United Catholic Appeal

United Catholic Appeal
Growing in Faith to do God’s Work
Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo
Mission Statement of the Diocese
We, the Diocese of Amarillo,
the Catholic Church of the
Texas Panhandle through the
Word and Eucharist, prayer,
formation and education,
social ministries and advocacy,
embrace diverse cultures
throughout the diocese so that
together, as the Catholic
Church, we may continue the
mission of Christ in the world
The mission calls the Diocese
of Amarillo to:
• Build unity among all
• Discern the spiritual
needs of the faithful
• Foster an ever-more
faithful witnessing and
following of Christ
• Build up the Body of
About the Appeal
For over 30 years the United Catholic
Appeal has been raising funds to support
diocesan ministries in the 26 counties of
the Diocese of Amarillo.
The main purpose of the appeal was to
replace the antiquated system of
assessing so much money per person
which traditionally provided financial
resources to the diocese.
For the 2010-2011 the annual United
Catholic Appeal funded approximately
33% of the diocesan budget.
How is my gift used?
United Catholic Appeal 2010-2011 Allocations
2010-2011 UCA Allocations
Bishops Office – 10% - $94,000
Bishop’s Office
Bishop’s Ministries
Clergy Continuing Education and Formation 13% $123,615
Diaconate Office
Priests Continuing Education
Priests’ Retreats
Social and Pastoral Ministries 24% - $221,272
Hospital Ministry
Prison Ministry
Hispanic Ministry
Respect Life Ministry
Catholic Family Services
Youth Ministries
Parish and Mission Assistance
West Texas Catholic Newspaper
Office of Technology
Development Office
Spiritual and Evangelization 5% - $50,036
BDRC Programs
Retreat Center Operational Support
Support Services 15% - $157,143
Human Resources
Centralized Accounting
Plant and Maintenance
Business Office
Catholic Education 31% - $274,693
Seminarian Education
Faith Formation
Catholic Schools Office
Campus Ministry - West Texas A&M
Calculating the UCA Quotas
• This year’s UCA percentage is 10.1%, down
from 10.83% for 2011/2012. This percentage
is applied to a parish’s Net Assessable Income
to arrive at the annual quota.
• This method of calculating the UCA quotas
was established in 2008 by the Presbyteral
Council. The method of calculating the Net
Assessable Income was established in 2000.
Catholic Social Services
Supports God’s people through:
Prison Ministries – Provides
the spiritual needs of those
who are incarcerated in the
7 prisons within the Diocese
of Amarillo. Our Priests,
Deacons, and lay volunteers
ministered to over 1500
prisoners, held over 167
Masses and 298
Communion Services in
Prison Ministry
Catholic Social Services
Catholic Family Services
in affiliation with Catholic Charities
Over $25,000 plus is allocated to
support the work of Catholic
Family Service. CFS supports the
value and dignity of human life by
working to promote self-worth
and independence, and strives to
meet the ever-changing needs of
the community. A few of the
services provided are:
• InterFaith Hunger Project
• Emergency Youth Shelter
• Adult Eye Care
• Refugee Resettlement
and many more
Office of Youth Ministries
Supports parish leaders to help
Catholic youth hear and
respond to the call of Jesus
• Youth Ministers Training and
• Teen ACTS Retreats
• Parish Youth Ministries
• Diocesan Youth Rallies
• Thematic Retreats
• Youth Leader Training
West Texas A&M Catholic Student Center
Campus Ministry fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.
Awakening Retreats
Weds. Mass and Meal
Mission Trip
Monthly Community Service Project
Over 400 Young Adults participate at the Catholic Student Center in Canyon, Texas
Seminarian Education and Formation
The Diocese of Amarillo is blessed
to have six young men who have
answered their call to become a
priest. They are:
Scott Schwind; Grant Spinhirne:
Shane Weick; Adam Gonzales;
Taylor Elzner; Wanjiru (George)
The vocation team of the diocese reviews all candidates in the discernment process
of becoming a seminarian. Discernment groups are a place of spiritual formation,
And guidance during their discernment, through the application process and once
they are accepted and enrolled into a seminary.
Permanent Diaconate and Formation
The Permanent Diaconate office
assist the bishop in the care,
guidance, and support of deacons.
The Diaconate office helps with the
planning, supervision, and the
formation of diocesan deacons.
Deacons are able to perform
baptisms, celebrate marriages and
perhaps more importantly, visit the
sick and all those in need of pastoral
care and support.
17 men were ordained in 2011
The Diocese of Amarillo has 48
Permanent Deacons
Office of Faith Formation
Faith Formation works with our
parishes and schools in passing on
the Catholic faith by providing
specialized training for the religious
education leaders and teachers of
the Diocese of Amarillo. Activities
include religion certification, adult
faith formation, lay ministry training
and RENEW.
Some annual programs provided:
Catechetical Sunday
Catechist Workshops
Rite of Election
Ongoing Leadership Training for
Every hour of every day your gift changes lives. The unborn child
is spared. Children are provided the opportunity to attend an
authentically Catholic school. Men are formed as our next
generation of priests. Our young adults are continuously taking
another step in their Faith journey and may one day become our
future community leaders, doctors, and teachers.
Answering The Call to the Priesthood
Respect Life Ministries
Catholic Schools
Growing in Faith to do God’s Work
Contributing Time and Talent
Teaching Our Faith
6 Seminarians studying for the priesthood
2 Discerners
22 Diocesan Priests (Active)
12 External Priests (Active)
4 Religious Priests (Active)
10 Retired Priests
1 Retired Bishop
48 Permanent Deacons
Celebrating the Sacraments
1,133 Baptisms (including adults)
1,265 First Communions
558 Confirmations
716 Marriages
17 Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate
1 Ordination to the Priesthood
Over 300 Catholic Funerals
In parish religious education programs, with
6,243 students and over 700 catechists
In 5 Catholic schools with 750 students and
over 60 teachers
1 Campus Ministry program at West Texas
A&M with over 400 participants
41,016 Total Catholic Population
10,526 Identifiable registered members
3,480 Donors 2010-2011
*Information provided by the Diocesan Archive Office
and Official Catholic Directory 2011
2012-2013 United Catholic Appeal
Top 5 Ways to Enhance The United Catholic Appeal
Be enthusiastic about how the UCA impacts people in your parish and
throughout the Diocese.
Write a letter in the parish bulletin summarizing how the UCA has
helped your parish in specific ways.
Encourage Stewardship as A Way of Life.
Ask parishioners to join you in improving and expanding our Diocesan
ministries and focus your efforts on the people impacted by the UCA.
Make use of promotional materials, including bulletin inserts and pulpit
How Can I Help?
• Make a one-time financial donation during the campaign
which runs from July —June.
• Pledge to give the total amount of your donation over the
course of (10) ten months.
• All United Catholic Appeal donations & pledges should be
accompanied by a pledge card.
• Pray for the continuing generosity of God’s people.
Thank you for your Support!
As disciples of Jesus we are called to return to the Lord
the gifts He has so generously given to each of us.
As stewards, we share these gifts through our prayers,
service and generous sharing of financial resources.
United Catholic Appeal
Growing in Faith to do God’s Work
Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

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