Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Ministries supporting our lives
A message from the Bishop
At every Mass, the priest speaks these words: “Do this in memory of Me.”
Jesus spoke these same words at the Last Supper when he instituted the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, Christ becomes truly and fully present to us. It is a tremendous gift of sacrificial love that nourishes and transforms us. We are then sent forth into the world to bear witness to Jesus and His Good News.
The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” We give thanks by following Christ’s command to “do this in memory of Me.” These words also are the theme for the 2023 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Another way we give thanks is by living out our diocese’s mission statement: to be Christ’s “heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.”
During my brief time in the diocese, I’ve already seen how the ministries of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal promote the Church’s mission by providing lifelong education, pastoral care and assistance to the people and parishes of our diocese. Your generosity supports the TV Mass for the homebound, faith formation opportunities, Catholic education, marriage preparation, multicultural outreach, and evangelization initiatives, such as the Eucharistic Revival.
I ask you to please prayerfully discern a gift to this year’s Appeal. I am very grateful for every gift made to these ministries, which benefit so many people in our 16-county diocese.
During this holy season of Lent, please pray for the continued success of parish and diocesan ministries to meet the spiritual needs of all God’s people. I look forward to meeting you in the months ahead and getting to know my new diocesan family!
God bless you,
+Patrick M. Neary, C.S.C.
Bishop of Saint Cloud
The 2023 Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal is 1.4 millon.
Your generosity is essential for the continued support of the ministries
at the core of the Church’s mission and meeting the spiritual needs
of God’s people in our diocese.
This is through generous gifts from 2,999 donors.
Thank you for discerning a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Annual Appeal Resources
April 2023 Bulletin Announcements
April 1 – 2, 2023
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to those who have already supported diocesan ministries through the Appeal. As of March 23, the diocese has raised $553,753 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,400,000, with gifts from 3,499 households. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose. Will you help these ministries meet their funding needs? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.
April 8 – 9, 2023
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The Lord is risen! Blessings to you and those you love on this most holy of days.
April 15 – 16, 2023
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: “Do This in Memory of Me.” The Appeal supports ministries that benefit you, your family and your greater parish community. Please make a gift today. Each dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.
April 22 – 23, 2023
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Please remember the diocesan ministries that, through your generosity, continue to build the Kingdom of God here in Central Minnesota. Keep them thriving by making a gift at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.
April 29 – 30, 2023
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The Diocesan TV Mass has been a lifeline for the homebound. Other diocesan ministries continue their work in support of faith formation, family life, Catholic schools, multicultural ministries, evangelization and vocational discernment. Will you help keep these ministries strong? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.
Downloadable Bulletin insert (PDF)
Downloadable Poster (PDF)