Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal

Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal

February 25, 2018 – “Love Made Visible”

A gift to the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal supports the ministries of the Diocese of Harrisburg to meet the social services and ministerial needs of the people in our 15 counties.

2018 Bishop's Lenten Appeal- "Love Made Visible"
The Bishop's Lenten Appeal

“The commitment that you will make through your gift will touch thousands of lives in ways we may never know. The vocation of marriage and the families of our Diocese will be strengthened through the Office of Family and Respect Life Ministries. Catechists, teachers, and sport coaches will receive training and support through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis and Sports Ministry; Catholic schools and after-school programs will find their support so that children and young people can grow in the beauty of our Catholic faith. Ministries on college and university campuses will be strengthened and supported so our sons and daughters will know that the Church is still there for them on Campus. A homeless mother and her unborn child will be provided with hope, food, and shelter at Lourdeshouse Maternity Home. The Lenten Appeal enables ministries that individual parishes cannot supply.”

~ Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg

Lenten Appeal Allocation Graph
  • Evangelization
  • Respect for Life
  • Vocations
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Clergy and Consecrated Life
  • Liturgy and Worship
  • Religious Education
  • Catholic Schools
  • Adult Religious Formation
  • Bible Study
  • Charismatic Renewal
  • Diocesan Institute
  • Youth Protection
  • Safe Environment Education and Training
  • Black Catholic Apostolate
  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Vietnamese Apostolate
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Catholic Charities
  • Interfaith Shelter for Families
  • Evergreen House
  • Lourdeshouse
  • Financial Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Social Media
  • Catholic Scouting
  • Youth Ministry
  • Campus Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Health Care Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • Senior Adult Ministry
  • Retrouvaille
  • Beginning Experience
  • Engaged Encounter
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Tribunal
  • Landings
  • Communications
  • Catholic Witness
  • Cemeteries
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Counseling Services
  • Social Outreach
  • Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Ecumenism
  • Archives

At the Parish: Your parish office is ready to accept your pledge via cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to the parish and are to be mailed or delivered to the parish office directly.

Online: To charge your donation to Mastercard or Visa, simply click the “Donate Now” button above.

Phone Assistance: Still not sure which way you’d like to participate this year? Give your parish office a call, or contact the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Lenten Appeal Office at 717-657-4804, ext. 336.

Bishop Ronald Gainer speaking on the radio.

The Church makes use of various forms of communication in today’s world to share the Good News with others. The Lenten Appeal directly supports the diocese’s diverse communication efforts to evangelize with today’s media. These vehicles include the diocesan Web site, The Catholic Witness newspaper in print and on the Web, social media efforts such as an active Facebook page and YouTube channel accessible via the diocesan Web site, the Insight monthly e-newsletter, radio broadcasts and television programming. These vehicles of communication yield countless opportunities to spread the Church’s mission and to support the good works of the various ministries of the diocese and its parishes.

The Lenten Appeal provides support for a variety of educational opportunities, whether in a school, parish or diocesan setting, regarding instruction in the faith. The Diocese educates 11,606 in its 35 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools, pre-school and kindergarten programs. 16,633 attending public schools received religious instruction in 89 parish programs of religious education. Adult education is provided through the Diocesan Institute, in parish-based programs as well as through the Rite of Christian Initiation and the continuing education for priests and deacons.

Evangelization is fundamental to the overall mission of the Church. It is always rooted in faith and involves a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to a profound experience of conversion. All are called to know Christ and to make Him known to others. This is the responsibility of the entire Church and is securely located in the activity of the local Church, both at the parish and diocesan levels. This is accomplished in a myriad of opportunities: from Bible study; to retreat experiences; through youth programs and activities; by chaplains in hospitals and prisons; through missionary activity both at home and abroad; through marriage preparation and sacramental formation; as well as outreach in soup kitchens, food pantries, refugee resettlement and in meeting cultural needs of those from other lands.

Babies at Catholic Charities

Support for the Lenten Appeal provides funding for the programs and activities of Catholic Charities, including Adoption and Foster Care programs, Homes for Healing – Lourdeshouse, The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Evergreen House and Hope House – Paradise School and the Bishop Dattilo Retirement Residence for priests. Funding is also provided to meet the temporal needs of the diocese and to assist parishes in becoming good stewards with sound financial practices and review.

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