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Prayer Service

Diocesan Stewardship 2010

One Priestly People: Supporting Each Other through Sacrifice and Service

Call to Prayer:

Loving God, we praise You and give You thanks. Help us to grow more in union with each other as we live out our baptismal call to be priest, prophet and king. During this Year for Priests, bless our priests with your love. Strengthen the unity between the laity and clergy. We pray in particular for those who have wandered from our community. By your grace and our Christian witness, guide them back to our Catholic community. This we pray in Jesus' name. All: Amen

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church--Reader 1:

The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet and king... While the common priesthood of all faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace--a life of faith, hope and charity... the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood... The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church.

From Pope Benedict's Letter Proclaiming the Year for Priests--Reader 2:

Priests and laity together make up the one priestly people [cf. Lumen Gentium, 10] and in virtue of their ministry, priests live in the midst of the lay faithful, "that they may lead everyone to the unity of charity, `loving one another with mutual affection; and outdoing one another in sharing honor.'" (Rom 12:10) (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 9)

Quiet Reflection--Choose one of the questions below:

1) Please reflect about the role of priesthood. 2) All Catholics are baptized as priest, prophet and king. What does that mean for lay people living out those attributes in our new life in Christ and in union with the ordained clergy? 3) How do we link these key insights to our presentation of Diocesan Stewardship 2010? 4) How do we link the teachings of stewardship to this year's theme? Please share any insights about any of these questions. Do you have a prayer intention we could offer with you? Leader: Let us recite together the prayer Jesus taught us. "Our Father..."

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Diocese of Rockford

Table of Contents

Letter from Bishop Doran ................................................................................................................................................................ 1

Diocesan Stewardship Overview, Phases! Goals and Theme Summary ......................................................................... 2

Parish Leadership &Checklist ........................................................................................................................................................3

Diocesan Stewardship Budget, Three Year Review ............................................................................................................... 4

Major Changes in the Budget ....................................................................................................................................................... 5

Potential Parish Results if 33% Gave 1% of Income ........................................................................................................... 6-7

Ideas for Success Recommended by Parishes ..................................................................................................................... 8-9

Timetable and Instructions for the Direct Mail Approach ...........................................................................................10-11

Timetable and Instructions for the In-Church Method ................................................................................................12-13

Sample Advance Letters:

Diocesan Stewardship only .....................................................................................................................................................14

Combining Parish and Diocesan Stewardship ofTreasure Appeals ......................................................................... 15

Sample Pledge Cards and Envelopes:

In-Church Envelope ...................................................................................................................................................................16

Diocesan Pledge Card - Direct Mail Method .................................................................................................................17

Combining Parish and Diocesan Pledge Card In-Church Method ..................................................................... 18

Combining Parish and Diocesan Appeals - Direct Mail Method ............................................................................19

Various Giving Options:

Major Givers to Diocesan Stewardship ...............................................................................................................................20

Beyond Cash &Checks .............................................................................................................................................................21

Planned Giving for Diocesan Stewardship ........................................................................................................................22

Donor Advised Funds ...............................................................................................................................................................23

Presenting the Message:

Linking Parish Ministries with Diocesan Ministries ..................................................................................................24-26

Facts and Statistics from Diocesan Ministries ............................................................................................................27-28

Tips for Presenting the Annual Appeal .........................................................................................................................29-30

Sample Presentation ...........................................................................................................................................................31-32

Sample Prayers of the Faithful ...............................................................................................................................................33

Follow up Overview:

Bulletin Announcement for any time in the year ...........................................................................................................34

Bulletin Clip Art - Witnesses for Diocesan Stewardship from PastYears .......................................................35-36

Follow-up Procedures .....................................................................................................................................................................37

Telephone Follow up ................................................................................................................................................................38

Sample Telephone Script .........................................................................................................................................................39

Sample Follow up Letters:

Thank You to donors .................................................................................................................................................................40

Non-respondents to Diocesan Stewardship ....................................................................................................................41

Appendix: Diocese of Rockford Officials! Agencies, and Organizations .............................................................. 42-52

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March/April 200 Reverend and dear Fathers, Deacons, and Parish Lay Leaders, Last year at this same time, we were experiencing the harsh effects of the economic downturn. Many of our diocesan members were losing their jobs, getting pay cuts, or receiving dramatically less from their retirement savings. In spite of this, we asked our people to sacrifice for their parish and diocese. They responded inspirationally by placing their trust in God and affirming their deep commitment to Christ's Mission lived out in the Church. I am very grateful to them for their sacrifices, and for your leadership which inspired their response. I hope these good people, many of whom are still mired in the bad economic conditions that still persists in our country, will pardon me for presuming on their generosity yet again. I am sure they understand that while I must do this, I realize the circumstances under which they labor. This year's theme emphasizes the common call of all baptized Catholics and the essential role of the ordained ministry. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the bond between all baptized and the ordained as: The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet and king ... While the common priesthood of all faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace ­ a life of faith, hope and charity... the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood ... The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church (paragraphs 546-547). In his Letter proclaiming the Year for Priests, Pope Benedict connects with the truth cited above by stating, "Priests and laity together make up the one priestly people [cf. Lumen Gentium, 0] and in virtue of their ministry, priests live in the midst of the lay faithful, `that they may lead everyone to the unity of charity, `loving one another with mutual affection; and outdoing one another in sharing honor."' (Rom 2:0) (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 9) What do these profound truths of our faith have to do with our efforts to invite our people's support of diocesan ministries through gifts of time, talent and treasure? Simply put, a reason for having diocesan ministries is to achieve more fully this ideal of the "unity of charity." For example, this happens when our diocesan: V Vicar for Clergy and Religious assists our priests in the variety of their ministries with their on-going education, personal and professional development, and spiritual growth; V Campus Ministry helps college students to grow in faith and Church leadership; V Diocesan Catholic Charities staff bring assistance and compassion to those in need; and V Lay Parish Pastoral Leaders, under the leadership of their pastor, work closely with diocesan offices and committees such as Ministry Formation, Stewardship, Evangelization, to name a few. By our striving to live out the ideals of our baptism and those ideals of the ordained ministers, may we give witness to our "unity in charity, loving one another with mutual affection" so that those who have wandered from our faith community may find in our Christian witness the inspiration for them to return to active participation. While the economic situation is said to be improving, our people's support of their diocesan and parish ministries will call for their sacrifice. I am positive that they will respond as best as they can out of love and commitment. I can never express enough my heartfelt thanks to them for their prayers and support, and to you for your leadership. With every good wish, I remain ... Cordially yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D. Bishop of Rockford One Priestly People - Supporting Each Other Through Service and Sacrifice

Diocesan Stewardship Overview, Phases, Goals and Theme Summary

Phases of The Appeal

Recruitment Phase: Planning Phase: Presentation Phase: Follow-up Phase: enlisting, orienting and organizing the parish committee. choosing the strategies of the appeal and preparing the message and means for the people to pledge. delivering the message of stewardship and participation in the life of the Diocese and the encouragement to pledge. choosing a parish strategy to encourage non-respondents to make a pledge, and supporting diocesan follow-up activities.

Goals of Diocesan Stewardship

to educate about the teachings and practices of Stewardship to educate about the diocese, its ministries and the connections between parish and diocese to invite participation in the mission of the diocese through the individual's gifts of time, talent and treasure v to enlist the participation of at least 40% of the parish's membership v to achieve at least 0% of the parish's financial goal

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Background and Reflections on the Theme for Diocesan Stewardship 2010 One Priestly People: Supporting Each Other Through Service and Sacrifice

The 200 theme points out that all Catholics are baptized priest, prophet and king. (Catechism of the Catholic Church para.546-547) The common priesthood is exercised by a life lived in faith, hope, and charity. As prophet the baptized proclaim the message of Jesus Christ to the world and works for its transformation according to the Gospel. Christ the King redefines importance by teaching that He came to serve - not to be served. Because of baptism, we share in the life of Christ as brothers and sisters, each with their own distinctive roles, and responsibilities using our time, talent, treasure and assets to further God's Mission. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed this year as the Year for Priests. The Holy Father points out: "... recall the Second Vatican Council's hearty encouragement to priests to be sincere in their appreciation and promotion of the dignity of the laity and of the special role they have to play in the Church's Mission. They should be willing to listen to lay people, give brotherly consideration to their wishes, and acknowledge their experience and competence in the different fields of human activity." Seven witnesses reflect on these profound truths of our faith, link them to our Church's stewardship teachings, and point out their relationship to specific diocesan ministries. They are: Monsignor Eric Barr, Vicar for Clergy and Religious and pastor of St. Mary, Durand and St. Patrick, Irish Grove; Monsignor Timothy Doherty, Ph. D, Diocesan Ethicist, and Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Dundee and St. Mary, Gilberts; Rev. F. William Etheredge, Superintendent of Aurora Deanery Catholic Schools, and Principal of Aurora Central Catholic High School; Rev. Chris Kuhn, Pastor of St. Mary, St. Michael Parishes, Galena and Holy Trinity, Scales Mound; Ms. Denise Sanders, Campus Ministry, Newman Catholic Campus Student Center, DeKalb; Mrs. Rosie Gilfether, Diocesan Pastoral Associate, SS. Peter and Paul, Cary; and Mrs. Julie McCormick, Catholic Charities Ombudsman Program, Sterling Deanery.

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Parish Leadership & Checklist for a Successful Appeal

Parish Leadership & Checklist for a Successful Appeal

Pastor/Associate Pastor

As pastor/parochial administrator and/or parochial vicar, your role is essential for the success of Diocesan Stewardship in your parish. You are the main advocates. As advocates, your role is to present positively the goals and themes of this year's Appeal to your membership, and to select competent and positive lay leadership for this Appeal. The diocese needs and is grateful for your leadership and support.

Diocesan Stewardship Committee - A Committee of the Parish Stewardship Commission RESPONSIBILITIES: ) Recruit the needed workers to accomplish your plans. Make prayer a significant part of your meeting and planning process. Develop a positive attitude about the Appeal, diocesan leadership, the diocesan ministries supported by the Appeal, and your parish's ability to respond.

2) Each member of the committee, including the priest(s), should make their pledge before the Appeal begins. Be in touch with your motivating reasons for participation, and be willing to share them with the rest of the parish. Some of these might be: a) the teachings of Stewardship grateful return of gifts received so that the Lord's work can be done: striving to be a sacrificial giver: 5% to the parish, % to Diocesan Stewardship, and 4% to other worthy causes; b) the good works accomplished by diocesan ministries, which provide services that no single parish could provide; c) a response to the sincere invitation of our diocesan pastor, the Bishop, to participate and be responsible for the life of the wider diocesan church; d) a personal appreciation for specific diocesan services given to the parish which have enriched the life of the faith community; e) the work done in the broader community in the area of meeting social service needs; f ) a personal and positive experience with a diocesan service that has helped you in your faith life. ) Work closely together to plan and coordinate the parish's approach for each phase of the Appeal: advance organizing and planning, church presentation, pledging procedures at the weekend liturgy, and follow up procedures. If you need assistance, call Dave Hougan at the Stewardship Development Office (85) 99-400 for assistance in organizing your plan. 4) Become knowledgeable about the ministries of the diocese, especially those that are linked with the parish's ministries. Ask staff people or volunteer chair people to share their positive experiences with the diocesan ministries. 5) HAVE A PLAN TO FOLLOW UP WITH THOSE PARISHIONERS WHO DO NOT MAKE A PLEDGE ON PLEDGE SUNDAY. Usually this includes a combination of telephone follow-up and direct mail. Be supportive during diocesan follow-up activities.

6) Appoint a person(s) to handle the Reporting Procedures. If assistance is needed, call the Stewardship Development Office (85) 99-400. 7) Strive to achieve at least 0% of your parish's goal in pledges, and at least 40% participation.

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Diocesan Stewardship Budget -- Three Year Comparison DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP BUDGET

Three Year Comparison

2008 Allocation 108,120 134,583 614,613 370,104 505,359 76,533 17,244 229,557 172,950 2,520 10,407 18,000 182,046 109,794 282,456 115,128 445,500 280,716 134,295 78,864 185,835 128,772 147,114 543,114 170,346 54,603 49,761 368,256 277,968 83,289 158,457 22,170 105,372 107,109 2009 Allocation 125,007 135,276 613,020 319,260 440,376 130,293 9,882 219,840 176,244 10,749 22,596 182,046 111,573 222,150 125,100 445,500 321,228 142,299 94,350 178,821 139,188 85,368 666,549 112,140 8,229 51,129 333,600 281,730 73,323 170,763 111,708 41,790 2010 Allocation 104,280 135,276 533,232 317,856 473,448 107,976 9,888 211,560 181,872 10,104 22,092 182,052 79,428 216,204 126,540 445,500 334,392 144,444 95,160 182,220 124,512 92,168 100,000 638,976 138,096 8,232 51,132 331,632 281,460 77,460 169,800 111,156 70,704

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Office Bishop's and Priests' Household Campus Ministry Catholic Charities Catholic Education Office Chancery Administration Chancery Buildings Deaf Apostolate Diocesan Clergy Assistance Diocesan Clergy Ministry-Vicar for Clergy Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Divine Worship Office Ethicist Office Family Life Office Hispanic Ministry-Vicar's Office Hispanic Regional Ministries Internal Audit Office Land Purchases for Future Growth Legal and Auditing Services Ministry Formation Office Permanent Diaconate Office Research and Planning Office Respect Life & NFP Office Retired Priests' Health Insurance Retired Priests' Pension Seminarian Education Social Ministries Liabilities-St. Vincent Home Social Ministries Liabilities-Martin House St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center Stewardship Development Office Tribunal Vineyard Loan Amortization Vocations Office Women Religious Episcopal Delegate Youth and Young Adult Ministries Youth Center Amortization Diocesan Affiliations: Vatican Assessment U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Pd. Qrtrly) Catholic Conference of Illinois (Pd. Qrtrly) Metropolitan Tribunal (Pd. Qrtrly) Illinois Conference of Churches (Pd. Sept.) Illinois Catholic Health Association TOTALS $

67,758 67,758 78,390 31,440 2,520 1,800 6,540,621 $

70,467 70,467 83,523 30,852 2,520 1,800 6,360,756 $

66,432 66,432 83,508 31,728 2,004 1,800 6,360,756

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Diocesan Stewardship 2009 Results Summary as of February 2010

Goal: Percentage of Goal: Donors: Parishes at Goal: $6,60,756 98.% 27,562 62 Pledged: Average Pledge: $6, 244,5 $226.67

Some of the Major Changes in the New Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Diocesan Stewardship Budget

The most significant feature of the 200-20 Diocesan Stewardship Budget is that there is no change in the overall target. This follows a year in which we cut the budget total by 2.75%. The last year in which the total budget was less than the 200-20 target was four years ago for the 2006-2007 budget.

