Happy Thanksgiving from the Catholic Foundation!
You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God. — 2 Corinthians 9:11
Blessings to you this Thanksgiving! Day after day at the Catholic Foundation we witness wonderful generosity from people. We see firsthand the difference every gift makes. Through your gifts to the Catholic Foundation, we have a bountiful harvest to share with those who need compassion and support. Together we show thanksgiving to God with this abundance of sharing. Thank you. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Executive Director, Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Green Bay
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Collection
For more than 125 years, the faithful have ventured to our
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to witness the ordination of priests and deacons, and see bishops installed. Here, people are inspired by the beautiful artwork and sacred liturgy.
Our majestic Cathedral is in need of critical maintenance. We have raised $1.8 million and are working toward raising the final amount for our Cathedral Campaign.
On December 6-7, every parish in the Diocese will conduct a special collection to support this important campaign.
To make your gift today, please contact the Catholic Foundation or print our online pledge card.
To learn more, please see a brochure highlighting the work being done.
Through the Retirement Collection we are able to
Share in the Care of our retired sisters, brothers, religious order priests and senior priests in our own diocese. Many of these selfless women and men continue to minister well into their 80’s and 90’s.
Please pray for them and be generous in helping those who have given so much over the years.
Parish collection will take place December 12 & 13 throughout the diocese. Or make your online donation to the Retirement Collection.
Help Our Brothers and Sisters Around the World
The new World Mission Services Projects Booklet has been released, and is overflowing with charitable projects! This booklet provides a way to be the heart and hands of Christ to people in missions around the globe.
If you’re a teacher, catechist, parent, teen, faith sharing group, parish ministry, or someone looking to serve the global Church, this booklet has a project where you can make a difference. Help our brothers and sisters around the world rise above poverty and adversity, adopt a project today!
Advancing the Mission Grants Now Available
Advancing the Mission grants are now available for Evangelization,
Leadership Development, and Lifelong Catechesis within the Diocese of Green Bay, it’s parishes and individuals. These grants are intended to provide financial support for the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community.
Application deadline is December 31. Distributions will be reviewed and approved in March, and checks mailed by June 30.
Bishop’s Appeal Raises $5,654,000
The theme to this years’ Bishop’s Appeal was Building Disciples of Christ. The Appeal builds up modern day disciples, like our newly ordained deacons who share the Good News of Christ. Gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal help build many different disciples:
- Your gift helps train deacons and lay ministers.
- Your gift helps care for those in need of counseling through Catholic Charities.
- Your gift helps share the faith through the New Evangelization.
- And your gift helps educate children and adults in the faith.
If you have not yet made your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal, and you want to be part of building modern day disciples for Christ, you may still make a gift.
Learn more here about all the wonderful ministries the Bishop’s Appeal supports.
Catholic Foundation Approves Grants & Distributions
The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors has approved more than
$3.2 million in grants and distributions to support those who look for care through our parishes, Catholic schools, and other Catholic ministries here in northeastern Wisconsin.
In 2015, $441,032 will be distributed from four Advancing the Mission (ATM) endowments to help parishes evangelize, develop Church leaders, foster lifelong learning, and care for our retired priests. From 2006 – 2010, ATM raised nearly $40 million. Half of these funds went to parishes for individual needs, the other half established four endowments.
Lumen Christi raised $8 million for endowment in 1988, and today is worth $12.5 million. Over 26 years, Lumen Christi has distributed $14 million dollars, and this year we will distribute nearly $700,000 to Catholic schools, parish religious education efforts, and for scholarships to education leaders. Every parish and Catholic school in our diocese receives Lumen Christi distributions.
Learn more about past Catholic Foundation grants and distributions from our Annual Report at http://catholicfoundationgb.org/audits-and-annual-reports/
Foundation supports the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help sits quietly in Northeastern Wisconsin, surrounded by dairy farms and rolling cornfields. Seemingly untouched by our modern world, for over 150 years it has been a place where the faithful have come to seek intercession from the Blessed Virgin Mother.
The Catholic Foundation assists the Shrine by doing an annual fundraising campaign, encouraging people to establish endowments that benefit the Shrine and by helping people leave a legacy by remembering the Shrine in their wills and estates. To help the Shrine today, please consider making a gift.
If you would like more information on how you may leave a legacy to support the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, your parish or other ministries and programs in the Diocese of Green Bay, please contact Cindi Brawner at 920-272-8173 or Josh Diedrich at 920-272-8197.
Impacting Lives for more than Fifteen Years
Since its founding in 1997, the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay has distributed more than $19,000,000 to support Church ministries and services for the spiritual, educational, and social needs of God’s people.
We can help you:
- Make a gift that immediately makes a difference
- Make a gift that both gives you a life income and helps others
- Make a gift that will help others later through deferred giving
- Make a gift to a new or existing fund that
benefits a parish or ministry
Whether you are interested in assisting a ministry of the Church, educating our seminarians, remembering the Church in your will, helping your parish or the Church in many other ways bring Christ to thousands of people throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, the Catholic Foundation can assist you.
Each gift helps. Thank you on behalf of everyone you are assisting.