“We are able to help so many people in need because of your generosity.

As we reflect on our Catholic faith, may we open our hearts to be filled with God’s grace and mercy and so enable us to reflect in our lives the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal –

Serving in Faith with Hope and Gratitude.”

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.l.

Bishop of Scranton

From Youth retreats to Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation, Men’s and Women’s Convocations to Catechesis Camp and Lay Ministry certifications, the actual cost to participants for programs offered by the Office for Parish Life is offset with funds from the Annual Appeal. For a complete list of offerings visit DioceseofScranton.org/parish-life.

The goal for Holy Cross is $50,000.00. To date we have raised $32,135.38. The goal for Blessed Sacrament is $17,000.00. To date we have raised $16,105.00. Your donation truly matters. Call 570-207-2250, or give online at AnnualAppeal.org.

Be a minister of God’s hope and love…Help us reach our Parish Appeal goal.

Our Annual Appeal begins in September. New in 2019:

• More direct support to parishes for Social Justice Grants and New Faith Formation Grants

• Increased support for Catholic Social Services

• Opportunity to designate your Appeal gift to the ministry of your choice

• Unique videos featuring parishioners and clergy showing the Appeal at work in your region Gifts to the 2018 Appeal touched thousands of lives:

• 4,143 Families served in Catholic Social Services Food and Clothing Pantries

• 104 Retired & Ill Priests Received Care

• 12 Seminarians receiving tuition and living expenses

• 44 Parishes using Social Justice Grants to serve countless families

• 118 Parishes receiving support in all aspects of Parish Life

• 16,555 Nights of shelter and Support

• 15,000 Children in Religious Education and 4,500 in Catholic Schools.

Share your blessings. Give to the Appeal. Gifts to the Appeal support Diocesan ministries and will not be used to defray legal fees or fund the Survivors Compensation Program.