Your Generosity Helps Support

We are pleased to share some of the ways that your gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal help our friends and neighbors in the eleven counties in our Diocese. Thank you for thoughtful consideration of a gift in support of the important ministries of our local Church.

Catholic Social Services and Parish Social Justice Grants – 12%

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”
— Matthew 25:35

Rooted in the Gospel, the mission of Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton is to serve individuals and families in poverty and hardship, as we are called by Christ to do, and to respond compassionately to their needs.

This mission also extends to our parish communities where parish and community members receive much needed support through meaningful parish-based social justice programs that are funded by Diocesan Social Justice grants made possible by the Diocesan Annual Appeal.

This year, your Appeal gifts help:

  • Provide grants to parishes totaling more than $150,000 to help fund an expanding number of programs in our parishes, 45 in all this year – services such as food pantries, youth service programs and community outreach
  • Significantly expand Catholic Social Services emergency shelter services in the Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre regions
  • Provide more than 100,000 meals at St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre
  • 20,641 area residents receive food and meals in our kitchens and food pantries
  • Offer permanent housing services to 440 people

Catholic Education in Schools and Parishes – 17%

“Happy the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding!”
— Proverbs 3:13

The ability to provide our children with a strong Catholic education rooted in the Gospel has long been a valued part of our Diocesan mission. Your generosity helps us continue to fulfill this mission to prepare our children for fulfilling and faith-centered lives through the education and support they receive in our 20 Catholic schools and in all of our wonderful parish Religious Education programs.

Last year, nearly 5,000 students were educated in one of our Catholic Schools and more than 17,000 children received religious education in parish-based programs.

Your gifts to the 2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal and to our Academic Angel program help us:

  • Retain devoted, experienced teachers and hire new teachers committed to the mission of our Catholic Schools
  • Provide much needed financial assistance to our Catholic School families
  • Maintain all of our school buildings to provide a comfortable environment for our students, staff and faculty
  • Offer orientation, education sessions and retreats for Parish Religious Education Directors and Youth Ministers; and provide curriculum resources for Sacramental preparation

Care & Education of our Clergy – 24%

“They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them.”
— Acts 6:6

Our prayers, support and encouragement of our Diocesan priests, deacons and men in priestly formation play an instrumental role in forwarding the mission of our local church. We are grateful to our devoted clergy for helping us grow in faith so that we may joyfully share our gifts with one another and build up the Kingdom of God.

Your donations to the Annual Appeal insure that our seminarians receive the education they need to answer God’s call, that our deacons are trained in the faith and that our priests receive care and support so that they may continue to serve our local Church.

Your support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal helps provide:

  • Assistance with tuition and living expenses for our 12 seminarians studying for the priesthood at seminaries in Baltimore, MD; Weston, MA and Douglaston, NY
  • Training for the current class of 11 deacon candidates who are preparing to answer God’s call to serve in our parishes
  • Health care and long-term care for our retired bishops and priests

Parish Life and Ministry Formation – 22%

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
— Matthew 18:20

Life in our parishes is at the center of our journey of faith together as Catholics.  The Office for Parish Life staff serves our parishes by working in partnership with pastors, parish staff, and Parish Pastoral Council members to invite all parishioners to share their personal gifts in service to God and one another.

Renewing and strengthening our life of faith in the areas of Word, Worship, Community and Service is the central focus of Bishop Joseph Bambera’s pastoral letter, “Wounded and Loved; Regathering the Scattered.”  In his reflections on community, Bishop Bambera says “I call us to be servant leaders who build community through hospitality, respect, inclusion and holiness.”

Your gifts to the Appeal support programs such as:

  • The ongoing work with our parishes to assist in the development and implementation of parish plans and parish pastoral councils
  • A variety of educational programs designed to bring parishioners together from across the Diocese for the common purpose of enhancing opportunities to grow together so that we may continue to enliven our parishes and our local Church
  • Networking and training opportunities for Youth Ministry Leaders, Directors of Religious Education, Music and Liturgical Ministry Leaders, Bereavement Support Teams and Social Concerns Committees, and Parish Pastoral Councils

Catholic Media and Communications – 17%

“Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds.”
— Psalms 96:3

Sharing the Gospel message with one another and reflecting on what is means to be followers of Jesus Christ is at the center of our Catholic faith.  In our Diocese, this message is shared through a wide-ranging media program that includes print, online and broadcasting services.

Our parishioners who are homebound or in a nursing home or hospital are especially grateful for the opportunity to view daily Mass or a special liturgy at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Once again this past year, your gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal support:

  • The publication of 16 issues of The Catholic Light, the official newspaper of the Diocese, which is delivered to 50,000 households
  • The broadcast of daily Mass from St. Peter’s Cathedral, a number of special Mass celebrations and faith-based educational programs such as “Our Faith, Our Diocese”
  • The sharing of important information about events, programs and services on our Diocesan website such as the texts of Bishop Joseph Bambera’s homilies, a list of all of our parishes with Mass times and videos of Masses at St. Peter’s Cathedral

Diocesan Annual Appeal Expenses – 8%

It is important to reach out to members of our Diocesan community to request support for the Diocesan Annual Appeal. A percentage of the Diocesan Annual Appeal is used for the financial resources needed to develop and execute Diocesan fundraising efforts.