The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, has announced that the 2015 Diocesan Annual Appeal has raised $5,064,000 in gifts and pledges, surpassing the goal of $5 million. The Annual Appeal has received gifts and pledges from 31,479 donors. Seventy-seven parishes surpassed their Annual Appeal parish goal, which is an increase from last year when 48 parishes achieved their goal.
“I am extremely grateful to our parishioners, priests and friends for their support of the 2015 Annual Appeal. In this Holy Year of Mercy, the generosity of so many of our faithful provides a wonderful example of mercy in our lives and offers significant support and encouragement for all those who benefit from the Diocesan ministries funded by the Appeal,” said Bishop Bambera.
“The good hearts and generous spirits of parishioners throughout our Diocese bring alive the words of Pope Francis when he calls us to ‘make our hearts open to goodness, make our hearts open to the beauty of God every day,’” added Bishop Bambera.
Gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal support the mission of our local Church to:
- feed the hungry, clothe the naked and provide shelter and assistance for those most in need
- care for our retired bishops and priests who have faithfully served, and continue to serve, the needs of the faithful in our Diocese
- encourage and support our men who are in formation to become priests and deacons as we look to the future of our parishes and our Diocese
- support our young people in our Catholic schools and in our parish religious education programs by helping them to prepare for fulfilling and faith-centered lives
- renew and strengthen our parish communities by providing opportunities for all of us to more fully share their personal gifts in devoted service to God and one another
- joyfully proclaim the message of the Gospel by informing and inspiring the faithful of our Diocese through The Catholic Light, CTV: Catholic Television, and the Diocesan website
The Diocesan Annual Appeal team includes Diocesan staff, pastors, parish volunteers and committees and regional chairpersons throughout the 11 counties in the Diocese in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.
“I want to thank our pastors, our regional chairs and our Appeal parish representatives who worked so enthusiastically and diligently with us to promote the Diocesan Annual Appeal and encourage participation among our parishioners in our 120 parishes throughout the Diocese,” said Jim Bebla, Diocesan Secretary for Development. “It was an uplifting and joyous experience for all involved.”
A complete listing of Parishes’ Annual Appeal Reports can be viewed through the link below.
This year’s Annual Appeal Regional Lay and Clergy Chairs were: Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna Counties – Atty. Frank and Sharon O’Connor, St. Lawrence Parish, Great Bend, and Fr. Edward Michelini, SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Towanda; Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties – Atty. Larry and Kathy Moran, Christ the King Parish, Archbald, and Msgr. Michael Delaney, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant; Luzerne County – Eugene and Patricia Klimash, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and Fr. Brian J.W. Clarke, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton; Lycoming and Tioga Counties– Pete and Carol Sides, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Montoursville, and Fr. John Manno, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Montoursville; Monroe County – Rosemary Driebe Olofsson, St. Luke’s Parish, Stroudsburg, and Fr. Michael Quinnan, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Brodheadsville; Wayne and Pike Counties – Bill and Gerrie Lovejoy, St. Patrick’s Parish, Milford, and Fr. Richard Beck, Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Hawley.
Special congratulations are extended to the following 15 parishes that have surpassed their parish goal for the Diocesan Annual Appeal for each of the past five years: Ascension Parish, Forest City; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop; Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston; Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton; Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Lake Silkworth; Our Lady of Victory Parish, Harveys Lake; SS Cyril & Methodius Parish, Hazleton; St. Ann Parish, Williamsport; St. Gregory Parish, Clarks Green; St. John Bosco Parish, Conyngham; St. Monica Parish, West Wyoming; St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish, Scranton; St. Therese Parish, Shavertown; and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Dickson City.
Parishes that have achieved their Annual Appeal goal for the first time in five years include Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Hawley; Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton; Epiphany Parish, Sayre; Holy Child Parish, Mansfield; Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant; Holy Spirit Parish, Mocanaqua; Mary, Mother of God Parish, Scranton; Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Dorrance; Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville; Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn; St. Ann Parish, Shohola; St. Barbara Parish, Exeter; St Ignatius Loyola Parish, Kingston; St. John Neumann Parish, Lords Valley; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Honesdale; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Susquehanna; St. Lawrence Parish, Great Bend; St. Lucy Parish, Scranton; St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines; St. Michael Parish, Scranton; St. Patrick Parish, Milford; St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Wilkes-Barre; and St. Thomas More Parish, Lake Ariel.