Pastoral Services Appeal


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Proud to be Catholic ~ Living Our Faith

The Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) is an annual fundraising appeal of the Orange Catholic Foundation that raises funds on behalf of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange that are granted to the Diocese of Orange for financial support of selected diocesan pastoral ministries and services which serve thousands of people throughout Orange County. For 2015, the Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) will kick off in parishes starting January 2015. Each year, the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) conducts the annual PSA in collaboration with the Pastors and Administrators from all 62 parishes and centers of the Diocese of Orange.

Our 2015 theme for the PSA is Proud to be Catholic ~ Living Our Faith.

The theme was chosen to remind Orange County Catholics that while we are proud of our faith and the impact that we collectively make on the greater community, as Disciples of Christ, we are living our faith in the name of our Lord.

Please see the Ministries Supported accordion for an explanation of ministries and services funded through the PSA.

Approved allocations for 2015-2016 of $6,222,000 to support eleven important ministries & services as described on the page will be funded by the efforts of every parish and center throughout the Diocese of Orange.

Each parish has an assigned PSA goal and 100% of all funds raised over that goal in payments are returned on a monthly basis to the parish for its own important projects.


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Through programs and services, provide support, training, formation, education and outreach that REINFORCES the mission of each individual parish and reaches out to those in the wider community.

The Purpose of the Pastoral Services Appeal:

  1. To educate Catholics about the Diocese of Orange and give them an opportunity to participate directly in the mission of the local Church.
  2. Through the OCF, to raise gifts of $6,222,000 to be granted for ministries and services funded by the PSA.
  3. To utilize the PSA rebate plan to fund parish ministries, charities and building projects.

2016 PSA Regional Workshop

October 16, 2015
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pastoral Center, 4th Floor Auditorium

2016 PSA Regional Workshop

October 17, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pastoral Center, 4th Floor Auditorium

PSA Kickoff

Save the Date: December 2, 2015
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  • Office of Vocations & Seminarian Education
  • Office of Diaconate Formation
  • Institute for Pastoral Ministry
  • Catholic Deaf Catholic

Education

Grants for Lay Ministry Formation and LMU Extension – $160,000: Lay faith formation is a priority of Bishop Vann. In the past year, 2,336 individuals received scholarships for basic catechist certifications, diaconate formation, master catechist programs, and other lay leadership ministry programs. In addition, 17 individuals received scholarships and are pursuing their Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from LMU in partnership with the Institute for Pastoral Ministry.

Master Catechist

Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance – $1,025,000: Our Catholic Schools guide and shape our Catholic leaders and business people of tomorrow. All Catholic families that desire a Catholic education for their elementary children should have this option available. In the past year, scholarships were provided to assist over 2,400 children who would not have otherwise been able to attend Catholic elementary school.

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Parish Stewardship Education – $143,284: The Parish Stewardship Education ministry fosters the practice of good Christian Stewardship throughout all parishes and centers in the Diocese of Orange. All individual Catholics and the diocese itself are called to model Christian stewardship, wherein individuals more fully live their baptismal call to discipleship. Stewardship is promoted through ongoing formation, conferences, workshops, networking meetings and by providing practical support and tools to assist clergy and lay leaders as they facilitate conversion of heart and the sharing of individual gifts with the Body of Christ.

Outreach Ministries

Catholic Charities of Orange County – $622,000: To serve people in need, strengthen family and community, support parish ministries and extend God’s love to all, Catholic Charities of Orange County served more than 165,000 individuals in the past year. Over 600,000 pounds of food was distributed to over 105,000 individuals; over 3000 individuals or families were counseled; nearly 11,000 individuals were assisted with citizenship services; approximately 350 families were assisted through Natural Family Planning; over 350 individuals with intellectual disabilities were provided retreat and 1200 family members were provided respite care. In addition, 288 senior residents received services in our low-income housing. For more information regarding Catholic Charities, visit www.ccoc.org.

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Catholic Deaf Community – $173,400: The religious and social support offered to Catholic deaf adults and children allows them to grow in their understanding of their giftedness and empowers them to become all they can be in our Catholic community and the world. Each year, religious education, sacramental preparation and liturgy are provided to hundreds of people in American Sign Language.

Office of Catholic Restorative Justice and Detention Ministry – $448,800: Nearly 300 volunteers provide spiritual formation and sacramental life for our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated in 12 facilities throughout the County of Orange. In the past year 20,532 hours of services and 44,552 contacts were made in four different languages. This ministry also works with parishes to form support groups to help restore relationships broken by crime including the victim, families, local community and the offender.

Clergy Formation and Support

Diaconate Formation and Support – $218,000: The Diaconate ministry encourages men to discern their calling to serve as Deacons and supports them through formation and continuing education. There are currently 34 men discerning this vocation. 120 active, permanent deacons serve a unique role in our diocese that provides vital assistance to our Bishops, parishes and the wider community through their primary charism of service to the poor, sacramental and liturgical support, and other vital functions in the Church.

Priest Continuing Education – $415,000: This ministry is provided through the Ministry to Priests Office and provides scholarships for post-graduate education and well-deserved sabbaticals for our priests to enable them to fully develop their gifts and provide support for a vibrant ministry life.

Seminarian Education – $1,128,500: Our priests are our link to providing the sacramental life for the faithful and pastoral support to all Catholics in the Diocese of Orange. The PSA funds seminarian education for 38 men aspiring for the priesthood in seven seminaries for the Diocese of Orange. In 2014, 3 men were ordained to the diocesan priesthood.

Vocations – $219,000: The Vocations ministry provides opportunities for men to learn about and discern their calling about the possibility of becoming a diocesan Catholic priest. The ministry provides information, mentoring and support to all in discernment, candidates and seminarians currently on their journey.

