What is the Annual Diocesan Appeal?

The Annual Diocesan Appeal supports the Bishop and ministries of the Diocese of Des Moines. The appeal provides almost three fourths of the operating revenue the diocese needs to fulfill its vital mission on an annual basis. Learn what the ADA supports. The remainder of the operating revenue is generated through grants, fees, and endowment earnings.

The Stewardship Office works in collaboration with parishes to coordinate a direct mail request to all registered parishioners in the Diocese. Pastors are encouraged to conduct an appeal in Mass during Annual Diocesan Appeal weekend using the ADA video.

How is the ADA Assessed?

The formula for the ADA goal is based upon income less any exempt expenses. Each parish has a goal that is fundraised rather than assessed as a cathedraticum (a tax that is charged to the parishes to cover operating costs of the Chancery, health insurance, and/or pension expenses). Parishes are responsible for providing for any remaining goal balances not raised by the end of the ADA. A parish and school resource manual is provided to all parishes to assist with the details of the record-keeping associated with the appeal.

ADA Resources for Parishes

Resources for parishes, schools, and ministries are available below, including a prayer for the ADA, graphics, sample announcements, and more.

Graphics & Marketing Materials

Below you will find graphics related to the ADA for your own parish marketing needs.

Bulletin Announcements

Suggested Weekends: Feb. 24/25, Mar. 2/3, & Mar. 11/12

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Bulletin Announcements

Weekend Prior to Appeal
Next weekend, March 2nd and 3rd is the kickoff weekend for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Each year, Bishop Joensen and <<pastor name>> ask each member of our parish family to make a prayerfully make a commitment to support the work of our Diocesan programs and ministries. These programs provide services that no one parish could provide on its own. With everyone’s participation we can definitely reach our goal. Our parish goal is $<< $$ >> and 100% participation. Remember that the money our parish raises above our goal stays right here at <<Parish name>>. Please experience the joy of giving and join us as we work to carry out our mission of serving the people of God in southwest Iowa.

 

 

Weekend of the Appeal
Today is Annual Diocesan Appeal Sunday throughout the Diocese of Des Moines. The Annual Diocesan Appeal gives us the opportunity to Cultivate Connections in Christ and support the ministries and services in this Diocese from which you and our parish benefit. Every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Appeal.

 

 

Weekend after the Appeal
A big "Thank You" to everyone who gave a gift this past weekend to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Our parish goal is 100% participation. Each and every person's gift brings us closer to that goal.

Remember, when we reach our parish monetary goal, any additional gifts stay right here for our own use. For those who have not made their gift, please join us in supporting the vital programs and services throughout the Diocese that no single individual or parish can offer.

Simply fill out a contribution card and place it in the offertory basket or drop it in the mail. Contribution cards and envelopes are located    .  Gifts can also be made online dmdiocese.org/giving. Thank you for your generosity and your support of the Annual Diocesan Appeal. 

 

 

  When Parish Reaches Goal
Thank you to all who responded so generously to the Annual Diocesan Appeal! Each year the success of this Appeal depends on you. Again, this year, you have done a wonderful thing - your gifts have helped to ensure that the Diocese of Des Moines will be able to continue its mission of serving the people of God in southwest Iowa.

 

Pulpit Announcements

Suggested Weekends: Feb. 17/18, Feb. 24/25, Mar. 2/3

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Pulpit Announcements

2 Weekends Prior to Appeal
The Annual Diocesan Appeal, which supports the work of the Catholic Church in Southwest Iowa, will take place in two weeks. The Appeal is not just another Sunday collection. It is a unified effort in which all Catholics in the Diocese of Des Moines join together to further the mission and ministry of our diocesan Church. We ask that each family of our parish pray for the success of the Appeal and consider a gift to sustain the Catholic Church in Southwest Iowa.

 

 

Weekend Prior to the Appeal
The Annual Diocesan Appeal or A-D-A will be conducted next weekend in our parish. The ADA provides more than $4.7 million in essential support and over 70% of ministry and operational needs on an annual basis. Please prayerfully consider how you, as an individual and a family, can support our Diocese as strive to Sow God’s Spirit by Cultivating Connections in Christ.

Our parish goal is <INSERT DOLLAR AMOUNT>. With 100% participation, this is very much attainable. Soon you will be receiving a letter or postcard in the mail asking you to give a gift to the ADA. I encourage you to prayerfully consider giving generously to this year’s Appeal.

 

 

 

Weekend of the Appeal
This weekend is the kick-off of the Annual Diocesan Appeal or A-D-A.  The ADA ensures that we can continue to Cultivate Connections in Christ throughout our community. The ADA helps us welcome people into communion, prepare disciples for the domestic church, draw our young people deeper into their faith and cultivate a culture of servant leadership. We invite you to watch this short video to learn more about how ADA is vital in supporting all the ministries of our Diocese.

<<show video before or after all weekend Masses>>

Thank you for watching our video on the ADA. At this time we invite each family to pick up a contribution card at the end of their pew (pause). We ask that each and every family of our parish pray for the success of the Appeal and consider making a gift. On the contribution card you may choose a one-time gift, a pledge to be paid over the next few months, or an ongoing gift, whereby you choose an amount to be paid each month until you ask the Diocese to stop.

Please complete both sides of the card.

Your contribution card can be placed in the collection basket, brought or mailed to the parish office, or mailed directly back to the Diocese. Or, you can give online at dmdiocese.org/giving. We need your help in meeting our parish’s ADA goal and sustaining the Catholic Church in southwest Iowa. Remember, once we meet our goal, our parish will receive any additional gifts for our local needs. Each prayer and every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Appeal. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

 

 

 

Weekend After the Appeal
Thank you to the _____ families who made a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal last weekend. We are _____ away from meeting our parish’s goal! If you have not yet made your gift, please prayerfully consider doing so. It is not too late.

Ongoing commitments to the Annual Diocesan Appeal help us to sow the seeds that sustain the Catholic Church in southwest Iowa. We prepare disciples for the domestic church, invite and welcome people into communion, draw young people into deeper communion and cultivate a culture of servant leadership as one diocesan family committed to serve and protect one another and bring each other to Christ. (this would be a good place to insert the ways that your parish makes use of the resources and services from the Diocese office.

Your contribution card can be placed in the collection basket, brought or mailed to the parish office, or mailed directly back to the Diocese. Or, you can give online at dmdiocese.org/giving. We need your help in meeting our parish’s ADA goal and sustaining the Catholic Church in southwest Iowa. Remember, When we meet our goal, our parish will receive any additional gifts for our local needs. Every prayer and each gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Appeal. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

 

 

 

If Goal Not Met
______ families have made a pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Our parish goal of 100% participation has not yet been met. Your help is needed. Please prayerfully consider supporting the Catholic Church in Southwest Iowa by pledging to the Appeal. A gift in any amount will be gratefully received and sincerely appreciated. Your contribution card can be placed in the collection basket, brought or mailed to the parish office, or mailed directly back to the Diocese. Or, you can give online at dmdiocese.org/giving. Thank you!

 

Appeal Letters
Forms & Manual