Deacon Peter Burns speaks at 9:30 a.m. Mass about the value of APA.
Deacon Peter Burns of St. Timothy Parish and the Diocese spoke passionately last weekend about the Annual Pastoral Appeal, which helps fund programs at the Diocese level to help people. This weekend will be the final weekend for the APA.
Here are is an explanation from Father Tim about Deacon Burns’ visit:
“Deacon Peter’s responsibilities in the Diocese put him directly in touch with the importance and value of APA. This appeal is used to help the Church reach out to those in need.
“I heartily ask you to do one of two things. If you haven’t given to APA in the past, please do so; your generosity is very important and it is used to share the goodness of God in many ways through our Diocese.
“If you have given in the past, I encourage you to increase your offering, even if only a little bit. A 5% increase will go a long way to help us meet our commitment and to benefit those throughout the area. This year our APA Assessment (amount we must send to the Diocese) and our APA Goal (amount offered directly by parish members) is $237,552. Yes, it is a lot of money, but we have come close and I know we can do it this year.”
This weekend, Father Tim will share facts about the APA and St. Raphael’s participation.
From Father Tim: “No one likes to ask for money, especially me. However, not only do your direct contributions to APA go to good use, they help relieve the parish from increasing its diocesan debt.
“This year the Diocese changed the APA Home Appeal Process. If you haven’t received your Direct Letter by now, please, please take one of the envelopes in the pews, marked for St. Raphael, and use this for your pledge and/or gift. It is important to use envelopes that have our Parish APA Number: 410. This will ensure credit is given to the parish. We are now posting the 2012 APA collection numbers in our bulletin.”
As of February 14, 43 families had given $8,575 to the 2012 Annual Pastoral Appeal.