The Archdiocese of Atlanta conducts an annual campaign (as is the case in most dioceses in the United States), to help fund the work of its offices and ministries throughout north and central Georgia. The Appeal commences in January and concludes in December each year. The Appeal will include an in-pew pledge process held on the two weekends prior to Ash Wednesday.
The offices of the archdiocese are available to provide support to all parishes regardless of location. The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal funded the education of priests currently serving in your parish. Catechists who are teaching the children of your parish receive training and support through our Office of Formation and Discipleship. Engaged couples receive pre-marital counseling retreats. All of these are but examples of the wide variety of services provided by archdiocesan offices and ministries to parishes and parishioners across the archdiocese.
Jesus Himself gave us a guideline, “Share from your substance, not from your surplus.” You are the best judge of what this means for you—not just what you can afford, but what God is calling you to do. We do offer a guide—at least one percent of your income to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, five percent to your parish, and four percent to other charities and/or second collections, but always giving according to your means.
The Annual Appeal provides the opportunity to support our wider Church family, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, as well as our own parish ministries. When we say the Creed, we reaffirm the fact that we are members of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” We are saying that we believe that every parish and every parishioner is responsible not only for his or her parish, but also for the well-being of the Church throughout the archdiocese and the world.
Catholics should give because they are grateful for the gifts that God has given them in their lives and because of the great good that their giving brings to the world.
The in-pew process is designed to reach parishioners directly in their seats at Mass. Parishioners will be directed through the process step-by-step by the pastor or his designee as representatives of the Archbishop. It is used because it gives parishioners who may not be registered in a parish or who did not respond to our direct mail piece an opportunity to give.