“Arise” is the theme of the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) and is a statement of hope about the renewal and recovery of all people in the coming year. We have recently sent a Callingpost Message to more than 120 parishioners asking their support of The Annual Catholic Appeal. Our parish Goal is $67,800.00. These dollars are the responsibility of our parishioners to support the many ministries of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Your donation enables the Diocese to educate Seminarians, care for retired priests, and feed the hungry.
The parish thanks the parishioners who have made their donation. We have received 240 gifts from 197 households totaling $55,549.00. We are $12,200.00 short of our goal.
Donation envelopes are available at the exits of the church. You may make your donations online in our parish website www.olgstratford.com
We are pleased to share with you the 2021 Arise, Annual Catholic Appeal video and Bishop Frank Caggiano’s annual letter with this year’s message.
I thank you for all that you have done this past year, and I come again humbly and yet boldly to ask for your generous support to this year’s Arise, Annual Catholic Appeal so that we can welcome the light of this dawn that will grow in our midst, risen with the Lord to meet the challenge before us.
Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. – James 1:17
Planned Allocation of 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal Funds
Each year, the Diocese of Bridgeport assesses its financial resources, the needs of parishioners and its ability to respond effectively and with compassion. This illustration is an overview of how your Appeal contributions will be distributed:
Faith & Ministry $3,841,000
- The Catholic Leadership Institute and Faith Formation $477,000
- Formation of Priests and Deacons $1,417,000
- Eucharistic Jubilee $100,000
- Pastoral Care of Retired Priests $1,622,000
- Mission Parishes $125,000
- Pastoral Centers $100,000
Education and Catechesis $1,972,000
- Bishop’s Scholarship Fund $700,000
- Catholic Academies of Bridgeport $400,000
- Youth $215,000
- Communications $657,000
Charity and Pastoral Services $1,712,000
- Catholic Charities of Fairfield County $550,000
- Pastorial Care of Sick and Elderly $912,000
- St. Catherine Center for Special Needs $250,000
Fundraising Expenses $575,000
*In the spirit of financial transparency, the cost to conduct the Annual Catholic Appeal totals less than 7.1 cents on the dollar based on the 2021 ACA goal. Fundraising expenses may also provide additional support to a number of these areas.
Click on the link to view the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal brochure.
You may also lick on the link below to donate. Thank you!
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