained 52 years ago and retired in 2018. While in active priestly ministry, Monsignor Hermes served at various parishes as a pastor, assisted at the Newman Student Center in DeKalb, and held numerous leadership roles in We thank you, Monsignor Hermes, and all the Diocese of Rockford. our priests for your continued faithful service in retirement. Last year, the faithful of our Diocese contributed $155,192.