The Need is Great for Essential Services Provided by the Catholic Community
The Catholic Faith Appeal, or CFA, is a core component of the Catholic Support for our community. This year, more than ever, these programs have an increased need that we are all called to aid those who cry out for help. Please take a few moments to watch Bishop Dewane’s video explaining the need to the Catholic Faithful in our area:
As part of our Parish’s commitment, we have been assigned the same goal of $572,000 this year for the annual Catholic Faith Appeal. We are so very blessed that our Parish Family was able to meet this goal last year, and we have been called to do so again. The Catholic Faith Appeal reflects the opportunity to act in concert with 60 other Parishes to address needs we all consider important as Catholics right here in Southwest Florida. Some of the programs the CFA gifts support include:
- Catholic Charities: As a leading provider of social services, Catholic Charities supports over 40,000 people with programs like direct assistance to pay their utility bills, emergency intake programs for those that have become homeless, ending human trafficking in our backyard, citizenship assistance, and veteran housing.
- Catholic Schools: It costs a tremendous amount to provide a high-quality education, and the CFA supports the Catholic Schools in the area to ensure members of our community can have access to this faith-based education system through high school
- Vocations: From the Seminarian programs that instruct our future priests and deacons to providing support for the 35 different women’s religious orders and 26 different communities of brothers and priests within the Diocese, the CFA ensures we provide for the education and well-being for those who have dedicated their lives in service to us and our faith.
Every dollar that our Parish goes over our CFA Goal will come back to the church as income that is not assessed for the next year’s goal. We will use all of the excess directly to the Finish the Church loan principal, assisting us in shortening the time it will take us to fulfill this obligation. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving to the CFA for your end of the year contribution to help us both meet our goal and Finish the Church at the same time! Please contact Jean-Paul Boucher, our Business Manager, if you need assistance with a CFA gift. A check should be made out to the Catholic Faith Appeal with the memo line: Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church. You can also give online directly at the Diocese at the below link (please remember to choose “St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples” in the Designation choice):