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The recent past leading to our current Diocesan Stewardship Appeal target: Over the past four years we have made considerable cuts in staffing for the various ministries supported by the Stewardship Appeal to allow us to operate within the financial resources available. During this period we eliminated, through attrition or layoff, the equivalent of fulltime positions, net of one addition (Internal Auditor).

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A resurrected budget item for the 200 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal: The 200-20 budget includes an item that has not appeared in the budget for several years, that being, an allocation of $00,000 for the priests' pension plan. Previous Stewardship Appeal budgets included allocations of $00,000 for many years until the investment endowment accumulated sufficient funds to provide the cash flow necessary for the monthly benefits for retired priests. The last two years, however, have been unkind to investment portfolios causing market losses to the extent that it has become necessary to reinstate the annual allocation to the priests' pension fund. The reinstatement of the priests' pension allocation required reductions in other Stewardship Appeal funded budgets. With no where else to cut without eliminating viable ministries, all agencies with any accumulated savings were asked to use those savings as a source of revenue for the 200-20 fiscal year.

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The hope for a return to normalcy: It is our hope that investment markets return to generating earnings on our endowment funds. Some ministries, such as Seminarian Education, rely on distributions from the Catholic Foundation to fund a significant portion of their annual budgets. The distributions of earnings from the Catholic Foundation will relieve some of the pressure to raise the entire budget from the Stewardship Appeal, and once again allow for growth.

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Our gratefulness for the continued generosity of the faithful: The Diocese of Rockford, along with the rest of the nation, faces financial challenges as a result of a distressed economy. The faithful supporters of the Diocesan family allow us the ability to provide meaningful ministries and to fulfill our obligations. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifices made by the Catholic people of the Diocese of Rockford.

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How Much could your parish raise if 1/3 of your members gave 1% of income?

City Parish MHI HHLDS 33% HHLDS 1% Gift

Albany Algonquin Amboy Apple River Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Aurora Batavia Belvidere Byron Carpentersville Cary Crystal Lake Crystal Lake DeKalb DeKalb Dixon Dixon Dundee Durand E. Dubuque Elburn Elgin Elgin Elgin Elgin Elizabeth Erie Freeport Freeport Freeport Fulton Galena Galena Geneva Genoa Gilberts Hampshire Hanover Harmon Hartland Harvard Huntley Johnsburg Lee Lena

St. Patrick St. Margaret St. Patrick St. Joseph Annunciation Holy Angels OLGC Sacred Heart St. Joseph St. Mary St. Nicholas St. Peter St. Rita St. Therese Holy Cross St. James St. Mary St. Monica SS. Peter/Paul St. Elizabeth St. Thomas Christ the Teacher St. Mary St. Anne St. Patrick St. Catherine St. Mary St. Mary St. Gall St. Joseph St. Laurence St. Mary St. Thomas St. Mary St. Ambrose St. Joseph St. Mary St. Thomas Immaculate Conception St. Mary St. Michael St. Peter St. Catherine St. Mary St. Charles St. John St. Flannen St. Patrick St. Joseph St. Mary St. John St. James St. Joseph

$50,50 $84,888 $45,84 $49,92 $67,54 $68,482 $46,69 $7,64 $49,76 $46,04 $8,22 $46,04 $52,502 $46,90 $85,56 $55,049 $6,279 $55,407 $85,66 $85,528 $79,658 $54,495 $52,55 $50,760 $47,277 $80,75 $6,444 $52,049 $0,09 $54,04 $65,642 $7,24 $69,499 $4,59 $54,070 $8,0 $7,86 $48,5 $8,640 $44,004 $4,69 $88,25 $65,40 $85,750 $7,678 $42,4 $49,42 $65,87 $5,80 $86,94 $70,508 $58,58 $48,852

4 ,408 66 70 828 2,087 ,6 57 72 2 2,269 284 2,097 ,264 ,46 2,055 569 2,85 ,52 2,62 ,65 57 ,80 504 82 2,077 4 566 700 2,09 ,229 ,59 2,894 6 07 62 07 945 4 46 84 2,659 55 96 9 05 28 68 670 4,670 ,468 75 27

4 ,25 2 2 27 689 8 88 29 0 749 94 692 47 ,04 678 88 72 ,06 869 ,0 77 455 66 27 685 42 87 2 762 406 526 955 5 5 9 0 2 47 5 27 877 77 2 0 5 9 55 22 ,54 484 58 72

$7,074 $954,990 $54,67 $,480 $8,876 $47,84 $78,627 $69,868 $8,869 $50,647 $286,275 $4,280 $6,4 $9,446 $940,22 $7,22 $8,965 $99,484 $947,4 $74,28 $884,204 $96,456 $28,25 $84,262 $28,2 $55,05 $87,250 $97,2 $2,54 $4,796 $266,507 $74,2 $66,75 $2,920 $8,925 $45,58 $7,558 $50,8 $8,6 $67,26 $55,488 $774,60 $5,298 $27,440 $25,75 $4,87 $4,448 $6,99 $8,905 $,,2 $4,259 $,848 $5,7

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How Much could your parish raise if 1/3 of your members gave 1% of income?

City Parish MHI HHLDS 33% HHLDS 1% Gift

Loves Park Maple Park Marengo Maytown McHenry McHenry McHenry Menominee Morrison Mount Carroll North Aurora Oregon Pecatonica Polo Prophetstown Richmond Rochelle Rock Falls Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Rockford Roscoe Sandwich Savanna Scales Mound Shannon Somonauk South Beloit Sugar Grove St. Charles St. Charles Sterling Sterling Stockton Sublette Sugar Grove Sycamore Tampico Virgil Walton Warren West Brooklyn Wonder Lake Woodstock Woodstock

St. Bridget St. Mary Sacred Heart St. Patrick Holy Apostles St. Mary St. Patrick Nativity of BVM St. Mary SS. John/Catherine Blessed Sacrament St. Mary St. Mary St. Mary St. Catherine St. Joseph St. Patrick St. Andrew Holy Family SS. Peter/Paul St. Anthony St. Bernadette St. Edward St. James St. Patrick St. Peter Cathedral St. Rita St. Stanislaus Holy Spirit St. Paul St. John Holy Trinity St. Wendelin St. John St. Peter St. Katharine Drexel St. John Neumann St. Patrick Sacred Heart St. Mary Holy Cross OLPH St. Katharine Drexel St. Mary St. Mary SS. Peter/Paul St. Mary St. Ann St. Mary Christ the King Resurrection St. Mary

$54,6 $68,7 $70,755 $5,484 $70,029 $6,00 $64,407 $52,08 $50,22 $42,064 $69,808 $42,69 $62,646 $47,69 $46,0 $64,06 $48,440 $45,75 $60,227 $7,04 $4,062 $9,862 $46,002 $4,58 $7,252 $50,66 $59,84 $42,264 $7,76 $62,228 $,08 $5,098 $49,44 $62,60 $62,244 $87,696 $94,70 $95,966 $49,5 $4,709 $45,6 $55,422 $86,000 $6,75 $42,785 $84,975 $46,200 $48,827 $5,822 $67,64 $7,895 $6,20

2,067 26 806 52 2,659 659 ,2 78 70 05 582 50 27 65 95 47 ,2 67 2,785 ,6 ,04 88 ,7 876 406 ,8 ,499 2 0 6 225 0 85 562 ,42 4 2,922 4,4 57 929 229 9 4 ,20 75 220 45 7 00 474 245 2,78

682 87 266 7 877 27 70 59 56 5 92 6 72 54 5 406 22 99 84 5 29 45 289 4 69 495 0 6 5 74 4 6 85 77 964 ,4 89 07 76 6 96 25 7 5 9 56 8 79

$70,742 $59,796 $88,208 $9,092 $64,54 $7,6 $28,06 $0,744 $28,80 $4,722 $4,0 $49,46 $45,05 $25,74 $4,56 $7,672 $96,666 $0,0 $55,486 $42,27 $44,258 $5,998 $200,09 $20,69 $49,98 $85, $296,78 $46,490 $26,545 $2,98 $22,95 $2,972 $29,978 $4,996 $24,660 $99,00 $92,98 $,75,9 $92,865 $4,87 $4,680 $4,96 $97,80 $252,9 $0,696 $62,02 $6,90 $9,04 $7,0 $05,088 $59,855 $45,8

103,662

34,211 $22,726,903

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Ideas for Success Recommended by Parishes

The Diocesan Finance Council requested that a list of ideas be gathered from the parishes which consistently achieve their Diocesan Stewardship Goal and those ideas be shared with all the parishes. If your parish has something to add to these ideas, contact Dave Hougan 85-99-400 or [email protected]

All Parishes over Goal have a Specific Plan

Parishes which succeed consistently develop a specific plan for conducting each phase of the appeal. The plan has specific action steps for the preparation, presentation and follow-up activities. The plan is created in cooperation with pastor, parochial vicars, appropriate staff persons (business manager, PDS worker, Stewardship coordinator, secretary) and the Stewardship Commission and/or Finance Council.

The Role of the Pastor

The most often mentioned important variable for success is the positive, enthusiastic, unmistakable attitude and actions of the pastor. He first makes his own sacrificial gift. He convincingly presents the reasons for supporting the Diocese at all the Masses. The parishioners know that participating and making the parish goal is a high priority of the pastor. Achieving the diocesan goal is a part of the culture of the parish. This list is not all-inclusive: St. Patrick, Amboy; Christ the Teacher, DeKalb; St. Anne, Dixon; St. Mary/St. Patrick, Durand/ Irish Grove; St. Mary, Elizabeth; Sacred Heart, Marengo; St. Mary, Maple Park; St. Mary, Oregon; St. Mary, Pecatonica; St. Mary, Polo; St. Patrick, Rochelle, Holy Spirit, Roscoe; Holy Trinity, Scales Mound; St. Peter, Spring Grove; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sublette; St. Mary, Tampico; SS Peter & Paul, Virgil; St. Mary, West Brooklyn

Stewardship as a Way of Life

The Stewardship Commission along with the pastor use Diocesan Stewardship time to teach stewardship principles and practices. Their vision of stewardship includes the parish, diocesan and universal levels of the Church. They have emphasized sacrificial giving in a planned and proportionate way. Parishes conduct annual renewals of time, talent and treasure. This list is not all-inclusive: St. Joseph, Aurora; Holy Cross, Batavia; St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake; SS Peter & Paul, Cary; St. Patrick, Dixon; St. Peter, Geneva; St. Thomas Aquinas, Freeport; St. Catherine, Genoa; St. Mary, Morrison; St. Andrew, Rock Falls; Cathedral St. Peter, Rockford; Holy Family, Rockford; St. Bernadette, Rockford.

Many Parishes ­ Witnesses

Many parishes report the use of a parishioner as a witness to speak about their positive experiences with a diocesan ministry. Graduates of the Ministry Formation Program, aspirants, candidates and ordained deacons, seminarians, Catholic Charities foster parents and adoptive parents, Stewardship Committees, Family Life and Respect Life Coordinators, Principals, Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministers have spoken about the services their programs have received.

Some Parishes - Role of Parish Staff

The Business Manager or parish secretary works closely with the pastor and Stewardship Commission to handle the many administrative details of the Diocesan Appeal especially the follow-up of non-respondents. This staff person has a private goal to surpass the parish goal by an amount equal to their annual salary. When successful, this person knows that their salary is covered by the Diocesan Stewardship refund which frees up parish money to address other needs. (Persons do not wish to be identified.)

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Ideas for Success Recommended by Parishes

Publicize Names of Donors

Holy Family publishes the names of donors (not their pledge) in the bulletin. St. Thomas the Apostle in the past used a homemade wall board and posted all the names of the donors. Each week they update the listing. The names are listed in alpha order.

Everyone Participates

Blessed Sacrament, North Aurora - The leadership thinks all members of the parish need to fill out the pledge card, even if that individual just promises to pray for the Diocese. They station themselves in the hall and engage each member after Mass. They also call all non-respondents. St. Mary, Galena ­ Leaders strive for high participation by asking for a lower gift amount.

Major Donors

A number of parishes have cultivated people in their parish who are capable of making larger gifts to participate in a meaningful way. A number of these individuals have accepted percentage and sacrificial giving. A couple of parishes have individuals who wait to give until most of the other parish members have participated. These individuals pledge to make up the difference between the parish's goal and what the rest of the parishioners have pledged. (Parishes wish to remain unknown!)

Homemade Brochure

St. Peter, Geneva ­ St. Bridget, Loves Park - In order to emphasize the linkages between the parish and diocesan ministries, these parishes have created their own brochures. The brochure highlighted the involvement of specific diocesan ministries within their parish ministries. The brochure also teaches the principles of stewardship.

Banner

Holy Cross, Batavia and St. Catherine, Dundee hang a large banner in the entryway to the worship area. The banner has a stewardship message and an encouragement to donate.

Specific Dollar Amount

In 2008, the St. Mary, Huntley parish leaders introduced the idea of providing the parishioners with a suggested donation in addition to the encouragement of the % of giving goal. They noticed a dramatic growth in their average gift level and participation.

