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August 13, 2017

A Letter From Bishop Checchio -- 2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal

My sincere thanks to the parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Parish for your generous response to the 2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal. With pledges totaling $34,472.42, your parish achieved 90.71% of its $38,000 goal. I am grateful for your efforts and confident that, with some additional guidance from the Office of Stewardship and Development, you will be able to reach goal next year.

Through your efforts, and those of pastors, parish teams and generous parishioners across the diocese, total contributions exceeded $8 million. This is the highest amount the diocese has ever raised for our annual appeal and we had the highest number of donors in many years, too. Money raised over our goal will allow us to fund needed ministries that have been putting our diocese into deficit spending in recent years; so these above-goal funds will enable us to work at cutting that diocesan deficit we have been experiencing.

The outstanding results of the 2017 Appeal are a reflection of our commitment to our Catholic faith and will allow us to continue the vital ministries that serve thousands of people each day throughout Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Together, we are Ambassadors for Christ helping to make our world and our diocese a better place. God bless you and be assured you have my heartfelt gratitude and prayers.

With renewed best wishes, I am

Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend James F. Checchio,
Bishop of Metuchen

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