On October 16-17 2021, we will hold the annual collection for the mission appeal. By participating through prayer and financial support, we unite with our Catholic brothers and sisters throughout the world to do what Christ has asked all of us to do; namely, proclaim, teach, and live our Catholic faith.

Please look for your mission appeal envelope in the mail and bring it to mass with you, or donate online at:

www.rockforddiocese.org/donate

Bear Much Fruit (John 15:5) is the theme for the 2021 Diocesan Appeal.  With this theme in mind we are all called to maintain our connection to Jesus, bearing good fruit through what we say and do.  As always this time of year, I need to ask you for your help and support. It is during this busy season that we act together to help care for the larger Church of the Diocese of Rockford.

It is through your kind gift to the 2021 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus and teach the faith to young and old alike. That work takes many forms in many different diocesan ministries. Religious education, marriage preparation, promoting human dignity and respect for life, youth ministry, and vocations are just some of the diocesan ministries and services supported by this Appeal.

What we give in support to the Diocesan Appeal comes back to help us in many ways! Our parish itself receives support for many of the diocesan ministries including our religious formation programs, our schools, and in the future the very fruits of the vocations we which we pray. This is why the annual Appeal is so important to us and our Diocese.  Please remember that whatever we raise beyond this goal returns to our parish. 

Please join St. Joseph and St. Mary in supporting the 2021 Diocesan Appeal. This year, if you plan to make your gift by credit card or automatic withdrawal from your bank account, you can do so by visiting: http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donate  to donate easily and securely.  Feel free to contact our office if you would like further information about donating from a donor-advised fund or through your IRA.

Thank you for your support as we work together to live the Church’s mission and be a witness of compassion and connection to Jesus and one another.