Adding an Additional Parish Goal for a Specific Project

St. Mary, Woodstock increased their Diocesan Stewardship Goal by the annual amount the parish was responsible to pay toward the Diocesan Administration Building. St. Gall, Elburn and St. Monica, Carpentersville increased their Diocesan Stewardship Goal and have used their refunds to save towards their future construction projects.

May Follow-up in the Pews

For the weekends in May after Pledge Sunday, at St. Thomas Aquinas, Freeport the ushers place a fixed number of in-church envelopes and pens at both ends of each pew. Before Mass starts, an announcement is made that if the individual has not made their pledge to date, they are encouraged to do so. The donors place the completed envelope into the collection basket. At the end of each Mass, the ushers replenish the envelopes to the fixed number and report how many were taken. By the end of May, the parish had surpassed its goal.

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Timetable for Direct Mail Method

April 9, 2010 - Mailing of materials to parishes

By this date all parishes should have received the following campaign materials to conduct Diocesan Stewardship 200: * three (unless ordered less) sets of mailing labels of parishioners * 5 year giving history of all parishioners for years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 * extra campaign brochures, pledge cards and return envelopes * Campaign Video in DVD format. If you wish it in VHS format, please order * 2 campaign posters * 2 progress thermometer posters * clip art for bulletin announcements * Spanish materials (if appropriate) * A supply of reporting forms: - Form Parish Report Sheets (unless not ordered) - Form 9 Parish Report Transmittal - Form 0 Pledge Payment Report Sheet - Form Pledge/Gift Changes - Report envelopes

April 19, 2010 - Pastor's Advance letter

Using one set of the mailing labels, the pastor will write a letter to his parishioners informing them of the Appeal. The letters are also available in PDS format. For those parishes, which are combining diocesan and parish stewardship, you may also consider inserting the parish stewardship brochure that you received from the Director of Parish Stewardship.

April 24/25, 2010 Announcement Weekend - Diocesan Appeal - Direct Mail Method.

Play the video (that is provided) on this weekend and briefly present appropriate messages about the work of the Diocesan ministries. A sample talk is found later in this Manual. Tell the people that they will receive a campaign brochure and a preprinted pledge card in the mail. They should be encouraged to bring the card to Mass next Sunday with their pledge and first payment. You should mention both the % of income gift idea and a specific average amount that is suggested from each family. The presenter should refer the people to the pledge cards for gift suggestions, stock and mutual fund transfers, automatic withdrawal from checking, and credit card options.

April 24/25, 2010 Announcement Weekend - Combining Parish and Diocesan Stewardship

For those that are combining the Parish and Diocesan Stewardship of Treasure Appeals, this is the weekend where the pastor speaks about the spirituality of stewardship, provides appropriate information about the parish's goals and needs, as well as, presents the Diocese and its programs. Play the video. Refer to the section for ideas about parish and diocesan linkages. The people should be shown a sample combined pledge card that they will receive in the mail. The presenter should refer the people to the pledge cards for gift suggestions, stock and mutual fund transfers, automatic withdrawal and credit card options.

April 22 -27, 2010 - Diocesan mailing dropped at Post Office

For those parishes which chose the Direct Mail or hybrid methods their parishioners will receive a pledge card. For those parishes which chose the combined method their parishioners will receive a double card: one for the Diocese and one for the parish. For both options, the diocese will preprint the name and address of each registered member of the parish; the name and address of the parish; and the amount of the last year's pledge to the Diocese. Both mailings will contain the Diocesan Stewardship brochure.

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Timetable for Direct Mail Method

May 1/2, 2010- Pledge Weekend - Direct Mail Approach

After appropriate and positive remarks about the needs of the Diocesan Church the people should be given the opportunity to make their pledge. For those who did not bring their preprinted cards to the weekend liturgy, the ushers should distribute an in-church envelope. Ask the people who are using the blank in-church envelope to completely fill it out with their name and address on the left hand side, and their pledge and any payment in its appropriate place.

May 5, 2010 - First Report due at the Stewardship Development Office

REPORTING OF PLEDGES TO THE STEWARDSHIP DEVELOPMENT OFFICE SHOULD BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. THE STEWARDSHIP DEVELOPMENT OFFICE SENDS THE FIRST PLEDGE PAYMENT MAILERS DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET AS MANY PLEDGES INTO US SO WE CAN INCLUDE THEM IN THIS JUNE MAILING. FILL IN ALL PLEDGES AND PAYMENTS ON FORM 3.

Refer to the Follow-up Section of this Manual May 8/9, 15/16, 22/23, 2010 - Parish leaders personal follow-up

During the remaining weeks of May use the bulletin and announcement time at Mass to encourage those who have not made a pledge to do so. Each week a status report telling how many households have pledged and the amount pledged should be made. Filling in the thermometer poster will keep the parish's attention on the appeal and will spark non respondents to participate. Committee members should make themselves available in the back of the Church and have blank pledge cards for those wishing to pledge.

All May - Report weekly all pledges to the Stewardship Development Office May 25 through May 28, 2010 - Parish follow-up to non-respondents

During the last week of May using the second set of mailing labels the Committee should send a letter thanking those parishioners who have made a pledge; and use the third set of labels to send a letter encouraging those who have not made a pledge to do so. Some parishes that have successfully made their goal have telephoned non pledging members and have personally requested a pledge. Telephone follow up hints and a recommended script are found in the Follow-up section.

All June - Report weekly all pledges to the Stewardship Development Office June 30, 2010 - Report deadline before diocesan follow up

All during the month of June please report all pledges as soon as you receive them. All parishes will participate in the diocesan follow up mailing whether the parish has achieved its goal or not. In early June, each parish will receive a list of non-respondents. For pastoral reasons parish leaders may exclude individuals from diocesan follow up activities. Parishes must send back this report and submit all pledges received to date in order to avoid including someone in the follow up activities who should not be. After June 30, the Stewardship Development Office will generate pledge cards of those diocesan households for whom we have not received a pledge.

Mid -July 2010 - Diocesan follow-up letter to all non-respondents - All parishes participate

In mid-July, a follow-up letter and pledge card will be sent to all non-respondents. Use bulletin clip art to encourage your non-respondent parishioners to pledge.

August 4, 2010 deadline for parishes to inform Diocese about not wishing to participate in telephone follow-up.

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Timetable for InChurch Method

April 8, 2010 - Additional materials sent to parishes

By this date, all parishes should have received the campaign materials. In addition, the following materials will also be included: * campaign brochures for all parish members * special in church envelopes * computer generated pledge cards for each parishioner * #9 return envelopes

April 19, 2010 - Advance letter to all parishioners

During this week all parishioners should receive a letter from the pastor informing the members that the Diocesan Appeal is approaching and that you are participating in this method. If your parish is combining diocesan and parish stewardship, you could also send the parish stewardship brochure that you already have received from the Director of Parish Stewardship. A sample advance letter for either method is in this Manual and available in PDS format.

April 24/25, 2010 - Announcement Weekend

Play the video on this weekend. Present the teachings of stewardship and information about diocesan ministries (also the parish's needs, if combining). Ushers will distribute at this time the diocesan campaign brochure that would have been in the diocesan mailing. Remind them that they will not receive a mailing from the Diocese. Instead, they will have the opportunity to make their pledge to the Diocese (and to the parish, if combining) while they are attending the next weekend's liturgy.

May 1/2, 2010 - Pledge Weekend

See sample script and instructions on the next page. Many parish leaders using the in church method explain that the pledge is being taken in the church in order to emphasize the higher importance of gift giving to the church in comparison to all other charities. They also stress that the pledge is a faith action response that we can ritualize in the church.

May 8/9 ­ 15/16 ­ 22/23, 2010 - Parish Leaders personal follow-up of those attending Mass

During the remaining weeks of May use the bulletin and announcement time at Mass to encourage those who have not made a pledge to do so. Each week a status report should be made telling how many households and how much has been pledged. Filling in the thermometer poster will keep the parish's attention on the appeal and will spark non respondents to participate. Non respondents should be directed to the committee members at the back of the Church who will have in church envelopes for them. Some parishes call all non-respondents; some call only those who gave last year, but not this year.

REPORTING AND RECORDING PROCEDURES FOR DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP

When an individual fills out the in-church envelope, the appeal secretary, using one of the sets of labels provided by the Stewardship Development Office, will affix the person's label on the in-church envelope; do not put label over written information. The recorder will then locate the diocesan computer generated pledge card for that individual and destroy it. The recorder will follow all the other instructions on the Report Form #9 as if the completed in-church envelope were a computer pledge card. Fill in all pledges and payments on Form .

May 25-28, 2010 Parish Leaders Direct Mail Follow-up with all non-respondents

An important part of this method is to do a speedy follow up. Because of the recording procedures stated above, those labels and pledge cards remaining are the non respondents. The committee will contact all nonrespondents by sending them by direct mail a letter from the pastor and the stewardship committee chair and a preprinted pledge card. It is also important to send a thank you letter. A draft is found later in this Manual.

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Timetable for InChurch Method Script

May 1/2, 2010 PLEDGE WEEKEND Script for "In Church" Method ) Have pens in each pew so that the people can fill in the envelope and write a check.

2) Ushers should not place envelopes in the pews in advance. It is more effective to distribute them while the presenter makes his or her few introductory remarks about the Appeal. The presenter should remind the people about the topics of last week's presentation and some of the significant points. The presenter can share that one major reason we are doing the actual pledging now is that this contribution to the church is an act of faith. It is more important than all other requests for support that we receive in the mail. ) After the ushers have distributed the envelopes, the presenter says:

* * "Now let us fill in the envelope together and please print legibly..."

Open the envelope to the inside tear-off sheet. On the front of the sheet, please write your name and address, city and zip code. Use your full name. Include middle initial, Jr. or Sr, if necessary so that we can credit your pledge properly. If this is a new address, please indicate this. Fill in the name of this parish if you are a member. If you are a visitor from another parish of this diocese, please write in that parish's name so that parish can receive proper credit.

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The middle of the sheet deals with the amount of your gift. In the shaded box titled "Total Pledge", please indicate the total amount of your gift. Please recall that the Bishop encourages each of us to commit % of our income for diocesan ministries. If you are unable to commit that amount, Father (name of pastor) and the Stewardship Commission ask you to consider making a pledge of ($00). Please know that all gifts whether large or small are appreciated. Your participation in the life of the diocesan family is important.

If you are making a partial payment of this pledge today, please write the amount being paid today in the middle shaded box titled "Enclosed Amount". If you are only making a one time gift instead of a pledge, please fill in only the boxes titled "Total Pledge" and "Enclosed Amount." However, if pledging over the time of the appeal year, please fill in the box titled "Balance" by figuring the difference between your total pledge and the enclosed payment. For example if you are pledging $00 and enclosing a $0.00 check today, the balance would be $270.00. On the inside tear-off sheet, please indicate whether you wish to receive a monthly (0 months) or quarterly (4 times) payment envelope from the Diocese to complete the payments of this pledge. If you wish to have your payments taken automatically out of your checking or savings account or you wish to use a credit card, turn the sheet over and fill in the necessary information. If need be, take this home to complete and return this envelope next week with the proper information. Some would like to use appreciated stocks, appreciated mutual funds or grain. If so, check the box and the Diocese will send you the appropriate information so that you can make that transfer. FOR COMBINING PARISHES: AFTER THE DIOCESAN ENVELOPE IS FILLED OUT

) Ask the people to fill in their names only on the parish pledge card. 2) Refer the people to the back of the parish card and walk them through the "take a step" process. ) Have them turn their card over and fill in their commitment for their weekly giving, asking them to take a step higher. Remind them that the eventual goal of giving is 5% of their income. 4) Ask them to insert their parish pledge card into the Diocesan Stewardship envelope and place it into the Offertory collection along with their sacrificial gift.

