The Diocesan Catholic Appeal is a fundraising campaign in which each parish is asked to undertake and invite parishioners to support the operational needs of the larger Church of Lubbock.
The Diocesan Catholic Appeal impacts the faith lives of families, individuals, and communities throughout the 25 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock. Close to 137,000 self-identified Catholics live and worship in the diocese.
The Diocesan Catholic Appeal traces its roots to 1981 when most of the diocese was part of the Diocese of Amarillo. Then called the United Catholic Appeal (UCA), the campaign replaced a per capita assessment on each parish. When the Diocese of Lubbock was established in 1983, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal was created, taking many best practices from the UCA.
Now in its 33rd year, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal is one of the largest sources of revenue for the Diocese of Lubbock, providing just more than 30 percent of its operating income. Without the DCA the diocese simply would be unable to continue the ministry of Christ.
The remaining income comes from grants from private foundations, donations from individuals and Catholic organizations, investment income and fees paid for workshops, conferences and training materials.
The charts below provide a review of the sources of income the diocese receives toward its approximate $5.07 million annual budget and how those sources are spent to build the Body of Christ throughout West Texas.
The Diocesan Catholic Appeal changes lives by providing ministries and services to people throughout the diocese that build on the basic building blocks of our faith. All parishes benefit from the ministries of the Diocesan Catholic Appeal through:
Support of your home parish is very important; but, all parishes benefit from the ministries outlined above. Also, your parish is obligated under Canon Law to pay to the diocese the amount of their quota to support the larger Church.
Without your support of the DCA, your parish would be required to pay this amount to the diocese from its weekly collection.
The total amount of payments you and your fellow parishioners make to the diocese that exceeds the quota is shared equally with the parish. The term “rebate” is used to describe this process.
Twenty-nine parishes received rebates in 2014-15, totaling more than $111,000, which they used for religious education programs, construction projects, youth programs, debt retirement and many other important ministries of the parish. This serves as an additional fundraiser for parishes during the year.
These are reasons your pastor and your bishop ask that all the Catholic faithful of the diocese unite as one family in thanksgiving and generosity to the DCA to benefit the local Church in West Texas.
Every parish is assigned a specific dollar amount as its share of the overall Diocesan Catholic Appeal goal. Parish goals are based on the average assessable income throughout the most recently completed fiscal year. Building fund, fundraisers, all second collections, net religious item sales, school tuition/income are exempt from assessable income.
If you prefer to make your gift all at one time, you may do so; however, most people are able to make a larger total gift to the appeal by making stewardship gifts to the DCA throughout the year instead of at one time.
For example, a $750 commitment at the Bishop’s Guild level may be paid in twelve monthly payments of $62.50 each, which may be easier to budget than a one-time gift. The commitment form lists several options for monthly payment of a DCA gift, including making online payments at www.catholiclubbock.org/DCA.
Regardless of the manner in which you make payments toward your stewardship gift, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal mails or emails (depending on the option you choose on your commitment form) a statement each month. Once your commitment is fulfilled, you will no longer receive a statement in that campaign year. If you remit your payments electronically and want to be sure that your statements are emailed, please check that option on your commitment form or contact the Finance Office at (806)792-3943 or .
In 2014-15, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal raised more than $1.347 million, or 30.65 percent of the income of the Diocese of Lubbock Source: FY15 Audit
These funds were used, without exception, to support the ministries, programs and services to those in need throughout the Church in the 25 counties of the diocese.
It is our continuing commitment to you to use all the funds received during the 2016-17 Appeal to provide these services and meet the needs of the Catholic faithful throughout the 63 parishes of the Diocese of Lubbock.
The amount you choose to give to the DCA is a personal decision, made after prayerful discernment. God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents, and abilities which are to be shared responsibly and wisely with others. You are invited to join with other Catholics in the diocese in support of this appeal from your bishop. As we Proclaim the Mercy of the Father we recognize that stewardship is more than performing occasional acts of charity and service. It is a holy way of life, a commitment to giving our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received.
If you did not make a pledge to the campaign, or are new to the diocese, please pick up one of the commitment forms, envelopes and brochures in your parish.
For more information, please contact 806-792-3943, .