Collection Aids Work in U.S. and Diocese
National Appeal Weekend Jan. 19-20
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 10, 2019
DIOCESE—The 2019 National Appeal, a collection in parishes across the diocese that combines what would otherwise be six separate collections, will take place the weekend of Jan. 19-20.
Calling them “established efforts to share the faith here in the United States,” Bishop David Malloy in his letter to parishioners across the diocese touches on the various appeals.  
They are:
The Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) helps around 31,000 elderly Catholic women religious sisters, brothers and religious order priests when their orders struggle to provide for their aging members, many of whom worked for years for small stipends. Last year this diocese provided $118,332 to this part of the combined collection.
The Catholic University of America (CUA) is located in Washington D.C. Established in 1887, it provides an exceptional Catholic education in a faith-filled atmosphere. Last year, the Rockford Diocese contributed $6,650 for student financial aid. 
Catholic Campaign for Human Development works through grants to local community-based groups that help create jobs, improve education and strengthen neighborhoods. This diocese distributed $17,353 last year to this effort. 
Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) supports media projects around the U.S. and in our diocese to help spread the Good News of Jesus through various communications channels. Last year through this combined appeal, the diocese provided $113,454 to this effort. 
Catholic Elementary Schools in the diocese benefit from this combined collection also, targeting the collection to help underprivileged schools continue to provide a quality, Christ-centered education to their students. From the National Collection in 2018, the diocese distributed $76,419 to needy schools of the diocese. 
Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension supports retired diocesan priests, so many of whom continue 
to assist in parishes and do other Catholic service. Last year, $121,173 was contributed through this combined collection. 
As with all the Rockford Diocese combined collections, donors are welcome to designate their donation to benefit particular appeals or to have the bishop distribute their gift according to his determination of need.
“Please be generous and offer what you can,” Bishop Malloy says in his letter, adding “and help promote the Gospel through these worthy causes.”