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Sample Advance Letter Diocesan Stewardship Only

In-Church or Direct Mail Methods

April 9, 200 Mr. & Mrs. ICSC BoardMember 722 Whatdidyouget YourselfIn Long Road Ahead, IL 625 Dear U. R. Nuts: One Priestly People ­ Supporting Each Other through Service and Sacrifice The Catechism of the Catholic Church points out that all baptized Catholics share a common priesthood, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet and king. The common priesthood of all faithful is exercised by a life of faith, hope and charity. The ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood and is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads His Church. This profound truth which defines the bond between all Catholics forms the focus of Diocesan Stewardship 200. By our baptism we, clergy, laity and religious are spiritually linked to Christ as brothers and sisters in union with our diocesan pastor, Bishop Doran, and the Universal Body of Christ guided by Pope Benedict XVI. It is this bond that we ask you to consider as we invite you to participate with your time, talent and treasure in Diocesan Stewardship 200. As your gifts are needed at our parish level to strengthen our ministries, your gift-giving is critically important for our Local Church ­ the Diocese of Rockford. Some people say, "We don't understand where our diocesan stewardship gifts go, and how they benefit our parish." The clearest linkage between the Diocese and our parish is the priest. The appeal materials will present messages from the Vicar for Clergy and Religious, a pastor of two parishes in the eastern part of the diocese, and a pastor of three parishes in the western part to describe that close relationship. There are other forms of linkages: there will also be a witness from a priest who is serving in the field of Catholic Education, lay leaders from Catholic Charities, Campus Ministry and Parish Pastoral Ministry. These ministries are significant and very worthy of all of our support. This year our parish is asked to contribute $xx,xxx. This amount is achievable and much more could be raised for parish needs if you will make a sacrificial gift of % of your income. For those who would prefer to have a suggested gift level, we ask you to make a pledge of ($00 or $0 for 0 months). Some can give more and others less. Your participation is what is important. Next weekend we will ask you to make a commitment to Diocesan Stewardship 200 at Mass. We will ask you to make your pledge to the Diocese during Mass so that you can offer it as a sacrifice during the Offertory, as you also offer your weekly parish gift. Or, [Next week the Diocese will be sending you a mailing containing a brochure and pledge card. Please complete the pledge card and bring it to Mass. Place it in the Offertory basket so that you can offer your pledge to the Diocese in sacrifice along with your weekly gift to the parish.] Thank you for your support of each other through your service and sacrifice as one priestly people. Sincerely yours,

Pastor

Stewardship Committee Chairperson

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Sample Advance Letter Combining Parish and Diocesan Stewardship of Treasure

In-Church Method or Direct Mail

April 9, 200 Mr. & Mrs. Two Sonsincollege We're Notoldenough 8th St. RVCLoras, IL 625 Dear Old? Heck-Notus, One Priestly People ­ Supporting Each Other through Service and Sacrifice The Catechism of the Catholic Church points out that all baptized Catholics share a common priesthood, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet and king. The common priesthood of all faithful is exercised by a life of faith, hope and charity. The ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood and is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. We are all spiritually linked to Christ as brothers and sisters in union with our diocesan pastor, Bishop Doran, and the Universal Body of Christ guided by Pope Benedict XVI. We are called to trust in God, and at the same time, shape our parish ministries in His image. God cannot be outdone in generosity. All we have received from God should be cherished and tended in a responsible manner. Our support of our parish and the diocese through this appeal gives us the opportunity to strengthen and sustain the necessary ministries. Our parish is being asked to contribute $xxxxxx as our portion of the diocesan budget for the next fiscal year. This goal can easily be reached if all members of this parish participate. We are also asking you to make a decision to support the parish financially on your parish pledge card. We are asking you to make a commitment. Please be as generous as you can as a sign of our unity as a local Church and in gratitude for all our blessings. Thank you! Sincerely yours,

Pastor

Stewardship Committee Chairperson

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InChurch Envelope

For parishes using the in-church method, the model pictured below will be used. There is a script in this Manual that describes the procedures for filling out the envelope. When completed, the donor is asked to tear off the pledge sheet and insert it into the envelope. The shaded box on the lower left hand side is only for use of the Appeal secretary. Using one set of labels, affix the person's label with their diocesan account number in the shaded box. Do not cover the hand written name and address. The Spanish "in church" envelope should be used at all Spanish Masses whether the parish is participating in the "inchurch" method or not.

English version

Spanish version

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Diocesan Stewardship Pledge Card - Direct Mail

Parishioners in parishes using the direct mail method will receive this pledge card in the mail. Parishes using the in church method will receive these cards for the follow up phase with non respondents to the in church approach. On the front of the card in the lower left hand box, the name, address and city of the parishioner will be printed. In the lower right hand box, the name, address and city of the parish will be printed. In the upper space, the amount of their last year's pledge will be printed to remind the parishioner. If there was not a pledge a 0 will appear. Donors wishing to use automatic deductions to be taken out of their checking or savings account or credit cards should be referred to the directions on the reverse side. Those wishing to use appreciated stock, mutual funds or grain need to check the appropriate boxes. Donors may now donate on-line. English - Front of Card

Back of Card

Spanish - Front of Card

Back of Card

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Combining Parish Stewardship of Treasure and Diocesan Stewardship InChurch Method

Parishes will use the Diocesan Stewardship in-church envelope for securing the diocesan pledge, and will use a special parish stewardship of treasure card for the pledge to the parish. When both the tear-off sheet for Diocesan Stewardship and the Parish card have been completed by the individual donor, the donor will be instructed to insert the two items into the Diocesan Stewardship envelope. The campaign secretary will send the diocesan sheet to the Diocese and record the parish pledge.

FOR DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP

FOR PARISH STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE

Front of card

Back of card

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Combining Parish Stewardship of Treasure and Diocesan Stewardship Pledge Cards Direct Mail Method

For those parishes that have chosen to combine their annual Parish Stewardship of Treasure Appeal with Diocesan Stewardship, the card below will be inserted into the direct mailing that each parishioner receives. These cards will be pre printed with the parishioner's name, address, city, and zip on the lower left hand side. The name of the parish, address, city, and zip will be pre printed on the lower right hand side. On the diocesan card by the upper right hand side, the Stewardship Development Office will print the individual's pledge to last year's appeal. If there was no pledge, a 0 will appear. If the parish provided the information, the amount of the individual's yearly contribution to the parish will be printed by the upper right hand side of the Parish Pledge card. English Front of card English Back of card

John: Insert from last year

Spanish Front of card

Spanish Back of card

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Soliciting Major Gifts Gifts of $500 and more

Premise:

The role of major donors in the Diocesan Stewardship Appeal is significant and needs to grow. ) In Diocesan Stewardship `90 564 donors or 2.4% of all donors pledged $40,700 which was 5% of the goal.

Observations:

2) In Diocesan Stewardship `09 ,22 donors, or .2 % of all donors pledged $2,75,988 which was 42% of the goal. ) Most major donors set a giving level at a certain amount and do not change that amount. 4) Most parishes that have surpassed their goals have done so because of the activity of a few major donors.

Conclusions:

Parish leaders need to cultivate and encourage more gifts of $500 or more. Major donors should be encouraged to increase their giving level each year.

Action Suggestions: During the weeks before the Annual Appeal is presented to the parish as a whole:

) The pastor and a small group of trusted lay leaders should form a Major Gift Committee. 2) Using the Five-Year History Report, research the giving history of current major donors to Diocesan Stewardship. A. Has anyone lapsed? Has anyone decreased giving? Determine who the best person is to contact these individuals. B. Is there a major parish donor who does not participate in Diocesan Stewardship? C. Determine if there is someone currently contributing something less than their potential, i.e., someone giving $00 who could give $,000 if asked persuasively. ) Contact in a special way, the parish's major donors. A. For anyone who is giving $5,000 or more, or who has the ability to give at that level, a personal visit by the pastor and a stewardship committee member is appropriate. B. For anyone giving at the level between $,000 to $4,999, the committee should attempt a personal visit, or at least make a phone call. C. For anyone giving between $500 to $999, the committee should send at least a personal letter. 4) Message to be shared with these donors. A. Parish leaders recognize the importance of their major gift to the well-being of the Diocese and parish. Diocesan and parish leaders need to express our deep sense of gratitude. Thank them for their generosity. B. Explore reasons for any change in giving history, whether increased or decreased giving. Ask if the member has any questions or interests about the Diocese, and if the visitor could explore those questions with the appropriate diocesan official. C. Ask them to contribute this year again. If possible move toward a one percent of income gift. If they ask how much is asked, have a specific amount in mind that is higher than their previous giving level.

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Beyond Cash and Checks Other Donation Options

Automatic Deduction from Checking and Savings Accounts

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 424 donors 558 64 684 72 733 pledge $50,44 $20,604 $24,56 $29,45 $05,540 $306,016 average

$54.59 $77.5 $8.0 $428.99 $47.40 $417.48

Visa, Discover, or Master Credit Card

Donors may choose to make a one-time gift or redeem a pledge payable over 0 months to Diocesan Stewardship 2004 902 donors pledge $20,574 average $55.40 2005 ,040 $98,459 $8. 2006 ,7 $495,54 $422.25 2007 ,265 $55,896 $42.6 2008 ,488 $600,48 $40.46 2009 1,571 $607,769 $386.86

Payroll Deduction for Diocesan, Parish or School employees

Employees can set up a deduction to be taken from their paycheck to honor their Diocesan Stewardship pledge. 2004 employees pledge $4,679 average $86.54 2005 6 $52,788 $88.5 2006 5 $60,48 $400.54 2007 5 $70,058 $46.96 2008 6 $80,077 $497.7 2009 170 $78,488 $461.69

Appreciated Stock

Donors transfer ownership of stocks by electronic transfer or donating the stock certificate. Forms are available from the Office of Stewardship Development. 2004 0 stock gifts total $7,774 average $,777 2005 4 $24,557 $,754 2006 $44,245 $,40 2007 6 $5,972 $2,248 2008 6 $,99 $2,25 2009 10 $24,776 $2,478

Internet Donations - http://www.stewardshiprockford.org/osddonate.html Tax-Free IRA Contributions (if Congress extends to 2010)

Go to the Stewardship Development's web page: www.stewardshiprockford.org and click on the "Donate Now" The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows donors 70½ or older to make tax-free contributions from their IRA to qualified charities. These distributions count toward the annual required minimum distribution, generate neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, and can be used even if the donor does not itemize deductions. The donor simply initiates the gift with their IRA administrator and tells them to make the payee the Catholic Diocese of Rockford - DS.

Mutual Funds and Gift of Grain

Specific instructions and a transfer authorization form are available from the Office of Stewardship Development. Farmers have the ability to transfer grain to the Diocese. The Rockford Diocese has set up accounts at each of the granaries within the Rockford Diocese. Farmers authorize the transfer of their grain to the diocesan account.

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Encouraging Planned Gifts To Benefit Diocesan Ministries

Most people who give to Diocesan Stewardship make either a one-time gift at appeal time or a pledge that is paid during the year. For some people, however, making a one-time gift or a pledge is not feasible for a variety of reasons. For them, it is still possible to support diocesan ministries by making a gift upon their death. The following are two of the most common ways to remember diocesan ministries in one's overall estate plan. 1. A Bequest in Your Will: Some people give a specific amount; some people give a percentage of the remainder after family obligations are met; and some give the first fruits or a tithe of their estate. For those who tithe, the Diocese of Rockford recommends the following allocation of the 0%: 5% to the parish, 4% to worthy causes, and % to the Diocese. Parishioners are encouraged to use this wording for a bequest to diocesan ministries: "With gratitude for all that God has given me, I give, devise and bequeath to the Diocese of Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, an Illinois religious corporation, 1% of my estate after all debts, taxes, expenses and family bequests have been paid." 2. A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA): This gift allows your parishioners to make a gift to Diocesan Stewardship and receive fixed payments for life. This might be a good option for people who are concerned about giving-up the income generated by their savings while they are alive. Upon the death of the annuitant, the amount remaining in their account can be transferred to the Diocese of Rockford to benefit diocesan ministries. The following chart shows the current CGA rates: Age 65 66 67 68 69 70 7 72 7 74 75 76 77 Rate 5.% 5.4% 5.4% 5.5% 5.6% 5.7% 5.8% 5.9% 6.0% 6.% 6.% 6.4% 6.6% Age 78 79 80 8 82 8 84 85 86 87 88 89 90+ Rate 6.7% 6.9% 7.% 7.% 7.5% 7.7% 7.9% 8.% 8.% 8.6% 8.9% 9.2% 9.5%

Counting Planned Gifts in the Appeal:

Because planned gifts will be realized in the future, the parish will receive credit for these gifts toward its Diocesan Stewardship goal in the year the gift is actually received.

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The Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford

Offers parishioners

DONOR ADVISED FUNDS

How do they work?

· · Donors establish a "charitable checkbook" with the Catholic Foundation by opening an endowed or provisional donor advised fund (DAF). $5,000 is the minimum gift to open an account. Periodically the donor(s) contact the Catholic Foundation and advise that a grant be made. With an endowed DAF, only earnings may be distributed on an annual basis. The principal (or corpus) can never be distributed. With a provisional DAF, both earnings and principal may be distributed and this may be done once per quarter. A minimum of 50% of each grant from donor advised funds must be given to entities of the Diocese of Rockford. The remainder of each grant, 50% or less, may be given to other qualified 50(c)() charities of the donor's choice. No grants will be made to organizations that violate the moral principles and teachings of the Catholic Church. Grants cannot be used to satisfy an existing Diocesan or parish pledge.

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Benefits to donors include:

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Accounts can be established in the donor's family name, allowing loved ones to be memorialized. They are easy to establish with none of the administrative headaches and fees of private family foundations. They are flexible and allow the donors to carefully select grant recipients; both within the diocese as well as with other charities they may wish to support. Donor's can temporarily "park" charitable dollars at the end of a tax year and receive a charitable tax deduction in the year they make the gift(s). Donors can add to their fund at any time and receive the satisfaction of seeing their fund accomplish its objective during their lifetime. DAFs can be endowed, allowing donors to grant only earnings or provisional, allowing donors to spend down their account, granting both earnings and principal. Another way to remember the Church (Diocese or parish) with one's gifts of assets.

For more information on how to establish a donor advised fund, contact Deacon Greg Urban, Director of Planned Giving, at 815-399-4300, go to www.FoundationRockford.org on the web, or send an e-mail inquiry to [email protected]

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Linking Parish Ministries with Diocesan Ministries (Refer also to Appendix)

Diocesan activities and programs have many purposes. Some respond to our linkage with the universal church. Just as the parish has mandatory and voluntary affiliation fees and assessments, so does the diocese. These are identified in the diocesan budget titled "Diocesan Affiliations." There are also diocesan ministries that function in a centralized fashion in the name of the whole church and respond to identified needs that a parish by itself cannot provide, i.e., Catholic Charities. However, there are diocesan ministries that are created to support and assist parishes in their mission. One of the most effective ways of presenting the diocesan church and this Appeal to the parish community is to help the parishioners understand the linkages that exist between your parish ministries and the diocesan ministries. Presenting these linkages has taken various forms.

LINKING ACTIVITIES

Some parishes have asked leaders in the parish who have benefited from diocesan ministries to present their experience with the rest of the parish. Some parishes have created bulletin boards with pictures and displays demonstrating the linkages. Others have used the bulletin to present on going messages about specific linkages to the ministry and to the fact that the Appeal supports these types of activities. Other parishes have invited diocesan personnel to speak at all the Masses so that the people will have a personal contact with the diocese.

Here are some questions to ask that might lead you to discover some specific linkages for your parish. Begin your exploration by interviewing your parish staff and/or leaders. If you need to contact a specific diocesan ministry, your parish has the Official Diocesan Directory that lists the diocesan agencies, addresses and phone numbers. Your inquiries are welcome.

CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS

Your present pastor/parochial administrator and parochial vicar were assigned to your parish by the Bishop to provide sacramental, pastoral and administrative services to the parish. This is the clearest linkage. There are 145 active diocesan priests, 8 religious, and 11 priests from other dioceses serving in the 106 parishes and diocesan ministries of the Rockford Diocese. 9 diocesan priests have assignments outside the diocese, i.e., Military Chaplains. 1 priest, Fr. Schuessler, is serving in the Missions. 48 are retired, sick or on leave of absence. Has your pastor participated in a recent priest continuing education seminar? Taken an educational sabbatical? Does he serve on a diocesan-wide commission or committee?

Does your parish have a member who is currently in the seminary? The diocese is responsible to recruit, train and form seminarians who will be our future priests serving in the parishes. 8 seminarians will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at various times at the seminary they are attending. On Saturday May 22, 2010, 3 transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood. Highlight any of these men if they are from your parish or have served there during their formation. Currently there are 14 men in our seminary program. Does your parish have a permanent deacon or a person in training? There are 133 active and 13 retired deacons in the Diocese. These Deacons are trained and supervised by the diocese. There is a formal four-year formation program. Applicants must complete the Ministry Formation Program before applying. Currently there are 50 men and wives in the deacon formation program. There are 20 who are in the Aspirancy I class; 18 in the Candidacy I class; and 12 in Candidacy III class. These latter 12 men will be ordained Deacon on May 22, 2010. Does your parish have a permanent Deacon or someone in the formation program? If so, highlight him. Does your parish have a former pastor who is now retired and receiving a diocesan pension and health insurance coverage? There are 48 retired priests. Highlight this person and his current activities.

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Linking Parish Ministries with Diocesan Ministries

PASTORAL MINISTRIES

Does your parish participate in any advocacy and education projects sponsored by the Respect Life Office? Do they march in the Washington, D.C., for the Pro-Life Rally in January each year? Can your parish Life Coordinator speak to the linkage? Does your parish have a RCIA program? Do your catechumens and candidates participate in the Rite of Election at the Cathedral each year sponsored by the diocese? How many participated? Why Catholic? All parishes are involved in this process of evangelization. The Diocese sponsored this program and made arrangements so that trainers and materials were available. Has your pastor, parochial vicar, deacons and pastoral staff participated in the annual Ministry Day? The purposes of this gathering are foster better communication and improve efficiency. Has your parish sponsored men and women in the Diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program? If so, what ministry is that person performing for the parish now, and how did Ministry Formation assist them for this leadership position? 1,038 have been certified since the beginning in 1987. There are 112 enrolled in the program. The Ministry Formation Program has a third year specialization program in selected areas. Currently there are 9 candidates in the Catechetical Leader Certification Program, and 8 in the Ministers of Care. Are any of your parish's graduates of the Ministry Formation Program participating? Since inception in 2008, 175 people have attended the Diocesan Theological Institute. The Institute has offered ten courses in theological studies. Two more are being offered in the Fall of 200 and two others in the Spring 20. Has anyone from your parish attended a course? Does your parish participate in Operation Rice Bowl? Has your parish food pantry received funding from the local share of Operation Rice Bowl? Has your parish resettled any refugees that were sponsored by Catholic Charities? Does your parish have a Family Life Commission? Does your parish have trained marriage preparation teams? ... take advantage of the Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter program? ... the Rainbows for all God's Children program? the National Evangelization Team?, father/son overnights; mother/daughter teas; Family Enrichment Days; Marriage Enrichment evenings; Parent/teen sessions; Christian Father and Mother retreats; Joyful Again?, all ministries coordinated by the diocesan Family Life Office. Does your parish have a Youth Ministry Program? How has the Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry Program assisted your parish leadership? Have your parish leaders received training? Has your youth group been at the new Holy Family of Nazareth Retreat Center or attended a diocesan sponsored program?

EDUCATION MINISTRIES

Do you have a Catholic School? What services can the principal identify that the staff of the Catholic Education Office has provided? Has the school been evaluated recently? ... received assistance with the development of policies, personnel concerns, problem solving, procedures, curriculum, promotion of Catholic schools, working with parish decision making groups? Has your school recently received State certification?

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Ask the parish's Director/Coordinator of Religious Education about religious education services and resources received from the Diocese. How many of your parish's religious ed./Catholic school teachers participated in Catechetics Formation Classes? How often does your DRE/CRE make use of the DRE/CRE handbook? ... the Catechist Certification guidelines for training volunteer teachers? Does your DRE/CRE attend and participate in the monthly Deanery meetings of Catechetical leaders where resources and best practices are shared? Does your parish have catechists who have received the Bishop O'Neill Award for Catechetical Excellence? How many of your catechists have received Catechist Certification? Has your CRE been certified through the Diocesan DRE Certification Program. Do any of your members participate in the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University and participate in the campus ministry programs?

SOCIAL SERVICES

Catholic Charities publishes an annual report. Call the Catholic Charities Administrative office at 85-99-400 to receive a copy. Use some of the statistics to inform the parish about the services provided through this agency. There is an office of Catholic Charities in every part of the Diocese. Contact the Western or Eastern Regional Director of Catholic Charities for specific information about the services the local office has provided to the area. · Many Catholic families are foster families for abused and neglected children. If they are members of the parish, are they willing to be identified and offer their testimony? · Many people have adopted children through Catholic Charities. Are there parishioners who would be willing to share their story? · Does your parish school receive Social Services from Catholic Charities? Does your parish or individual parish members volunteer and support St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center in Rockford? This agency has been providing social services to the inner city poor since the beginning of the 900's. St. Elizabeth has an Early Childhood Program, Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Emergency Services, and Outreach to Seniors.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Has your parish received training from the Office of Research and Planning in the formation of your Pastoral Council? Did any members of your parish Pastoral Council attend a seminar on the role of Pastoral Councils? Has the Director been helpful in your area with planning issues related to the growth in the area or helping with a needs analysis to better minister to your parishioners? Has your parish been involved with the diocesan project of updating its parish boundaries? Has your parish created a Stewardship Commission? Has the commission received assistance from the Director of Parish Stewardship? Has your parish planned a capital campaign and received guidance and organizing assistance from the Director of Stewardship Development? Has your parish received a refund from the Diocesan Stewardship Appeal? Describe what was done with the refunded monies. Tell the parish what will happen with the refund monies from this year's appeal. Does the parish have an endowment account in the Catholic Foundation? Has the parish had a Wills Awareness Seminar conducted by the Director of Planned Giving and the Catholic Foundation? Has the parish ever taken out a loan from the Diocesan Investment and Loan (DIAL) program to fund a major project? Parishes have saved a lot of money in lower interest payments over the years because of this diocesan program. Does your parish participate in the Diocesan Energy program? How much money has been saved in the heating and electric bills because of it?

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Some interesting facts about what has happened because of Diocesan Ministries during the last year

Use these statistics and facts to educate the parishioners about diocesan programs and the services they provide. Some have used these facts in their presentation to the people. Bulletin editors have used them to create bulletin announcements all throughout the year fashioned like the ones found on page 36.

Priests

There are 145 active diocesan, 8 (out of a total of 42 within the diocese) religious, and 11 priests from other dioceses serving in the 106 parishes and diocesan ministries of the Rockford Diocese. 9 diocesan priests have assignments outside the diocese. 1 priest, Fr. William Schuessler, is serving in the Chulucanas, Peru Mission. 48 are retired, sick or on leave of absence.

Deacons

Currently there are 133 active and 13 retired deacons serving in the diocese performing a wide range of ministries including liturgical, evangelization, education, and service. There are 50 enrolled in the diocesan formation and educational process. 12 of these will be ordained to the diaconate on May 22, 2010.

Seminarians

In 2010, 8 current seminarians will be ordained to the transitional deaconate at various times at the seminary in which they are attending. 3 current transitional deacons will ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 2010. There are 14 others discerning their call and studying in numerous seminaries in the United States and Rome.

Sisters

There are 120 sisters in the Rockford Diocese. These include the sisters in residence at McCauley Manor in Aurora and the Poor Clares Monastery in Rockford. Sisters are involved in education, health care, pastoral, Hispanic, and prayer ministries.

Lay Ministry Formation

· · · 112 are enrolled in the current two-year program. Classes are meeting at three different sites. 1038 have completed the program and have been certified by the bishop since its beginning in 1987. 175 have attended at least one of ten courses offered so far by The Diocesan Theological Institute which was initiated in the fall of 2008. Four additional courses will be offered: two during the fall of 2010, two in Spring 2011

Family Life ­ Numbers of Individuals Attending

· · · · · · 3,536 2,722 166 1,788 496 1,054 Youth Retreats Marriage Retreat Young Adult Retreats Marriage Preparation Marriage Education Family Enrichment

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center

· 19,403 · 6,645 · 229 · 7,564 · 288 · 37 · 69 · 1,840 Food Pantry Clothes Closet Furniture Soup Kitchen School age children enrolled in the Extended Care and Summer Camp Full day pre-school Children participated in the Title XX Youth and Family Counseling Program Community Holiday Help

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Catholic Charities - Offices are located in: Aurora, Belvidere, Elgin, Freeport, McHenry, Rockford and Sterling

Individuals served in each program during fiscal year 2009: Catholic Charities ­ Offices are located in Aurora, Belvidere, Elgin, Freeport, McHenry, Rockford and Sterling: Bilingual Outreach Program ................................................................................840 Physician Referral Service .....................................................................................950 Adoption/Crisis Pregnancy .................................................................................146 Child Welfare .........................................................................................................1,501 Adolescent Outreach ............................................................................................... 76 Parent Education ...................................................................................................... 91 Ombudsman .........................................................................................................2,665 Extended Family ........................................................................................................ 95 Immigration / Refugee ......................................................................................1,065 Parenting ...................................................................................................................383 MISTER Parent Education........................................................................................ 34 Counseling .............................................................................................................1,184 Community Holiday Help .................................................................................1,594 Emergency Assistance ......................................................................................1,838

Catholic Education Office ­ oversees and provides guidance to:

6 Diocesan Catholic High Schools ­ 3,190 students Aurora Central Catholic - Aurora St. Edward Central Catholic ­ Elgin Marian Central Catholic - Woodstock Boylan Central Catholic ­ Rockford Aquin Central Catholic ­ Freeport Newman Central Catholic ­ Sterling 41 Elementary Schools ­ 10,580 Students Catechesis/Religious Education Programs High School students 7,118 Elementary students 25,312

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Tips for Presenting the Annual Appeal

An important part of your presentation is the personal witness and individual testimony you provide both with your presence and the way you make your remarks. The following are tips you should use in preparing your comments. . Before you ask the people of the parish to make a pledge, you should make your own first. Be in touch with the reasons that motivated you to do so. When you prepare your remarks, share these personal reasons. The key to parishioner's pledging is to help them understand the teachings and practices of Stewardship and how they apply to daily life. The U.S. Bishops have linked stewardship with the conversion process and the very definition of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. One's gifts of time, talents and treasure are offered: · · · · · in thanksgiving to God for His loving kindness. from the first fruits of our material blessings. We give from the top as a sign that God is first in our lives. in a planned way. We consciously choose how much is dedicated to the mission of God. We do not leave the amount of the gift to momentary whim. in proportion to our time and income. We strive to give the biblical tithe 0%: 5% to the parish; % to the Diocese, and 4% to other worthy causes. To see what your parish could raise if % of your membership gave at the % level on earlier pages. as a sacrifice. Our gift should be enough that it causes us to do without something else less important. Our gift is brought to the Lord and offered at Mass so that our sacrifice will be made holy.

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7. Prepare your personal remarks so you are comfortable with them. Use your own style, wording and delivery. Write out your remarks word for word. Then, if you feel comfortable with the approach, use note or key words to guide you through your presentation so it is more natural. Refer to the Sample Script on the following pages. It is best to rehearse your remarks aloud several times before you give it. Practicing it at least four times will help sharpen your presentation. If you just practice reading it silently, you won't have the same effect. If it is possible, practice it in the Church when no one is there, using the Church's sound system. Above all, be enthusiastic, friendly, and convincing. Remember how the presenter did last year and use the strong points of that presentation.

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Sample Presentation for Introducing the 2010 Video

Every effort should be made to present the video to the faith community at the weekend Masses. Please work to overcome any obstacles to showing the video. This year the video will feature seven witnesses with a message from Bishop Doran. There is a Spanish language version for use at all the Masses in Spanish. The video can also be shown at all parish meetings of the various Councils and committees. It can be helpful with educating these key leadership people about the diocese and asking for their support. It is strongly suggested that the parish presenter use this example only as a guide to develop his/her own presentation. For questions, contact Dave Hougan, at 815-399-4300 or [email protected] Good Morning/Afternoon: (If showing the video, begin here) We all have received a letter from our pastor and the head of our parish's stewardship committee about Diocesan Stewardship. Diocesan Stewardship 200 is the annual time to make a commitment to support the Church family beyond the borders of this specific parish. While our participation and support of our own parish is of utmost importance, our Diocese is important and asks for our support also. This year's theme, One Priestly People Supporting Each Other through Service and Sacrifice draws our attention to Christ who unites the laity and the clergy to be in communion with each other, with our diocesan pastor, Bishop Doran, and the Universal Church headed by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. This unity was begun through our baptism in which we were initiated into the Ministry of Christ as priest, prophet and king. The baptismal call has given each person a specific vocation for the fulfillment of God's Will through the life of the church and society. To help us to understand these truths about our baptism, our unity of purpose and call, and some of the diocesan ministries we are asked to support, seven leaders of our diocese and parishes have volunteered to provide their insights for us to learn about their ministry and express how closely we all are striving to work together for the spiritual welfare of all and the promotion of the Gospel. Their witness stories are also found in the Diocesan Stewardship 200 brochure, the Observer articles, and in this video. I would like to show that to you now. (If not showing the video, begin here) We all have received a letter from our pastor and the head of our parish's stewardship committee about Diocesan Stewardship. Diocesan Stewardship 200 is the annual time to make a commitment to support the Church family beyond the borders of this specific parish. While our participation and support of our own parish is of utmost importance, our Diocese is important and asks for our support also. This year's theme, One Priestly People Supporting Each Other through Service and Sacrifice draws our attention to Christ who unites the laity and the clergy to be in communion with each other, with our diocesan pastor, Bishop Doran, and the Universal Church headed by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. This unity was begun through our baptism in which we were initiated into the Ministry of Christ as priest, prophet and king. The baptismal call has given each person a specific vocation for the fulfillment of God's Will through the life of the church and society. The diocese has asked various individuals to serve as witnesses and give us a better understanding of some of the ministries that are supported by our gifts to Diocesan Stewardship. For example, Msgr. Eric Barr describes his responsibilities as the Vicar for Clergy and Religious. Our priests are the clearest and most visible link between the diocese and the parishes. He will tell us his duties and help us to understand the importance of the priesthood for the Church.

