For the Universal Church
A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
“I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission,” says Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day 2019. “Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love,” he says, adding that “the Church is on mission in the world.”
This annual Mission Appeal supports several fruitful 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 will allow you to support them all, plus the Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension and our needy Catholic elementary schools.
The Mission Appeal will support those whom Pope Francis calls “men and women who, by virtue of their baptism, respond generously to the call to leave behind home, family, country, language and local Church, and to be sent forth to the nations, to a world not yet transformed by the sacraments of Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.”
Each of us is called to proclaim our faith and encourage others, near and far, to grow closer to our Lord. Through this combined appeal, we can join all of these mission-driven efforts and say yes to God’s call to spread His good news.
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity in support of this worthy 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 $56,696.
Missions in the United States
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. Visit: www.usccb.org for more information. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $31,626.
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. For more information, visit their website: www.blackandindianmission.org.
The Church in Latin America
For many in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain and a shortage of Catholic ministers present obstacles to practicing the faith. Your support to this collection provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, and other programs to share our faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ. From this collection, $21,319 was sent to the US Bishops’ Office for Latin America last year. Visit their website: www.usccb.org/latinamerica.
The Church in Africa
The Church in Africa is growing rapidly, but often there are not enough local resources to provide pastoral care for all the communities. The fund supports pastoral projects that strengthen communities in their faith and foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension. With your help, last year the Diocese distributed $28,732.
Visit their website: www.usccb.org/churchinafrica
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? Please 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 $5,420 was contributed.
Please visit: http://www.propfaith.net/onefamilyinmission/default.aspx for further information.
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support
To ensure that we maintain the opportunity for parents to enroll their children in the excellent Catholic elementary schools within our Diocese, we have created 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 $132,975 to needy schools in our Diocese last year!
For more information or to donate visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate
Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension
Our priests devote their lives to bringing people closer to Christ, and in retirement, our priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors, ministers to the sick and much more. With gratitude for their years of faithful ministry, the Diocese has a Priests’ Pension Plan to support our 51 currently retired priests and those that will retire in the future.
Reverend Donald M. Ahles served in active priestly ministry in our Diocese for more than 48 years. Since retirement he assists the pastors in celebrating the sacraments in parishes, presents at Mission talks in the Diocese, and he is a speaker for his favorite charitable agency. We thank you, Father Ahles and all our priests for your continued faithful service in retirement. Last year, the faithful of our Diocese contributed $153,822.
To make your donation on-line, please visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate