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United Catholic Appeal Growing in Faith to do God’s Work. 2012-2013 Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo. Mission Statement of the Diocese.
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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 today.
The mission calls the Diocese of Amarillo to:
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.
Bishops Office – 10% - $94,000
Clergy Continuing Education and Formation 13% -$123,615
Spiritual and Evangelization 5% - $50,036
Support Services 15% - $157,143
Socialand Pastoral Ministries 24% - $221,272
Catholic Education 31% - $274,693
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 2010.
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
Supports parish leaders to help Catholic youth hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ.
Campus Ministry fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.
Over 400 Young Adults participate at the Catholic Student Center in Canyon, Texas
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) Ndung’u.
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.
17 men were ordained in 2011
The Diocese of Amarillo has 48 Permanent Deacons
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.
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:
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
Teaching Our Faith
6,243 students and over 700 catechists
*Information provided by the Diocesan Archive Office and Official Catholic Directory 2011
Contributing Time and Talent
Celebrating the Sacraments
Top 5 Ways to Enhance The United Catholic Appeal
2) Write a letter in the parish bulletin summarizing how the UCA has helped your parish in specific ways.
3) Encourage Stewardship as A Way of Life.
4) Ask parishioners to join you in improving and expanding our Diocesan ministries and focus your efforts on the people impacted by the UCA.
5) Make use of promotional materials, including bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements.
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.