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Sample Presentation for Introducing the 2010 Video

In that light, three other priests will also provide their own witnesses about their ministry within the Diocese and how they see the connection between their ministries and the Diocese. Msgr. Tim Doherty, the Diocesan Ethicist for Health Care Concerns and pastor of two parishes in the eastern part of the diocese, Fr. Chris Kuhn, a pastor of three parishes in the western part of the diocese, and Fr. Bill Etheredge, the Superintendent of Aurora Catholic Schools and Principal of Aurora Central High Schools will share their perspectives about their ministries and their linkages to the Diocese. There are other witnesses speaking about the Catholic Charities' Ombudsman Program, Campus Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry. These and other diocesan ministries are staffed by excellent and dedicated leaders and are providing us with opportunities for growth in our Christian faith. You can read their stories in the appeal brochure, watch for articles in The Observer, and view the diocesan video by visiting the website: www.stewardshiprockford.org. That website is referenced in this week's bulletin. After the video has played or if you did not play the video, continue... (Mention a specific parish connection between a diocesan ministry in the video and parish ministries, i.e., Ministry Formation graduates, priests, school, etc.) Next week (depending on which method chosen by the parish) you will receive a mailing from the Diocese ­ or, we will ask you to make a pledge during the Mass. If you are a current or past supporter of Diocesan Stewardship, thank you. We hope we can count on your support once again this year. If you have not supported Diocesan Stewardship in the past, we sincerely ask you to reflect on that. If you have questions or concerns, please share those and we will do our best to answer them. Everyone's involvement is important and we hope to achieve a very high participation level this year. Last year xxx participated, which is about xx% of the parish. Some ask, how much are you asking us to contribute? As a stewardship parish and diocese, our goal is that everyone will give a sacrificial gift of 5% of their time, talent and treasure to our parish, 4% to worthy causes in the community and world, and % to Diocesan Stewardship. If you need a specific suggested amount to contribute as a guide, we hope that everyone will consider at least an average pledge of ($00) ­ to be paid in ten monthly or four equal payments. The diocese will send you a reminder mailer, or you can sign up for them to take it out of your checking account, or you can use your Visa, Discover or Master credit card if you so desire. Gifts of appreciated stock, mutual funds and grain can be arranged also. The diocese also accepts donations on-line; you will see that internet address on the materials. Thank you for your kind attention to this request. Please do your best, but please respond as soon as you can. If you are unable to participate this year because of a personal difficulty, please mark your pledge card with a note saying "unable to give this year." No other requests will be sent to you. However, if you can participate, we ask for your sacrificial gift. Finally, Father and your committee would love it if we heard from everyone by the end of this month, so we do not have to spend additional funds for following up with those who have not told us of their intention. Thank you for your kind attention to this matter and for your generous response.

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Prayers of the Faithful

V For the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, our Bishop Thomas, may they find spiritual and physical strength to carry on their duties, let us pray to the Lord. V That we may grow in discipleship as faithful stewards of the gifts entrusted to us by God, let us pray to the Lord. V For the unemployed, under-employed, and anyone negatively impacted by the weakened economy, that they find assistance and support. Let us pray to the Lord. V For those now studying for the priesthood and diaconate in the Rockford Diocese, that God may guide and strengthen them in the discernment of their vocation, we pray to the Lord. V For those enrolled in the Ministry Formation Program and the Hispanic Ministry Leadership School, may their studies lead them to a closer relationship with Christ, and prepare them for leadership roles in their parish, let us pray to the Lord. V For those who have wandered from active participation in the Catholic Church, may they find a path to come back home, let us pray to the Lord. V That Diocesan Stewardship 200 will be successful in all parishes of the Diocese because of deepening acceptance of Stewardship as a Way of Life and because of the generous support of all members. Let us pray to the Lord.

COMBINING PARISH & DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP

V For all members of this parish, that we may respond as responsible stewards to this year's parish and diocesan stewardship of treasure appeal, we pray to the Lord. V That all ministries supported by our parish and diocese may bring people to a deeper faith in God, we pray to the Lord. V That those who have fallen away from the Catholic Church be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and our Christian witness and return to their true home, let us pray to the Lord. V That we may share our financial resources given as a sacred trust from God with all in need, especially the poor, we pray to the Lord. V That our faith commitment will drive all our decisions regarding sharing our resources with others, we pray to the Lord. V For a spirit of generosity, that we can respond as true disciples to this year's parish and diocesan stewardship appeals, we pray to the Lord. V In thanksgiving for all who have supported our annual parish and diocesan stewardship appeals with their prayers and financial support, we pray to the Lord.

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Bulletin Announcements For Any Time of The Year

The following bulletin announcements should be used throughout the year in an effort to educate the people about the Diocese, what their Diocesan Stewardship donations are accomplishing, and to thank them for their generosity. You can use the graphic images found on the Office of Stewardship Development's website: www.stewardshiprockford.org in the Diocesan Stewardship folder within the DS graphics file.

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

Through the diocesan-wide Catholic Charities' Ombudsman Program 2,805 senior citizens living in nursing and assisted living homes were assisted by listening to their concerns and advocating for the resolution of their problems. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship `10

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

The Diocesan Newman Campus Ministry program reaches out to college students at Northern Illinois University and Rockford College so that the students' faith life may be nurtured and strengthened through this challenging time of their lives. The staff provides spiritual, social and leadership development opportunities for our future Church leaders. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship `10

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

In 200, eight seminarians were ordained to the transitional diaconate and three transitional deacons were ordained to the priesthood to serve in the parishes of the diocese. Their schooling and living expenses were covered by the donations from this appeal. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship `10

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

Currently there are 2 individuals from numerous parishes enrolled in the two-year Lay Ministry Formation Program. They will learn Church History, Doctrine, Scripture and skills necessary for assuming leadership roles in various ministries of the parish. Your donations cover the major costs of the program. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship`10

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

Currently there are 4 studying in the seminary program for the Diocese of Rockford. Many of these will continue on to ordination and service in the parishes of the diocese. Your support of this appeal provides for their education. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship`10

Because of your generous support of Diocesan Stewardship 2010

Deacons serve in many ministries of our parishes. Before their ordination, they and their wives participate in many years of study and formation. Currently there are 50 couples in varying stages of formation. This formation process before ordination and their on-going education once ordained is paid in large part by the generous donors to Diocesan Stewardship. Thank you for your generous pledge to Diocesan Stewardship`10

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Bulletin Clip Art Witnesses for Diocesan Stewardship From Past Years

web access: www.stewardshiprockford.org/diocesan stewardship

Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship

Thank You!

The two-year journey through Ministry Formation has been one of the most meaningful and spiritually fulfilling times in my life.. I have learned much about the Catholic Church and its teachings, the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and Church history. I have been strengthened in the areas of ministry, liturgy, evangelization, and service to Greg D'Anna others. Ministry Formation has helped guide me into a leadership role with the RCIA Program.

Greg D'Anna St. Peter Church Geneva, IL

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You, the people of this diocese, have responded very generously to the call of stewardship not only in support of your parish and its ministries, but also to the Church at the diocesan level. Through the gifts of many peoples' time, talent and treasure, our diocesan ministries, advisory and consultative bodies are providing excellent quality services and leading this local Church to a future in which more people are growing closer and closer to the imitation of Christ. May God bless you for your generosity. Thank you. Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D Bishop of Rockford

Donors to Diocesan Stewardship

I feel strongly about stewardship -- time, talent, and treasure, which has been so instilled in me growing up. Nothing in this world is ours. We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. Stewardship ensures that you will have everything you need because you give from your first fruits. Tithing is the way that I've been raised. The woman from the Bible that gave her pennies gave as much as the person that gave a whole bunch. It's very simply put.

Mrs. Lisa Coté, St. John the Baptist, Johnsburg

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Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship

Thank You!

The more we know how much God loves us, the more generous we become in giving to God for all the wonderful things He has done for us ­ that is the essence of stewardship. When you realize how much God has given us, we have to give ­ the closer we come to God Msgr. Thomas Brady ­ the more He will do for us, and the more we will do for Him and his Body the Church. That is what stewardship is all about.

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Brady, P.A., PhD. Vicar General

Diocese of Rockford

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web access: www.stewardshiprockford.org/diocesan stewardship

Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship

Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship

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It is very edifying to see whenever I go to a parish in this Diocese and there are 3 or 4 people who have gone through the Ministry Formation Program and doing competent and much needed work in their parish. I wish people in general knew all that went into their preparation. This is made possible because of all the people taking a moment to make a contribution to support their parish and the diocese.

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I think we have had some people that have given very generously over the years to Diocesan Stewardship and other people try when they are able to give. I think it's wonderful that so many people give sacrificially and do whatever they can to give. I'd like to encourage everybody else to give, even if it is just a little bit, it helps the effort.

Mary Kay Sullivan, Stewardship Committee Chairperson, St. Mary, DeKalb

Mr. John McGrath

Mr. John McGrath, Director Adult Faith Formation Coordinator of Evangelization and Why Catholic? Program

Diocese of Rockford

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"I am a product of your stewardship; I went through Ministry Formation and the Diaconate Program. So I am grateful for your generosity. And I hope you appreciate all the work that the Deacons do for you. Stewardship is time, treasure and talent. The reason I do what I do is Deacon Bill Dall because I truly believe that our life is God's gift to us, and what we do with our life is our gift to God.

Deacon Bill Dall St. Rita, Rockford

Because of your gift to Diocesan Stewardship

Thank You!

"The Lord loves a cheerful giver" because I think that displays an attitude of generosity. In 2 Corinthians St. Paul uses the word, "thanksgiving" several times. To give thanks acknowledges our dependence on God, and the fact that all the blessings we have received come from God. To me, a beautiful way of ensuring blessings in the future is to be thankful for the blessings that we've already received. It's an act of humility and dependence on God. Msgr. Joseph Linster, Pastor of St. Patrick in St. Charles

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Followup Procedures for Diocesan Stewardship

Every parish that successfully conducts Diocesan Stewardship has worked out a very specific follow up plan.

Suggestion for all May Weekends immediately following Pledge Weekend

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Mention the Appeal in the weekly prayers of the faithful. Use the parish bulletin announcements and clip art to reinforce on going efforts. At Announcement time give a report on the parish's status regarding its goal. Have brochures, blank pledge cards, envelopes and pens available. Fill in the thermometer poster as the Appeal progresses.

During the last week of May organize a telephone calling committee, or a direct mailing to non respondents. After reviewing the list of your parish's non respondents, eliminate those members whose current personal situations suggest that they should be excused from this year's Appeal. (When reporting to the Stewardship Development Office, please indicate to us these members, so that we can appropriately code them as a DS NO. We will not include these individuals in any other diocesan follow up mailings.) If you ordered a set of printed pledge cards, organize the non respondents into these groups: . last year givers but not so far this year, they are marked with "L" 2. givers with some giving history in the past five years, but not last year; with "S" . those with no giving history in the past five years; they are marked with "N"

PARISH TELEPHONE CALLING COMMITTEE

Telephone follow up is a very effective approach whereby volunteers gather (or work separately), and call parishioners who have not responded to the diocesan direct mailing and to the pulpit presentation. Before you begin the actual calling, spend a few moments orienting the volunteers to the diocesan ministries and have them practice their call. If you do not have enough volunteers, be sure to call those people whose cards are marked with a "L" or "S".

DIRECT MAILING FROM THE PARISH

Using a set of labels that your parish received from the Stewardship Development Office, send a letter from the pastor and committee chairperson. Include a pledge card and return envelope. For parishes with PDS, there are many resources available to help.

DIOCESAN FOLLOW UP MAILING Third week in July DIOCESAN TELEPHONE FOLLOW-UP ­ September ­ to Early October

Diocesan Follow up activities will include both a July mailing to all non respondents and a September Phone-a-thon to non respondents with a giving history. All parishes will participate in the July follow up mailing and only those parishes, which wish to be a part of the September telephone follow-up, will be included. In early June, parishes will receive a list of nonrespondents. Parishes should exclude individuals for pastoral reasons only from the diocesan follow up and report those names before June 30, 2010, to the Office of Stewardship Development.

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Telephone Followup

HOW TO ORGANIZE A PARISH TELEPHONE SOLICITATION EFFORT

. Review the list of parishioners who have not, to date, made a pledge to Diocesan Stewardship. Try to reach as many of the parishioners as possible. The highest priority is to increase participation.

Your highest success rate will be among those parishioners who pledged last year, but have not done so this year. The next highest success rate will be among those parishioners who have some giving history in the past five years.

2. . Recruit enough volunteers for 20 to 0 calls per person. Try to recruit people with an out going personality, and who are comfortable making the calls. If possible, select a central location for the calling, especially a place with more than one telephone line. This will provide volunteer support and affirmation, and any questions from the donors can be answered then and there. If this is not possible, allow the volunteers to do the phoning from their own homes, but set a specific deadline for completing this activity. Before you begin making the calls, go through a caller training and assignment process. This will include a brief run through of the calling script and the assignment of labels and pledge cards. Let the volunteers select whom they will call, if possible. The best time to call is weekday evenings from 6:0 p.m. to 8:0 p.m. Make an announcement at the preceding weekend liturgy that there will be a telephone follow up for the Appeal in order to prepare the parishioners.

