​Be a part of someone’s encounter with Christ through this year’s Appeal!

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Be a part of someone’s encounter with Christ through this year’s Appeal!

With more than halfway through the year, we are grateful for all who have given selflessly to help others encounter Christ through the 2019 Annual Archbishop’s Appeal, Encounter: Live in Faith, Give in Love.

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraiser of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, which supports Archdiocesan ministries dedicated in forming missionary disciples. The Appeal supports 40 ministries in 5 categories: Social Services, Pastoral Ministries, Priestly and Diaconate Ministries, Catholic Communications, and Catholic Education.

As of August 6, from 15,329 donors, we have raised $4,029,520 in pledges, of that amount we have received in cash $3,433,629. There are 58 parishes of our 170 that have met their Appeal goal in cash received, allowing an Appeal Parish Rebate Payout of $63,984. Parishes who exceed their Appeal parish goal in cash, receive 50 percent of the funds raised above goal. These funds are returned for parish ministry. Therefore, we have $3,369,645 available toward our goal $4.5 million to 40 archdiocesan ministries.

However, we still need your support!

With four months remaining for the 2019 Appeal, there is still time for you to make a gift.

Your gift will support social service ministries where love and mercy is lived out daily through programs such as Guadalupe Community Center, Guadalupe Home, St. PJ’s Children’s home, and Seton Home. You help others in material and spiritual need receive hope and love.

Through your support, Pastoral Ministries create opportunities of evangelization to share our faith by offering programs and events such as Assembly, Marriage Preparation, Catechetical Certification, Lay Leadership Formation, Hispanic Choirs, Hospital Ministry, Criminal Justice Ministry, and Campus Ministry.

Moreover, priests and deacons are needed to celebrate and offer the Sacraments to you, your neighbors, and family. Priestly and Diaconate Ministries support men responding to their vocation to serve as future priests or deacons in the archdiocese. Your gift removes the financial burden in order for men to faithfully commit to their formation.

Giving to the Appeal also means the message of the Gospel is made available to people across the archdiocese through Catholic communication channels such as Catholic Television of San Antonio and Today’s Catholic; enabling people of all ages to encounter Jesus.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to gain a faith-based education that develops the mind and nourishes the soul; through Appeal supported ministries such as Hope for the Future. United, we will help students in need, forming future community leaders who put their faith into action.

The 40 Appeal ministries are hard at work on your behalf offering services for all throughout the archdiocese. On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, the Office of Archbishop’s Appeal, and the 40 Appeal funded ministries, thank you for your prayerful support and generosity. Thanks to your sacrificial giving you help others encounter the love of Christ and spread his merciful love.

To make your gift to this year’s Appeal, online at https://www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal/online-giving or by phone at (210) 734-1604.