Archdiocesan appeal launched

By Frank Flegel

REGINA — Regina archdiocesan parishes received a glimpse of what the annual appeal supports during the fall launch of the appeal held Sept. 25 at Our Lady of Peace Church.

Director of pastoral services and vicar-general Rev. Lorne Crozon told priests and parish officers that the appeal helps the archdiocese to build. The appeal actually begins in January but it’s the fall launch that kicks it into high gear to achieve the $1.4 million goal to support 15 ministries and nine third-party charities and organizations within the archdiocese.

“God calling us to something special,” said Crozon, “it is our chance to serve.”

The kick-off also featured a couple of short videos. The first described a youth pilgrimage to Philippines where they built a couple of houses for needy families.

“It took us three years to get it going,” said archdiocesan youth co-ordinator Michelle Braden. “My life will never be the same,” said Braden of the experience.

Megan Bend, one of 42 young people who made the trip, said they were always surrounded by children and the experience motivated her to choose social work as her career. “God works in mysterious ways.” The appeal helped sponsor the group.

The second video described some of the ministries supported by the appeal.

Speakers included director of development Christina Attard, appeal co-ordinator Jennifer Thompson and Archbishop Daniel Bohan. Thompson said the appeal is all about the people.

“Our church has a purpose and a mission,” said Thompson; “the annual appeal helps you with that.”

Attard thanked everyone and noted that it takes about 300 volunteers to make the appeal work. She said that 24 per cent of the appeal is shared with partner charities.

Bohan said it is one of the most exciting times in our church because of Pope Francis. “He has shaken up the church,” said the archbishop. “Go out and bring the joy of the Gospel. This is the mission of the church that Pope Francis has put out for us.”

The Regina archdiocese has 144 individual parishes, many of them small rural churches. The appeal will reach out to all of them.

Chaplaincy in Regina’s hospitals are budgeted to receive $147,000 from the appeal, the largest of the grants. Placement costs for priests, travel and moderators is the next largest grant at $128,000, followed $100,000 for catechetics.

Catholic Family Services Society is budgeted to receive $46,000, the largest of the third party grants. CFSS is an agency that provides counselling and several other services for families, individuals, youth and children.

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