Annual Catholic Appeal

2004 Honorary Chairpersons
Ray DiBattista
General Chair
Saint Anthony of Padua, Windber
Sam and Sara Valenty
Altoona Regional Chairs
Prince of Peace, Northern Cambria
James and Billie Sujansky
Johnstown Regional Chairs
Saint Peter, Somerset
William and Beverly Klucher
State College Regional Chairs
Our Lady of Victory, State College

CONTACT: Denise Moyer-Hand, Annual Funds Manager and Director of the ACA at 814-695-5577

An Incredible Impact - Thanks to Many

The diocesan annual campaign was re-established in 1988 by both Diocesan Finance and Presbyteral Councils to fund the yearly operating expenses of previously unavailable ministries within the eight counties of the Church of Altoona-Johnstown. [The former DDF was temporarily suspended during the Silver Anniversary capital campaign of 1985-1987.]  In addition to providing for the financial support of our Diocese, the ACA remains an opportunity for each of us to make a conscious decision to support many essential ministries as well as those who depend on them for spiritual nourishment or temporal assistance.

All gifts received through the Annual Catholic Appeal are credited toward your parish's portion of the Diocesan Goal.  Parishes keep 100% of "over goal" contributions that the Stewardship & Development Office records through December 31.  New or additional gifts may be made through your parish.

Since 1995, over $4.6 million has been returned to "over goal" parishes.  In 2003, ACA promotional expenses were held to fewer than three cents for every dollar raised. 

Only through the generosity of all Catholics are our diocesan ministries able to advance the mission of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Update 2004 - We are seeing increases in all regions of the diocese, perhaps these are strong signs that parishioners are showing more support for their own parishes as well as diocesan ministries, says Ringkamp.  A gracious thank you goes out to all parishioners who are making gifts to the 2004 Annual Catholic Appeal.  New or additional gifts may be made by contacting your parish office.

Other Stewardship and Development Projects

Over $100,000 committed for the renovation and expansion of the Garden Sanctuary at Loretto.

Assistance provided to a number of parishes - including the St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown - with capital campaigns.

Diocese of Mandeville (Jamaica)
Nearly $50,000 raised in a special Diocesan-wide appeal in 1999.

Opening of Prince Gallitzin House in Mandeville for visiting volunteers and staff. 

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