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Your Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Gift Funds These Ministries and Many More:

 

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The Diocese of Joliet serves 62 Catholic schools with a total of 21,428 students enrolled in seven counties of Northeastern Illinois. Approximately 42,000 students in more than 100 parish religious education programs also receive funding from the CMAA.

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“If you have a problem and need help, you can pray to God, and it will always get better because he’s always there for you. In Catholic school, I’ve learned that it’s important to share because you do to others as you want them to do to you.”

Raina Jain, grade 5, St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, hopes to be a doctor.

 

 

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“The best thing about our school is that it teaches children to love God and know that God the Father is always there for us. I’ve learned that being generous means giving to the best of your ability. I’ve learned that it’s important to be kind and to be a person who can be trusted.”

Sam Shishem, grade 5, St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, hopes
to be a lawyer.

 

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The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal provides funds to support the Diocese of Joliet Office for Human Dignity: Respect Life, Justice and Peace, and Missions.

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“The pro-life educational resources used by parishes and youth are made possible through the annual appeal. Post-abortive healing ministries, which offer hope and healing to women and families suffering with the pain of abortion, are also partially funded by the appeal. We thank you for your financial support of the CMAA as well as your prayers. We trust in the Father’s care daily. Our work is through and with God. His loving care is what leads us to work for and with the unborn, children, the elderly, and all people that we come in contact with.”

Alexandra Fedosenko
Diocese of Joliet Respect Life Coordinator

 

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The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal is conducted in parishes throughout the
Diocese of Joliet.

photo-5“It’s inspiring to give.”

“People supporting our annual appeal recognize their blessed status and know many others don’t have the same opportunities and chances in life. Our prayers include gratitude for your leadership: It’s inspiring to give. Everyone can share at some level. We appreciate everyone’s efforts, and holding the annual appeal vision collectively is important. The Church’s mission is to provide support and offer hope, and we’re able to accomplish this because of your generosity.
“Our Lord will not be outdone in generosity. Your support of the CMAA will be returned to you by the Lord in many ways. When you donate, you are a leader by example, returning to the Lord in a generous way, and you can be mindful that the Lord will care for you.”

Father Albert Heidecke, Pastor
Ordained in 1993
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Manteno

 

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The Diocese of Joliet currently supports 34 men in formation as diocesan priests.

photo-6“As Spiritual Adviser to the Serra Club, I have the opportunity to learn about how much seminarians and their families
appreciate all the support from the diocese.
“Praying for vocations is a responsibility of everyone, young and old. From the sacrament of baptism, we’re called to support all children of God in their search for Jesus Christ. We want to inspire vocations in our own parish communities and in our families, but we are a diocesan church. We pray specifically for our diocesan church; and what I do at the parish level is not only for the parish, but also for the diocese and the Universal Church.”

Father Peter Jarosz, ordained 1989, Pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, Lombard
 
He serves as Spiritual Advisor to the Serra Club, which fosters vocations to the priesthood and supports Catholic priests, as well as religious sisters and brothers.

 

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The CMAA provides funding to Catholic Charities to support people — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — who need practical assistance of any kind at any age.

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Catholic Charities provides outreach to people in emergency situations. After last November’s violent storms, Catholic Charities assisted people with food, housing, counseling, financial support, transportation, minor home repairs, household supplies, storage facilities, and child-care costs.

 

 

 

Did you know that in 2013 Catholic Charities provided the following to those in need:
■ 49,070 free meals served at Shepherd’s Table
■ 27,069 nights of shelter free of charge at Daybreak Shelter
■ 7,317 children from low-income families with school supplies and
health related services
■ 1,033 individuals with professional counseling
■ 2,789 low-income seniors the ability to live independently in their own
homes with help from Catholic Charities
Your CMAA gift helps fund these and more ministries of Catholic Charities.

 

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The Diocese of Joliet created this proactive program more than 10 years ago to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.

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“The Diocese of Joliet requires all volunteers and
employees and anyone working with children in the diocese to attend the Protecting God’s Children workshop. The process also includes background checks and fingerprinting for employees and volunteers who interact with children. This program is proactive so it can prevent abuse. The program is available throughout the diocese at all parishes throughout the year, and also in various languages. Participants learn important facts and communication skills. It’s difficult material to cover. It’s sad. But parents entrust their children to us, and we are responsible for the safety and well-being of all children of God.”

Bill Smirniotis
Director of Operations, Safe Environment Coordinator
St. Raphael Catholic Church, Naperville