2018 Catholic Charities Appeal:
The Fall River Diocese’s 77th annual Catholic Charities Appeal will begin in parishes throughout southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands on May 1.
Proceeds from the Appeal fund diocesan charitable services and programs that provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, advocacy support and faith formation.
The Catholic Charities Appeal supports a Catholic Social Services network of regional offices that sponsor emergency shelter and transitional housing, basic needs assistance, food pantries and vouchers, pregnancy and parenting support, foster care, refugee resettlement, advocacy programs for persons with disabilities and for immigrants, and crisis intervention.
Other Catholic Charities Appeal-financed services and ministries include hospital chaplaincy, summer day camp for handicapped children, family resources, campus ministry, CYO, and the Television Mass and Rainbows, a program for grieving children.
The Appeal is the one and only time during the year when the diocese asks for financial help to fund its charitable agencies and programs, which are open to anyone regardless of creed, race, nationality, gender or economic status. It maintains a low administrative expense ratio: 94 cents of every dollar contributed is directed to the services and programs funded by the Appeal.
Last year the Catholic Charities Appeal raised $4,785,415, the highest total in its 76-year history and the highest total recorded from parishioner donations.
The 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal will run through June 27. Additional information is available on the Catholic Charities website, www.frdioc-catholiccharities.org. Contributions may be made either through a one-time donation or through a pledge, which can be paid over ten months. Donations may be dropped off at any parish in the diocese, made through the website, or mailed to the Catholic Charities Appeal Office, P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722. Please contact that office at 508-675-1311 with any questions.