Make an Online Gift to Support the Annual Diocesan Appeal!
My dear friends in Christ:
During this Year of Faith, we are called to a deeper conversion. One way to respond is through prayer and material support for our faith community, our leadership and clergy, and for those who are served by the ministries and programs offered by the Church. A gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) is a reflection of your ongoing dedication and commitment to the Church, and I am sincerely grateful.
Each year, every member of our diocesan faith community is asked to participate to whatever degree possible by making a gift. As faithful stewards of our faith and the many gifts that God has generously bestowed on each of us, we are asked to make a sacrificial, proportionate and planned gift. Those who are blessed with more are challenged to give more, but everyone is asked to respond. Imagine what can be done in the name of our faith if every parishioner participates in this annual appeal, to the extent they are able.
Annual Diocesan Appeal Sunday is April 21, 2013, and our goal of $3,814,400 will provide approximately half the funds necessary to enable the Diocese to fulfill its vital mission. Each parish has been provided with a goal for its portion of the appeal. Your gift will help your parish reach or exceed its goal, 100 percent of the funds raised beyond this amount will be returned to your parish for local projects.
Please consider a gift to support this year’s appeal. All gifts, no matter the size, are greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for your ongoing generosity and support of the appeal. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your faith, generosity, and willingness to continue to work with me to foster the ministry of the church in the Diocese of Des Moines. Be assured of my prayers for you and your loved ones. I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines