What is the Annual Pastoral Appeal?
All of the parishes and missions in the Diocese of St. Petersburg contribute roughly 13% of their combined parish revenues to fund the operating budget of our diocesan level ministries and services which serve our five counties.The Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) is an annual fundraiser, or appeal, to the parishioners of the diocese asking them to contribute directly to diocesan ministries and services. The ultimate goal for each parish and mission is to reach or exceed the assessment amount through APA. If the assessment is paid through direct donations from parishioners, more offertory money will remain at the parish to fund parish level ministry. In addition, parishes receive all funds raised OVER their goal. However, if the goal is not met, the balance due is billed to the parish.
What does the Annual Appeal support?
Through the Annual Pastoral Appeal hundreds of thousands of our sisters and brothers are able to see the love of God and the care of others in their lives at a time of critical need.
How does the Annual Appeal Assist my Parish?
Every parish benefits from the Annual Pastoral Appeal.
APA provides resources to:
- Prepare seminarians for priesthood
- Educate all Catholics in their faith through Catholic Schools, Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation
- Offer assistance to individuals and families in crisis
- Strengthen all forms of parish worship
- Broadcast Christ’s message to all daily
- Provide parishes with professional consultation on real estate, legal, church design and administrative issues
Gifts to the Annual Pastoral Appeal reduce the parish’s financial commitment to the Diocese, which maintains funds for ministry on the parish level.
How can I support the Annual Pastoral Appeal?
With God’s love in your heart we ask that you to make a sacrificial commitment that can be paid over a ten month period. Please consider a gift that is meaningful – a gift from your heart. All gifts are welcomed and valued. We invite you to respond in the following ways:
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have given to the Annual Pastoral Appeal.
Reflect on Christ’s call to be Catholic Stewards who accept responsibility to return a portion of the gifts we have received from God in gratitude.
Make a sacrificial gift or pledge according to your means and current circumstances.
If you have more questions about the Annual Pastoral Appeal, please click here to be directed to the Diocese of St. Petersburg website.