Catholics once again came together to provide hope and healing to the people of St. Louis, and sustain works of mercy and grace throughout the community, with a successful 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal.
The appeal set a record for the most ever raised, exceeding $16.4 million. More than $15.9 million comes from pledges and other sources; more than $14.6 million of that came from the parish appeal; the remainder is from estate gifts and anticipated matching gifts. This kind of success in the midst of a pandemic is impressive.
The result shows that Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis understand the importance of being generous with their gifts, because those gifts lead to very concrete ways in which thousands of people — regardless of religious affiliation — in our area are positively impacted. The appeal supports the immediate needs of the local Church’s ministries, with funding going toward people living in poverty, pro-life and social justice issues, Catholic education and more.
The Annual Catholic Appeal reveals the good works of the Church by serving others in need and building up the Body of Christ. Quite simply, it makes the mystical Body of Christ visible in a way that the world can understand. This support gives witness to the call of Jesus “to love as He does… to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ Himself” (Catechism of the Catholic Church).
“As Catholics, we strive to use our hands as instruments of God’s will, giving of ourselves to fill the world with His many blessings,” said Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski. “The need has been great, and the appeal is an important way our Church can come together to provide hope and healing to the people of St. Louis.”
He also said the generosity of Catholics is “a powerful sign that we hear God’s calling and respond with one voice, ‘Thy will be done.’”