Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany The Bishop’s Appeal 40 North Main Avenue Albany, New York 12203
NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID ALBANY NY PERMIT NO. 332
Please give as generously as you can to the 2010 Bishop’s Appeal.
All loving God,
You have graced us, your people, with every good gift.
We ask further for the gift of generosity.
Open our hearts and our hands to those among us in need,
knowing that when we do so
we use our gifts as you desire them to be used:
In service to our brothers and sisters in the human family.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Bishop’s Appeal will begin May 2, 2010.
You may make your gift through your parish, online at www.TheBishopsAppeal.org, or through
The Stewardship Office Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany 40 North Main Avenue Albany, New York 12203
Your gift will be credited to the parish of your choice and is tax deductible.
Among the more remarkable milestones of 2009 was your generosity to the Bishop’s Appeal, even in the face of the worst recession in sixty years. Your combined gifts once again greatly assisted the many good works of our Church across the fourteen counties of the diocese.
2010 marks the 56th anniversary of our diocesan Bishop’s Appeal as we face another challenging year. Cutbacks in funding for example have hit the agencies of Catholic Charities hard, while at the same time there has been a 30% increase in individuals and families seeking help with food, clothing, fuel and heating costs. People once able to make ends meet must now ask for assistance. The fact is that as government resources dwindle more and more, people are seeking help from the Church.
Your gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal are the main lifeline for a multitude of ministries which every day carry out the mission of Jesus Christ on earth. Your gifts sustain those services and programs which a parish cannot possibly undertake on its own. In this brochure you will see how your gift enables the parish and the diocese to become one, making people’s lives truly better through all the cycles of life. Please know that every gift, whatever the size, helps and is greatly appreciated I pray that we, the diocesan family, join together in faith and hope in this difficult economic time to extend His love and compassion to the most vulnerable among us. Thank you for your steadfast generosity in the past and for your support of the 2010 Bishop’s Appeal. Sincerely yours in Christ, Howard J. Hubbard, D.D. Bishop of Albany
Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal will support these diocesan programs and services Education Diocesan School Support Evangelization and Catechesis
Pastoral Services Apostolates and Ethnic Ministries Campus Ministry Catholic Media Capital Region Ecumenical Organization Ecumenical Commission Family Life Pastoral Health Care Pastoral Planning Prayer and Worship Scouting Tribunal Youth Recreation Religious Personnel Development Consultation Services Initial Ongoing Formation Permanent Diaconate Office of Priest Personnel Vicar for Religious
Administration Architecture and Building Commission Archives Building and Property Expense Cathedral Chancery Operations Contingencies Support Services Stewardship Information Technology Office of Human Resources
Extra-Diocesan Responsibilities to the Larger Church Holy Father The Holy See US Catholic Conference NYS Catholic Conference Health and Social Services Catholic Charities
Youth and Young Adult Ministry “Helped me grow as a person and become a better me”………. Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life Office
David Stagliano coordinates our diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry program as part of the Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life. David organizes opportunities for teens and young adults of the Albany Diocese to connect with one another through a variety of faith experiences which include the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI), The Service Action Learning Team, and the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team, who plan various activities and represent youth on the Diocesan Pastoral Council. A major event is the National Catholic Youth Conference to which the Diocese of Albany has been sending a delegation for over twenty years. Angela Paolucci, Shane Burke and Madeline Ringwald, seen in the photo with David, are three bright and enthusiastic young people who participate in and benefit from diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “My faith has always been an important part of my life. I grew up in a religious family, where my values were developed. Through my involvement in my parish’s youth ministry program I attended the 2007 National Catholic Youth Conference in Columbus, Ohio where my faith values were reaffirmed in seeing twenty-five thousand teens who believe the same things I do and who were making a difference. When I returned home from the four day pilgrimage, I put my faith into action by becoming a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, a youth member of the Parish Council and a Catechist. These ministries are important to me because they allow me to use my God given talents to serve the community.” Angela Paolucci, Corpus Christi Parish • Senior, Shenendehowa High School
“By being part of youth ministry in my church and my Community, I have been able to grow as a person and to develop a personal spirituality and prayer life, allowing me to incorporate my faith into my daily life and to gain a better relationship with God, my church, and even my family. Youth ministry has helped me get involved in my church, my faith community. Being part of youth ministry has been a blessing on my life and has helped me grow as a person and become a better me.” Shane Burke, Christ Our Light Parish • Senior, South Colonie High School “Taking an active role in the Albany Diocese has made me realize that the Catholic Church is not dying out; this is clear to anyone who is exposed to the enthusiastic youth of our diocese, and even of the nation. My faith not only means a great deal to me personally, but has enabled me to connect with others who share this faith and reach out to those who have not yet had the chance to take part in the opportunities the Albany Diocese offers to young people. Madeleine Ringwald, St. Vincent DePaul Parish • Junior, Albany High School
Love, Mercy & Compassion, A Continuum of Care ………… Catholic Charities Community Maternity Services Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal supports the diocesan Vocations Office to guide and care for those who are called to the priesthood and consecrated life.
For 18 year old Corrine and her baby daughter Cecelia, the Heery Center, operated by Community Maternity Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has provided an invaluable source of support, care and love for pregnant teens on the journey of learning to be a parent. “I don’t know where I would be without this place”, said Corrine cradling adorable four month old Cecelia.
CMS operates three main residential assistance programs which provide a continuum of services, caring for children, families and pregnant and parenting adolescents. All services are provided regardless of income, age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, lifestyle or religious belief. CMS provides those in need with a loving, safe environment empowering young girls to become responsible adult parents. Pregnant teens live at the Joyce Center for the term of their pregnancy. While at the Joyce Center, young women receive academic schooling along with education on issues such as parenting, adoption options, life skills and sexuality. Residents also receive group, individual and family counseling.
The Heery Center is a residence presently housing 10 mothers and their children. Approximately 50% of Joyce Center residents move on to the Heery Center after the birth of their child. At the Heery Center, young mothers complete schooling while they learn how to care for their child in a responsible and nurturing manner. Some Heery Center residents move on to the Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) which provides apartments and helps young mothers to become proficient in skills that are required to run a household.
Mothers who pass through Community Maternity Services maintain relationships with dedicated staff members like Tameka Lawyer, a caseworker at SILP shown to the far left next to Regina Middleton, who directs the Heery Center, and Judy Cannata, Clinical Social Worker at the Joyce Center, shown to the right of baby Cecelia and Corrine. “Our girls leave but it doesn’t stop there, we are a family” said Tameka.