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united catholic appeal growing in faith to do god s work

United Catholic AppealGrowing in Faith to do God’s Work


Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

mission statement of the diocese
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 today.

The mission calls the Diocese of Amarillo to:

  • Build unity among all peoples
  • Discern the spiritual needs of the faithful
  • Foster an ever-more faithful witnessing and following of Christ
  • Build up the Body of Christ
about the appeal
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.

2010 2011 uca allocations
2010-2011 UCA Allocations

Bishops Office – 10% - $94,000

  • Bishop’s Office
  • Chancellors
  • Archives
  • Bishop’s Ministries

Clergy Continuing Education and Formation 13% -$123,615

  • Diaconate Office
  • Priests Continuing Education
  • Priests’ Retreats

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

Socialand Pastoral Ministries 24% - $221,272

  • Hospital Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Respect Life Ministry
  • Catholic Family Services
  • Tribunal
  • Youth Ministries
  • Parish and Mission Assistance
  • West Texas Catholic Newspaper
  • Office of Technology
  • Development Office

Catholic Education 31% - $274,693

  • Seminarian Education
  • Faith Formation
  • Catholic Schools Office
  • Campus Ministry - West Texas A&M
calculating the uca quotas
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
Catholic Social Services

Supports God’s people through:

Prison Ministry

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.

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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
Office of Youth Ministries

Supports parish leaders to help Catholic youth hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ.

  • Youth Ministers Training and Workshops
  • Teen ACTS Retreats
  • Parish Youth Ministries
  • Diocesan Youth Rallies
  • Thematic Retreats
  • Youth Leader Training
west texas a m catholic student center
West Texas A&M Catholic Student Center

Campus Ministry fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.

  • Awakening Retreats
  • Adoration
  • Weds. Mass and Meal
  • Mission Trip
  • Monthly Community Service Project
  • Fellowship

Over 400 Young Adults participate at the Catholic Student Center in Canyon, Texas

seminarian education and formation
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) 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.

permanent diaconate and formation
Permanent Diaconate and Formation

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.

office of faith formation
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 Renew

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


growing in faith to do god s work 2010
Growing in Faith to do God’s Work2010

Teaching Our Faith

  • 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

Contributing Time and Talent

  • 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
2012 2013 united catholic appeal
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.

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.

how can i help
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

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.

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United Catholic AppealGrowing in Faith to do God’s Work


Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo