Diocesan Support Appeal
Your Every Act Should Be Done With Love
The purpose of the Diocesan Support Appeal (DSA) is to help provide the annual funding necessary to carry out the mission of our diocese – namely to fulfill our call to “grow ever more perfectly into a community of praise, worship and witness, and to become a leaven of service and sign of peace through love in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina.” The DSA provides funding for the ministerial arm of the diocese.The DSA provides support for more than 20 services that Catholic Charities of Charlotte offers throughout the diocese. The appeal also provides funding for Vocations, Education Ministries (providing over 30 different programs), Multicultural Ministries, Eucharistic Congress, and the Housing Ministry. Some of these ministries provide services beyond the scope of individual parishes and some exist for the sole purpose of assisting parishes in their own missions to teach, evangelize and serve.
The theme of the 2017 DSA is “Your every act should be done with love” 1Cor 16:14. This theme reminds us that our actions speak loudly, and the message they give should be loving It also beautifully reminds us of the mission of the ministries supported by the DSA, and what they do for thousands of our brothers and sisters across western North Carolina.
The goal for the 2017 DSA is $5,670,000, which is a 7% increase over the appeal in 2016. Each parish is assessed a portion of this goal. Here at The Cathedral of Saint Patrick, our parish assessment is $84,673. At the Cathedral, we benefit from the Diocesan Support Appeal in a number of ways. Firstly, as the video points out, we benefit from the support the DSA offers to our seminarians. Each summer we are blessed to have one of the seminarians assigned to the parish. Secondly, because we are part of the Greater Charlotte area, we benefit directly from the resources of Catholic Charities, Faith Formation, Catholic Education, Hispanic Ministry, and all of the other ministries that are supported by the Diocesan Support Appeal. Finally, any monies collected in excess of our parish goal (the DSA is an assessment, so parishes have to either meet the goal through collection or take it from the offertory) can be used for our charitable giving here at the parish.
As we strive to ensure that our every act at St. Patrick is done with love, let us pray for all of those in need and that through the efforts of this year’s DSA we can assist those who benefit from the many ministries of the Diocese of Charlotte.
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick 2017 DSA Assessment = $84,673
You call us to a life of service, entrusting to us the mission of making your name and your love known. We strive each day to use your generous gifts to grow ever more faithfully into a community of faith and love, attracting people to your Son, Jesus. We are grateful for your gifts. Help us to use them wisely in Your service. Keep us ever mindful of the many needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us recognize the presence of Your Son in them and respond to the Diocesan Support Appeal with love, compassion and generosity. May our words and actions be a response to your great love,in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.