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SOME HELPFUL HINTS:

Remember that in most cases the parishioners will already be aware of Diocesan Stewardship from previous years. Some people will be surprised that they are able to make a pledge over the phone and many will be grateful for the effort of the volunteer to call with a friendly reminder. Try to convince the person without pressure that he/she should make a pledge to Diocesan Stewardship. But, be mindful that some persons are annoyed at any invasion of their privacy.

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Sample Telephone Script

. Introduce yourself and tell them you are calling for Fr. (pastor's name) from {name of parish} regarding Diocesan Stewardship. Be sure to ask for the specific person named on the list given to you by Father. If they are not at home, ask for the best time to call back. Some homes may require several call backs, so don't be discouraged.

Do not leave any message on a telephone answering machine; 99% of the time the call will not be returned. This also applies to leaving your number and expecting a call back.

2. . Indicate to them that Father has to make a report to the Bishop soon. Tell them, "I have a pledge card in front of me. Father hopes that you will consider making a pledge, and if you will, I can handle the details over the phone. May I receive a commitment from you? (Many times a husband or wife may indicate that they have to speak to their spouse first before making a commitment. Ask when you can call back for their decision and be sure to call back at that time. Making good notes [dates, who spoke to you, date and time to call back, details of the conversation] are most helpful in making call backs.) If the person responds "yes", you add: * (for those who pledged nothing last year) "we are asking for an average gift of ($250 or $25 for 0- months) per family, what will your gift/pledge be?" If they indicate that figure is too much, ask them what amount they could feel comfortable giving. (Try to obtain a specific amount.) ** (for those who pledged last year) "your pledge last year was $ _______, what can I put you down for this year?" (Try to obtain a specific amount.) 5. 6. Thank them and tell them to mail their gift to the Rectory or drop it in the collection basket next Sunday. Please make the check out to {name of parish} DS. To verify their address ask them if the address the parish has on their card (read the address) is correct. If not, secure the new address.

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Callers need to return the names and notes to the Rectory by (date) and be told that the pastor is very grateful for their help with this project. Make all notes or comments on your calling sheet. All those who say they have misplaced, lost or did not receive a card, tell them that you can receive their pledge over the phone. Be familiar with the diocesan budget which is attached and how much each agency gets in case there is a question about this. Remind the people that the parish receives all monies over the parish goal of $______. This surplus will be used for this purpose: __________________________

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Sample `Thank You' Letter to Those Giving a OneTime Gift or Making a Pledge

May 25, 200

Mr. & Mrs. Steward TimeTalentTreasure Way WayofLife, IL 625 Dear Grateful Disciple: Thank you for your participation and support of Diocesan Stewardship 200. Your sacrificial gift giving is a sign of your unity with all the baptized of this Diocese who are placing their gifts of time, talent and treasure in the hands of our loving God, so that His will can be accomplished through the ministries of the Church at the diocesan level. This is what is meant by being a good steward of God's gifts. This year we learned about the role of the Vicar for the Clergy and Religious and how the diocese helps and prepares priests to have the support needed to be effective in the various types of ministries to which they are assigned. We also heard from lay leaders serving senior citizens, campus ministry staff guiding college aged students, and a lay pastoral minister being involved in diocesan programs and commissions so that parishioners of her parish may benefit. In these difficult times, we asked you to sacrifice for the good of all, and once again, you did. Know that your sacrifice will assist many people all throughout the Rockford Diocese who benefit from these ministries. Your active participation not only in this effort, but with all you do for the Church, gives witness that you understand that by baptism, we are one priestly people ­ supporting each other by service and sacrifice. Be assured of our prayers for you and your intentions. Sincerely Yours,

Pastor

Stewardship Commission Chair

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Sample Followup Letter to NonRespondents to Diocesan Stewardship

May 25, 200

Mr. & Mrs. Very-Reluctant 555 Abletogive St. Notunemployedorsick, IL 625 Dear Letothers-doit: One Priestly People ­ Supporting Each Other by Service and Sacrifice We ask you to make a pledge to Diocesan Stewardship 200 by filling out the enclosed pledge card and returning it to the parish as soon as you can. Why do we think your participation is important? v This year's theme states it all. We, the baptized, are all in this together. v Each member has been given gifts by God to be shared with love. v Our parish is a part of a greater whole ­ the diocese. We are not alone. v As the Nicene Creed states: We believe in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Apostolic refers to believers united to a successor of the apostles who is the bishop. v Diocesan ministries provide services to all the 06 parishes of this diocese, which cannot be provided by the individual parish by themselves. v Wishing to be accountable stewards, the Bishop and the Diocesan Finance Council publish the annual diocesan budget in The Observer which funds the ministries of the Bishop. v The diocese does not have 52 weekly Offertory collections like parishes to secure resources for its ministries. It has only this annual appeal. v If the parish achieves its goal by the payments of its members, the parish receives the overage for its own special projects. v If the parish does not achieve its goal by the payments of its members, the difference must be made up from other parish revenues. To learn more about the ministries of the Rockford Diocese, please read the appeal brochure and April 2rd edition of The Observer that all registered Catholics received. You can also view this year's video explaining various ministries of the Diocese by visiting www.stewardshiprockford.org or the Diocesan website: www.rockforddiocese.org. Please participate to the best of your ability. Thank you. Sincerely yours,

Pastor

Parish Stewardship Committee Chairperson

PS: If circumstances do not allow you to participate this year, please return the enclosed pledge card writing a "0" on the card indicating your inability to donate this year.

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OFFICIALS OF THE DIOCESE

BISHOP

A bishop, by divine institution, carries on the work of the apostles. By reason of episcopal consecration, he shares in the triple apostolic function of a teacher of doctrine, a priest of sacred worship, and minister of church government. Bishops are responsible to act in council to guide the Church. The bishop to whom a particular or local church is entrusted is called a diocesan bishop or a residential bishop. All other bishops receive Titular Sees over which they exercise no pastoral authority. When the pastoral needs of a diocese or archdiocese warrant, an auxiliary bishop may be assigned to aid the residential bishop in governing his diocese. An auxiliary bishop is assigned when the residential bishop needs assistance in carrying out his duties because of ill health, advanced age, or amount of work. An auxiliary bishop does not have the right of succession within his diocese. In special circumstances, such as the advanced age or ill health of a diocesan bishop, a coadjutor bishop may be appointed to assist the principal bishop of a diocese. Coadjutor bishops have the right of succession in the diocese of their appointment from the time the See becomes vacant upon the death or retirement of its bishop.

VICAR GENERAL

A bishop or priest appointed to participate in the executive (administrative) governance of the diocese with executive jurisdiction as a deputy of the diocesan bishop is a vicar general. The appointment of a vicar general is mandatory for every diocese. This office is designed to facilitate and unify diocesan administration.

MODERATOR OF THE CURIA

The Moderator of the Curia is a bishop or priest, appointed by the diocesan bishop, who is concerned with administration and other services to the people of the parishes.

CHANCELLOR/VICE CHANCELLOR

The chancellor (or the chancery) evolved from the practice in the early Church of appointing an official to sign and preserve the letters of the bishop. The function of the chancellor in the present day is gathering, arranging, and safeguarding the acts of the diocesan curia. Dispensations and other official documents also originate from the chancery. In many dioceses the chancellor continues to exercise ordinary jurisdiction as delegated by the diocesan bishop and may be assisted by an official, the vicechancellor.

VICAR FORANE (DEAN)

The title of a priest appointed by the bishop to aid him in administering the parishes in a specified area, called a "deanery " or "vicariates forane." The function of a dean, or vicar forane, involves promotion, coordination, and supervision of the common pastoral activity within the deanery or vicariate.

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JUDICIAL VICAR

By Church law, the diocesan bishop is the judge of all cases in the diocesan tribunal of first trial. He must appoint a priest with ordinary power to judge cases not reserved to the bishop himself. This priest must have a graduate degree in canon law. He is called the judicial vicar, and is sometimes referred to as the chief judge or "officialis." He may be given another priest as an assistant with the title of adjutant judicial vicar.

VICAR

The appointment of a priest or a bishop as an episcopal vicar is an option given to a diocesan bishop when he needs a deputy for governing a specific territory within the diocese, a group of persons or a specific rite, or a type of apostolic work within the diocese. In the Diocese of Rockford, the bishop has appointed the following episcopal vicars: Vicar for Clergy and Religious and Vicar for Hispanic Ministry.

Diocesan Budget Making Process for 2010

In early January 200, all diocesan department heads submitted a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. In preparation of that proposal, each department head was given instructions and were required to work with their appropriate Department Director. Once submitted, those budgets were reviewed, and in some cases, modified by Msgr. Kagan, the Vicar General/ Moderator of the Curia. On February 4, 200, the Diocesan Finance Council was convened to discuss the budget and provide consultative advice to the bishop. They discussed the current economic problems as they are experienced by the parishioners and parishes. After a lengthy discussion of various options, the Finance Council voted in favor of maintaining the diocesan budget at last year's amount. Bishop agreed and made the decision to approve it. Earlier in this manual you will find a three-year comparison of the diocesan budget and a description of the major changes. The April 2, 200 edition of The Observer, which will be sent to all registered members of the Diocese, will present the diocesan budget for next fiscal year.

Diocesan Finance Council

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Brady Rev. Msgr. David Kagan Rev. Msgr. Joseph Linster Rev. Msgr. John Mitchell Rev. Stephen Knox Dr. Wayne Lenell Mr. Michael Cyrs Mr. William Lenert Mr. Kenneth May Mr. David Nosbisch Mrs. Regina Narusis Mrs. Lois Wienen-Kamuntz Vicar General Vicar General - Moderator of the Diocesan Curia St. Patrick, St. Charles Retired from Active Ministry St. Mary, Huntley Director of Financial and Administrative Services Holy Family, Rockford Holy Angels, Aurora Holy Family, Rockford St. Mary, Durand SS Peter and Paul, Cary St. Michael, Galena

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DIOCESAN AGENCIES

Many of these are funded by Diocesan Stewardship. Others are funded by insurance premiums and/or service fees.

OFFICE OF ACCOUNTING AND DATA PROCESSING

This office is responsible for the parish uniform accounting system, central payroll, tax sheltered annuity program, parish lists and labels, high school and diocesan agency accounting, computer support (Parish Data Systems, WordPerfect, and Quickbooks), internal audits, the diocesan energy programs (natural gas and electric), and general tax compliance issues.

BISHOP LANE RETREAT CENTER

This serene and peaceful retreat complex consists of the main retreat center, a family youth center, and Vianney Oaks. Among the beautiful wooded and open greenery areas there is a grotto of Mary and a walking path with stations of the cross. Some of the various retreats, conference/meetings, and programs include: individual and group retreats, marriage preparation and enrichment programs, many youth and family retreats and gatherings, and diocesan/parish related events. The Bishop Lane Retreat Center is located at 7708 E. McGregor Road, southwest of Rockford.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

The campus ministry is available to students, faculties, and staff of Northern Illinois University, Rockford College, and Aurora University. The focus is on forming a faith community, learning the faith, shaping Christian conscience, educating for justice, facilitating personal development, and developing future leaders.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

In reaching out to people and communities throughout our diocese, this ministry touches many through the programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockford, such as refugee resettlement, long-term care ombudsman services, and physician referral services. The Catholic Charities offices provide a wide range of services to children and families in need including: counseling, foster care, adoption, parenting education, bilingual outreach, and emergency assistance. Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and Operation Rice Bowl is coordinated through this agency. Catholic Charities also provides immigration and refugee resettlement services, advocacy and assistance to the elderly in nursing homes, and physician referral services for individuals and families on Medicaid. The area Catholic Charities offices and satellites are located in the following towns and serve surrounding deaneries: Aurora, Belvidere, DeKalb, Dixon, Elgin, Freeport, Galena, Harvard, McHenry, Rockford, and Sterling.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION

The Director of the Department of Educational Services focuses on the overall vision and development of quality programs for the educational ministries of the parishes and diocese. The Catholic schools department provides leadership and direction in the operation and management of the diocese's 49 Catholic schools serving approximately 0,580 students. The Religious Education and Formation department provides resources for the parish directors and coordinators of religious education. Personnel staff provides assistance for the screening of qualified applicants for elementary principals, secondary chief administrators, and directors/coordinators of religious education positions. They also accept applications for elementary teachers and keep an updated data bank of the names of potential teachers.

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The Assistant Superintendent develops curriculum guidelines for elementary schools. This is accomplished by following a rotating schedule to cover core curricula and to assure the Catholic identity of the material taught. Joint efforts of the schools and the Religious Education department offer continual catechetical formation for the teachers and catechists of the Diocese of Rockford.

THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION

Established in 987, the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford is an umbrella endowment fund. Parishes, schools and diocesan agencies may establish endowment accounts. This endowment fund accepts gifts whose principal (corpus) remains untouched for perpetuity, but allows for distribution of earnings. Motivated by good stewardship practices, the Catholic Foundation provides the individual participants (accounts) the advantages of more favorable investment strategies and documented accountability, while avoiding duplication of legal and administrative costs. The executive director of the Catholic Foundation is also the director of planned giving in the Stewardship Development Office of the diocese.

CHANCERY ADMINSTRATION

Chancery Administration is a general term that applies to the overall administrative expenses related to the operations of the Bishop's main offices such as the Vicars General, Chancellor and Master of Ceremonies.

CHARISMATICS

Charismatic renewal within the church is used by the Holy Spirit to foster, nurture, support and build upon the church, and the body of Christ. The group identifies how the Holy Spirit moves among the people, and discerns how best to support the needs of the people as they grow in their world with the Lord. Parishes may organize prayer groups, which would include a liaison, to work in conjunction with their area renewal team. Charismatic renewal is placed under the covering of Vicar for Spiritual Formation.

