Monday morning at a news conference, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez launched the 2021 Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's single largest and most important annual fundraising initiative. It benefits hundreds of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries in the Archdiocese. This year’s fundraising goal is $12.5 million with the theme “Giving Hope to All.”
The announcement took place at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center with due respect for and adherence to guidelines set forth by governmental health agencies.
Archbishop Pérez said, “By supporting the Catholic Charities Appeal, you are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, supporting veterans, those in recovery, and helping students with special needs to receive the Catholic education they deserve. You are helping desperate families get back on their feet and bringing joy to the lives of the aged and lonely. It is important to remind ourselves of the incredible work being done through the Appeal and how our brothers and sisters in need are encouraged, helped, and inspired with grace and dignity.”
Mr. William “Bill” J. Phelan, IV, Esq., President of the CCA Board of Directors, as well as representatives from CCA beneficiaries were also in attendance. Mr. Patrick Walsh, Director of Programs at Martha’s Choice Marketplace, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS); and Kathleen Clark from Lily’s Gift, a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Persons with Disabilities, The Office of Life and Family, and CSS, which provides support to families with prenatal diagnosis, offered brief remarks.
Today’s announcement was also streamed to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page. To view the broadcast, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ArchbishopPerez/videos/774867283430336.
Each year, CCA helps to ensure the vitality of countless organizations and ministries throughout the five-county Archdiocese. CCA beneficiaries are grouped into five areas of ministries including Education; Social Services; Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life; Clergy; and Local Mission Activities.
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Editor’s Note: The Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA) is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's single most important fundraiser, benefiting hundreds of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries in the Archdiocese. To learn more about the CCA, please visit: https://www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org/. CCA is powered by The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP), an independent, nonprofit community foundation. To learn more about CFGP, please visit https://thecfgp.org/