Orange Catholic Foundation

Diocesan Mission and Parish Philanthropic Development – $788,461: Provides a safe harbor for charitable gifts through endowments, major gifts, planned giving, the Pastoral Services Appeal, the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign and other important advancement efforts while nurturing Stewardship as a way of life throughout our diocese. The OCF also provides consultation to parishes for planned giving, parish capital campaigns, Stewardship education and other initiatives that support the vision and mission of every parish and center.

Pastoral Services Appeal Administration – $800,555: Provides campaign planning, design, training, resources and management of the Pastoral Services Appeal. Processes all pledges and payments, providing pledge redemption, online gifts, overall financial management and awarding of grants and distribution of parish rebates for the PSA.

Funding for Diocesan Pastoral Ministries and Services
Money donated to the Pastoral Services Appeal is used to carry out the mission of the Church by supporting the following pastoral ministries and services. Donations are restricted for only those categories listed and may not be used for any other purpose. Diocesan ministries not listed here are funded through an alternate funding source. Funds are raised during the annual PSA campaign conducted in all Parishes and centers from January to December of each year. The funds are granted to Diocesan Ministries for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1 through June 30.

Fiscal Year 2015 Grants

FAITH FORMATION
Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance
Grants for Lay Ministry Formation and LMU
Parish Stewardship Education (OCF)
$1,025,000
$160,000
$143,284
Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance
$1,025,000
Grants for Lay Ministry Formation and LMU
$160,000
Parish Stewardship Education (OCF)
$143,284


OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Catholic Charities (10% of total allocations)
Catholic Deaf Community
Catholic Detention Ministry
$622,000
$173,400
$448,800
Catholic Charities (10% of total allocations)
$622,000
Catholic Deaf Community
$173,400
Catholic Detention Ministry
$448,800


CLERGY FORMATION & SUPPORT
Diaconate Formation/Support
Clergy Continuing Education
Seminarian Education
Vocations
$218,000
$415,000
$1,128,500
$219,000
Diaconate Formation/Support
$218,000
Clergy Continuing Education
$415,000
Seminarian Education
$1,128,500
Vocations
$219,000


ORANGE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
Parish and Diocesan Development
$788,461
Parish and Diocesan Development
$788,461


CAMPAIGN ADMINISTRATION
PSA Parish Incentives
PSA Administrative Costs
$80,000
$800,555
PSA Parish Incentives
$80,000
PSA Administrative Costs
$800,555



TOTAL PROGRAM FUNDING:
$6,222,000
TOTAL PROGRAM FUNDING:
$6,222,000

Allocations approved and raised in one calendar year fund program budgets for fiscal year beginning with the upcoming year (7/1/15-6/30/16)

Q. I thought my gift to the For Christ Forever diocesan capital campaign included our PSA gift to cover future years during the capital campaign gift redemption.
A. The capital campaign included the 2013 PSA only. The campaign materials communicated that “In 2013, our capital campaign will include our annual appeal to support Diocesan pastoral ministries and services. The PSA will return in 2014.”

Q. Why is it important that Bishop Vann asks us to contribute to the PSA annually?
A. The PSA provides funding for the annual budgets of vital ministries and services that serve all 62 parishes and centers as well as thousands in the local community. These funds are used on an annual basis to cover annual operating and program expenses of our ministries (see the PSA brochure for a description of all ministries funded through the PSA or click on the link above “Ministries Supported”).

Q. Why were there two campaigns going on at the same time?
A. The capital campaign is an extraordinary campaign for extraordinary needs, the first ever in the history of our diocese to provide capital funds that are paid over time for more permanent projects such as growth of endowments, and renovation of the Cathedral campus. The PSA is an annual campaign to fund the annual budgets of our diocesan ministries. The PSA funds are fully utilized on an annual basis and require replenishing to keep these vital ministries operating. Currently in its 37th year, the PSA was initiated by Bishop Johnson for the people of our growing diocese to join together to build up the Church in Orange County. Our subsequent Bishops McFarland, Brown and now Bishop Vann believe that the PSA is necessary to continue to fund the important ministries and services that serve all Catholics in our Diocese as well as thousands of those in the community.

Q. I thought Catholic education was included in the For Christ Forever campaign goals; why does PSA also support Catholic education?
A. The PSA supports annual tuition assistance grants to Catholic elementary schools in our diocese. For example, the funds raised for the 2014 PSA were granted to schools for the 2014-2015 school year. The funds raised through the capital campaign are invested in an endowment which is a permanent fund that will provide annual income to the schools to supplement the PSA funding and other resources.

Q. Will I receive separate reminders for the capital campaign and the PSA?
A. Yes, the capital campaign reminders will be sent in an envelope with the For Christ Forever capital campaign logo on the communication at the beginning of every month for the requested payment schedule through 2017 or until the gift is fully paid. The PSA reminders will be sent in an envelope with the Proud to be Catholic-Living Our Faith PSA logo on the communication in the middle of every month for the payment schedule you request.

Q. When will I receive a tax acknowledgement for my gift to the capital campaign and the PSA?
A. You will receive a combined tax acknowledgement letter for the capital campaign and the PSA in January following that campaign year. If you have only a capital campaign pledge or a PSA pledge, then you will receive an acknowledgement for that campaign in January of the following year. If you do not receive a letter, you may contact the Orange Catholic Foundation at the contact information provided below.

Q. How much should I give to the PSA?
A. You are asked to prayerfully discern the amount of your PSA gift. Your sacrificial gift in any amount will be acknowledged as your commitment to our faith and your response to God’s many blessings.

Q. Who do I call if I have questions regarding my capital campaign or PSA pledge?
A. Call the Orange Catholic Foundation at (714) 282-3048 or aorozco@oc-foundation.org