Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL, “MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is the primary vehicle which enables the diocese to fund various programs, services, and ministries throughout the diocese and within our parishes. Above all else, The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is your opportunity to join your diocesan family in supporting the work of Christ in the local Church. The Appeal is the foundation of the diocese, upon which all of our ministries are built. Without a solid foundation to fund these important programs and ministries, we simply cannot grow or thrive.
CAN I MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL INSTEAD OF MAKING A PLEDGE?
Certainly! Participation is the most important component of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We ask that you consider a gift or pledge that reflects the blessings God has provided for you. Remember, it is equal sacrifice not necessarily equal giving.
CAN I MAKE A RECURRING, MONTHLY GIFT TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL?
Yes! New this year is the option to give to “Our Mission Monthly,” an ongoing, recurring monthly gift. Instead of a pledge with a definite end date, a gift to “Our Mission Monthly” allows the donor to givean electronic, recurring gift that continues year after year to the Appeal. This saves the Diocese of Tyler money and resources and it saves the donor time and the hassle of remembering to make a payment on a pledge.
IS MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL PART OF MY TITHE TO THE CHURCH?
The vision of Bishop Strickland is to evangelize, and he strongly encourages parishioners to work towards giving a full tithe of 10% to God as the Creator and Giver of all things adding that he also encourages the sharing of our time, talent and treasure in gratitude. A good recommendation is that you contribute 5% to your parish, 4% to other causes and faith based ministries and 1% to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL?
God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents and abilities which are to be shared responsibly and wisely with others. Faithful stewardship is more than occasional acts of charity and service. It is a way of life, a commitment to giving of our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received from God. We are continuously challenged to make our financial gifts from our substance, not our abundance, in proportion to the blessings we have received.
IS MY PLEDGE LEGALLY BINDING?
No. A pledge is a commitment made under a particular set of circumstances. If those circumstances change, you may adjust the pledge payments and/or balance accordingly.
JUST WHAT WILL THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL FUNDS BE USED FOR?
The gifts received by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the work of the Church in the Diocese of Tyler. These services and programs include: Seminarians, Vocations, Retired & Infirm Priests, the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization, Priest’s continuing formation, the CET Magazine and Catholic Communications, Campus Ministry, Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, and the St. Philip Institute which provides Family Life Ministry, Marriage Ministry, Faith Formation Programs, Teaching Events, and more.
HOW IS THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL TARGET DETERMINED?
The diocesan target for the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is $2,300,000. This amount is determined by the diocesan budget and finance committees as they budget and work toward providing the services and programs the Appeal supports.
HOW ARE THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH TARGETS DETERMINED?
Based on the urgent need of the Diocese, the overall target for the 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal is $2,300,000. Each parish will have a target based on the percentage of overall offertory (Sunday collections) that the parish receives each week. These are targets, not assessments! Money raised will not be subject to the cathedraticum.
OVERALL TARGET OF NEW APPEAL: $2,300,000 ARE PARISH TARGETS MANDATORY?
No. The 2018 parish targets are not mandatory. It is expected that all parishes will participate in the Appeal and will generate a substantial amount of in-pew pledges. All parishes should strive to achieve 100% participation among their parishioners.