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Come Follow Me is the theme for the 2019 Diocesan Appeal.  With this theme in mind we are all called to follow the example of Jesus, putting our faith into action by 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 generous gift to the 2019 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and teach the faith to young and old alike. That work takes many forms in many different diocesan ministries. Marriage preparation, promoting human dignity and respect for life, youth ministry, and vocations are just some of the diocesan ministries and services we support through 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.  Our goal this year for our parish is $58,480.00. Please remember that whatever we raise beyond this goal returns to our parish. 

Please join St. Mary in supporting the 2019 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:  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.

Through your gift, we can share the love of Jesus with our Catholic parish family and others throughout the Diocese. Thank you for your support as we participate in living the Church’s mission to be a witness of compassion and mercy to those in need. Some of the diocesan ministries funded by the Diocesan Appeal (DA) are:

  • Social Ministries (St. Elizabeth Center, Catholic Charities)


  • Catholic Education (Training Catechists for School and Religious Education, Certifications for Directors and Coordinators of RE programs,Developing school policies, dealing with personnel concerns, curriculum development. Youth Ministry, Diocesan Lay Ministry Formation, Diocesan Theological Institute)


  • Family Programs (Life and Family Evangelization office, Marriage Preparation and natural family planning, Dealing with issues of human dignity, Bishop Lane Retreats, Ministry Day, Hispanic Ministry)


  • Clergy and Religious (Seminarian Education, Permanent Diaconate Program, Retired Priests Pension Plan, Clergy Development, Vacations Office, Vicar for Clergy and Religious Office)



DA Chart - How funds are used