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Archdiocese prepares for annual appeal
By Jesse Maldonado

1/31/2012
HOUSTON — As faithful stewards of God's gifts, thousands upon thousands of local Catholics have given their time, talent and treasure to the Archdiocese. In particular, through their support of the annual Diocesan Services Fund, local faithful support and express their intimate relationship with the larger Church. The Diocesan Services Fund Commitment Weekend is Feb. 4 and 5.

The theme of the campaign is "Go forth and bear fruit that will last" (John 15:16) to the Archdiocese. The theme centers around the vine that connects everyone to one another and to Him. The goal of the mission is to bear the lasting fruit of charity and plant the seed of hope in the world.

"The countless blessings of our faith come from the infinite goodness of our God revealed in Jesus. One of these supreme gifts is that our Lord calls us his friends," Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said in a letter about DSF to parishioners of the Archdiocese. "He assures us that we did not choose Him, but that in His great love he chooses us, bends to us, and shares with us. As recipients of such a marvelous love we are impelled to return it to God through our neighbor."

"The ministries supported by DSF funds also reach across our Archdiocese, touching thousands upon thousands of lives. They are open to you and anyone who needs them because of the generosity of those who are willing to give, even if it cannot be great sums of money. This openness and availability of ministry is the pastoral mission of the Church," the Cardinal added.

Through DSF, parishioners gain a better understanding of not only the needs of their immediate community, but also the needs of people all over the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. DSF brings needed financial resources to more than 60 pastoral and educational ministries in the Archdiocese.

From Family Life Ministry to Hispanic Ministry and to Correctional Ministries, Archdiocesan ministries are arms that reach out to all, especially those in most need. The achievement of the annual DSF goal ensures these ministries continue to thrive.
Despite the tough economic times last year, the Archdiocese witnessed a strong response by local Catholics according to the Archdiocesan Office of Development."As the nation struggles to recover from the economic crisis, these struggles reach into our own Archdiocese and touch the poor and marginalized, families and people in every walk of life," Roz Hill, Development Director for the Archdiocese, said in a letter to pastors. "Though we count on DSF funds to help address the needs of those facing serious hardships, we do not overlook the fact that for some, DSF participation will come with a sacrifice. However, the ministerial programs supported by DSF are crucial to assisting those in need, and the social programs funded by DSF are vital to celebrate and enrich the community."

All funds raised through DSF are spent within Archdiocesan boundaries, with the exception of support for the Church's missions in Guatemala. No funds are spent on general administrative expenses of the Chancery offices. †

MINISTRIES SUPPORTED BY DSF

Below is a list of all ministries that are supported by DSF:

Teaching, evangelizing and worship

Apostleship of the Sea
Catholic Schools Office
Chapels (Holy Cross Chapel; Warren Chapel)
Communications (Texas Catholic Herald; Archdiocesan Website; Internal Communications; Media Relations; Radio Ministry)
Continuing Christian Education (Faith Formation for All Ages; Ministry with Persons with Disabilities; After School Catechesis in Public Schools; Formation toward Christian Ministry; Sacramental Preparation Programs)
Ecumenism Commission
High School Scholarship Grants
Office of Worship (Formation; Consultation; Liturgy; Archdiocesan Choir; Liturgical Commission)
Pastoral and Educational Ministry (Evangelization Commission; Archdiocesan Pastoral Council; Parish Pastoral Council Training; Catholic Committees on Scouting)
Archdiocesan School Council

Ministering to the poor, sick and incarcerated

Angela House
Catholic Chaplain Corps (Hospital Ministry)
Catholic Charities Programs (Community Services): Basic Needs Services, Counseling, Disaster Recovery, HIV/AIDS Ministry, Immigrant Legal Services, Pregnancy Services, Senior Services. (Specialized Children's Services): Adoption Services, Foster Care, St. Jerome's Homes for Children, St. Michael's Homes for Children. (Housing Programs): Affordable Home Ownership Initiative, Transitional Housing. (Refugee Services): Refugee Resettlement. (Parish Relations and Advocacy): Parish Social Ministry, Advocacy
Correctional Ministries
Foreign Missions
Office of Justice & Peace/Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Our Daily Bread
San José Clinic
St. Dominic Center for the Deaf (St. Dominic Deaf Center; St. Dominic Deaf Club; St. Dominic Deaf Religious Education for Our Children)

Promoting, preparing and supporting the clergy

Clergy Pastoral Outreach
Department of Seminarians
Diaconate Formation Program
Good Leaders, Good Shepherds
Ongoing Formation of Priests
Ministry to Priests
Permanent Diaconate Ministry
Office of Vocations for Priesthood and Religious Life
Pope John XXIII Residence for Retired Priests

Nurturing and strengthening families

Aging Ministry
Camp Kappe
Ethnic Ministries (Ministry to Catholics of African Descent; Filipino Ministries; Vietnamese Ministries)
Family Life Ministry
Office of Hispanic Ministry
Respect Life Office
Special Youth Services
St. Dominic Village (Independent Living; Assisted Living; Nursing Home)
The Family Retreat Center at Circle Lake
Vicar for Judicial Affairs (Metropolitan Tribunal)
Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Youth Ministry †