This weekend marks the beginning of the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal. As you know, each year the archbishop sponsors this diocesan wide effort to raise money for six key areas: the New Evangelization, Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary and Vocations, St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, Catholic Charities, Retired Priests, and finally Prison, College Campus, and Hospital Ministries.
I asked Scott and Jackie Borchers to be our parish spokes couple for the 2017 CMA and they graciously accepted. In meeting with Scott and Jackie last month, it was clear to me how much they love St. Gertrude Parish and believe in the CMA. Their witness talk appears in the centerfold of this weekend’s bulletin along with key information about this year’s CMA.
St. Gertrude continues to be a light in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Since I have been your pastor, our parish has exceeded its CMA goal each year. The goal for the 2017 CMA is $5 million, the same amount as last year, and our parish goal has been set for just under $95,000. Your help is needed to reach this important goal! Ninety cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to fund the ministries. Once again, if our parish exceeds its goal, we will receive 50% over our goal back to the parish, which has been designated to go towards our youth evangelization efforts, especially our expanding and very successful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium Program.