OFFICE OF CLERGY & RELIGIOUS

This office assists the bishop in matters pertaining to priests and their appointments and to enhance priestly life by providing support, assistance, concern for wellness, and education. It functions to supervise programs for the retired priests, permanent deacons, and Women Religious. The Vicar for Clergy and Religious is directly involved in working toward these diocesan goals: v To recognize and respond to the critical situation in our diocese regarding the diminishing number of priests and religious men and women in the face of a rapidly expanding population. v To enable diocesan personnel to fulfill their roles in the mission of the diocese. v To continue to provide an effective diocesan structure responsive to the needs of the Rockford Diocese. v To be in contact with the priests of the diocese, through personal interviews, phone contacts, and diocesan and social gatherings so as to have knowledge of their strengths, skills, and personal struggles for maximum effectiveness in ministry. v To monitor the health of our diocesan priests and intervene when any kind of problem surfaces, physically or psychologically.

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CLERGY PERSONNEL COMMISSION

The Clergy Personnel Commission is appointed by the Vicar for Clergy and Religious and consists of five members. The commission serves as an advisory group to the Vicar for Clergy, who chairs the personnel board, and also acts as a committee for "priestly life and ministry."

CLERGY RELIEF DIOCESAN CLERGY RETIREMENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE

The Clergy Relief Society ministers to the clergy for the purpose of providing financial relief and health insurance coverage to its priest members when retired, or disabled by sickness or accident.

COLLEGE OF CONSULTORS

The diocesan bishop presides over the College of Consultors and the priests who make up the College of Consultors are selected from the members of the Presbyteral Council. The diocesan bishop convenes the College of Consultors in order to perform the more important acts of administration in light of the economic situation of the diocese.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

This office publishes The Observer, official diocesan newspaper, which circulates to more than 0,000 homes weekly and to more than 70,000 homes several times a year. The office also produces a weekly radio program and daily TV spot featuring Bishop Doran, prepares various print, audio and video media to meet the needs of the diocese and maintains the diocese's dynamic web site, http://www.rockforddiocese.org.

CONCILIATION & ARBITRATION

Conciliation and arbitration members are called together only as necessity requires to address the needs of diocesan employees. The Office of Conciliation and Arbitration provides employees with a continuance, after all internal channels have been exhausted, in the grievance process. A department head or the employee may refer issues to conciliation, and if necessary proceed to arbitration. The general supervision of the Commission is the competence of the Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Rockford.

DIOCESAN AFFLIATIONS

The Diocese of Rockford is officially united with the following organizations and is responsible for a portion of their support. The Vatican Assessment relates to assistance given by each Diocese in the US for the support of the day to day operations of the Holy Father and his ministry to the Universal Church. The assessment is based on the same formula that each diocese uses to support its own Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB is based in Washington DC, organized into various departments and addresses the needs of the Catholic Church in the US. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is made up of the six Catholic Dioceses in Illinois and addresses the common needs of the Illinois Dioceses. The Metropolitan Tribunal is the Court of Second Instance to which all decrees of annulment issued by an Illinois Diocesan Tribunal is automatically appealed. The Illinois Conference of Churches is an ecumenical body established to promote inter-denominational dialogue and action. The Illinois Catholic Health Association is made up of Catholic Health Care Providers in Illinois and seeks to coordinate services and advocate for the needs of the member organizations.

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DIOCESAN CEMETERIES

There are five diocesan cemeteries within the diocese of Rockford. They are located in Aurora, Geneva, Elgin, and Rockford with three regional offices located in Rockford, Aurora, and Elgin. The diocesan cemeterians have a threefold mission: to bury the dead of Catholic communities with dignity and grace, to care for the families in their time of grief, and to maintain an attractive and peaceful setting where their loved one's physical remains are buried. The regional cemetery offices also offer support, reference, and help to the parish cemeteries in the diocese. All cemeterians of the diocese meet regularly to learn, share, and grow in their ministry.

DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

The purpose of this umbrella organization representing parish and diocesan Catholic Women's Groups is to support, educate, and empower in the areas of spirituality, leadership and service. This diocesan council is alined with the State and National Council of Catholic Women. The US Catholic Bishops encouraged the creation of this organization in the early 920s.

DIOCESAN SERVICES

This is a generic term to group a number of budget line items such as the Central Administration Building which is the operating expenses (not principal and interest) for the central office building housing the majority of diocesan ministries. Legal and Audit are some of the expenses for the Diocesan Legal Department and the outside auditors. Accumulated deficits from the Vineyard Store, when owned by the diocese, is being amortized over a 5 year period.

DIOCESAN INVESTMENT AND LOAN OFFICE (DIAL)

DIAL is the diocesan saving and loan program. The main purposes of this program are to provide funds for self-financing of capital and maintenance projects within the Diocese of Rockford at reasonable (i.e., less-than-market rate) interest costs, and to return a higher-than-market rate of interest to diocesan entities that have funds on deposit with DIAL. Diocesan entities are prohibited from maintaining local investments such as savings accounts, certificates of deposit, bonds, and equity investments. Excess funds, defined as those in excess of 60 days operating expenses, must be deposited with DIAL. The office mails monthly statements of both deposit accounts and loan balances. The DIAL office also serves as a billing function for other diocesan operations such as central Catholic high school assessments and property and liability insurance billings.

DEAF APOSTOLATE

The Apostolate provides spiritual, sacramental and social activities for members of the Diocese who are deaf. Interpreted Masses are scheduled on a regular basis in parishes throughout the diocese. For more information contact the Deaf Apostolate Office or email: [email protected]

DIVINE WORSHIP

The Office of Divine Worship provides leadership training and resources to parish leaders and acts as a resource for the rite of Christian initiation for adults. The divine worship office also provides services for major ceremonies at the cathedral and throughout the diocese.

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ECUMENISM

The Ecumenism Committee represents the Catholic Church as it relates to other faith communities. The committee participates in dialogue groups and represents the Diocese of Rockford on the Board of the Illinois Conference of Churches.

ETHICIST FOR HEALTH CARE ISSUES

The ethicist for the diocese provides consultation to the bishop, priests, and diocesan agencies in theological and ethical matters. He is the official diocesan liaison to all the health care providers in the diocese and conducts adult continuing education programs in parishes and other Catholic institutions (e.g., Catholic colleges of nursing).

OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE

The Office of Family Life provides Christian-based programs for families, couples, and individuals who seek opportunities to enrich and strengthen their family life. Some of the programs include: marriage preparation, ministry to married and remarried, ministry for divorced Catholics, and workshops for parenting and family life topics.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

This multi-tasked office manages many administrative components of the diocese which include: Diocesan buildings and properties, legal matters, human resources, auditing services, and diocesan assessments and investments. Administrative supervision is provided for the Accounting & Data Processing Office, Diocesan Cemeteries, Property Management Office, and Stewardship Development Office. This office also acts in a consulting capacity with parishes in financial areas.

FINANCE COUNCIL

The Finance Council is appointed by the Bishop. The Bishop, or his delegates, preside over the council. It is composed of at least three members of the Christian faithful of outstanding integrity, skilled in financial affairs and in civil law. Members are named for a five-year term and may be reappointed for another five years.

HEALTH INSURANCE - EMPLOYEES

The health insurance office is responsible for the enrollment and administration of the various components of the health care plan (health, dental, vision, prescription, life insurance, and short and long-term disability programs) as well as the tax sheltered annuity program. The office also supplies enrollment cards and disability forms, distributes ID cards and booklets to new enrollees, and answers insurance benefit questions. Employees electing pre-tax deductions for either tax sheltered annuities (TSA) or dependent insurance (section 25) should contact this office.

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HISPANIC MINISTRY

This office acts as a personal representative of the bishop in matters relating to the ministry of the Hispanic people of the diocese. It is responsible for implementing the U.S. bishops' national plan for Hispanic ministry, supervises the regional Hispanic centers, and acts as a bridge between the Hispanic community and other groups. Hispanic ministry offices serve the entire eleven counties of the diocese, e.g., Aurora, DeKalb, Elgin, Freeport, Harvard, Rochelle, Rockford, and Sterling. Through the regional offices the goals of the national plan for Hispanic ministry are implemented with the regional centers serving the surrounding deaneries. The goals of the office are small Christian communities, evangelization, justice and peace, ministry formation, holistic education and sacramental and liturgical preparation.

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES

The immigration and refugee services program of Catholic Charities is committed to serving the needs of refugees, immigrants, and those seeking asylum in our country. The work in the area of resettlement involves the reception of the refugee families and providing core services to facilitate easy self-sufficiency. Volunteers are either individuals or parishes that act as sponsors in welcoming and meeting the initial needs of refugee families. Over the years, the ethnicities of the refugees have changed as crisis spots in the world change.

INTERNAL AUDITOR

The Internal Auditor reviews the financial status and procedures of the diocesan parishes and agencies to assist the pastors and directors with improving compliance with governmental and diocesan rules. Another important function of the Internal Auditor is to assist in the development of best practices processes and procedures to help minimize exposure to financial risk. These services are provided through periodic audit visits to each parish and agency followed up by a report offering recommendations for improvement.

LAY MINISTRY FORMATION

The Ministry Formation Office is a two-year program and provides basic knowledge and skills for candidates from the diocese who are accepting leadership positions on behalf of their parishes. The formation emphasis is on: prayer, theology, scripture, history, communication, and leadership skills.

LAY EMPLOYEE PENSION

Functions relating to the administration of the lay employee pension are performed by this office. Assistance is given in the areas of eligibility, contribution calculations, benefit accumulations, annual participant statements, and requirements upon a participant's leaving the plan.

LEGAL SERVICES

The Office of Legal Services provides advice and counsel on legal matters and oversees litigation involving the Diocese and closes transactions with third parties on behalf of the Diocese.

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DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL

A Pastoral Council is established under the authority of the bishop to investigate all matters which pertain to the pastoral work day, consider their purpose, and propose practical conclusions. The Diocesan Pastoral Council consists of the Christian faithful, clerics and religious, and lay persons who are designated by the Bishop.

PERMANENT DIACONATE OFFICE

The Permanent Diaconate Office prepares and conducts a five-year formation program preparing men for ordination to the permanent diaconate. It also assists the ordained deacons by providing retreats, enrichment workshops, and ministry supervision.

PRESBYTERAL COUNCIL

A Presbyteral Council is established in each diocese and is a body of priests who act as a senate to the bishop, representing the presbyterate. The Presbyteral Council is convened by the bishop as an aid in the governance of the diocese according to the norm of the law for the pastoral welfare of the people. The Presbyteral Council offers a consultative vote to the bishop for his discernment, but council consent is required only in cases expressly defined by law.

PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM

The property and liability insurance is served by Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. and administers the following for the diocese: property insurance, liability insurance, priest's automobile insurance, and workers' compensation insurance.

RESEARCH AND PLANNING

Parish statistics, profiles, and parish boundary maps are a part of the planning and research services to the bishop, vicars, diocesan offices, and parishes. This office maintains demographic data bases, and provides analyses for short and long-term goal setting as well as the coordination of the diocesan planning committee.

RESPECT LIFE OFFICE

The focus of pro-life is on service, political action, and education in support of all human life from the first moment of conception to the last brain wave of old age. There are many meetings, mailings, and grass roots support groups, which inspire love of the unborn and the aged.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Social Ministries serves as a personal representative of the bishop for matters relating to the Church's efforts to address the communities' social needs in the diocese and on various committees and commissions. This is accomplished through the delivery of professional social services through actions for social justice. Social ministries supervise Catholic Charities, and St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. Accumulated deficits from inadequate and/or decreased governmental funding are being amortized for social ministries that were formerly operated by the Diocese, such as, the Diocesan Nursing Home in Freeport and Martin House in Rockford.

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ST. ELIZABETH CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CENTER

An inner-city ministry existing since the early 900's, St. Elizabeth Center provides many social services to low-income residents of southwest Rockford. Services include operating a soup kitchen, preschool programs, youth recreation, and youth counseling.

TRIBUNAL

A tribunal court is a name given to the persons who exercise the Church's judicial powers. By its very nature, this procedure involves the determination of a legal controversy. A major concern of tribunals is conducting the process leading to the dissolution or annulment of marriages. Decisions are based on Church law. The Tribunal also assists the person in understanding the importance of marriage, and their rights and duties as Christians.

VOCATIONS OFFICE

The Office of Vocations supports the efforts to recruit people who are interested in exploring the call to ordained ministry for the diocese. This office supervises placement of seminarians in parish-based training experiences, prepares men for priesthood, and maintains contact with the seminaries and the candidates.

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES

This office strives to provide evangelization and spiritual formation activities for the youth of the diocese. This is accomplished through regional rallies and retreats for junior high and high school aged youth. The office also continues to support, train, and provide resources to parish youth leaders. The office also sponsors programs such as the National Evangelization Team in various parishes. Also, to better serve diocesan youth, the Diocese built the Holy Family of Nazareth Center at Bishop Lane Retreat House. Half of its principal and interests for construction are being amortized over a 5 year period of time.

For more information about diocesan ministries contact us at:

Office of Stewardship Development Diocese of Rockford P. O. Box 7044 Rockford, IL 625-7044 85-99-400 Stewardship Office Web site: www.stewardshiprockford.org Or Diocesan Web site: www.rockforddiocese.org Or Observer Web site: http://observer.rockforddiocese.org

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STEWARDSHIP DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

The Stewardship Development Office's intent is to promote and infuse the theology of stewardship and the practice of sacrificial giving within the life of the diocese and its parishes. It focuses on assisting parishes with the creation of parish stewardship commissions, and consults with parish leadership about appropriate techniques for soliciting the time, talent, and treasure of its parish membership. Annual appeals are conducted for the diocesan and universal Church which include diocesan stewardship, national, international, and mission combined collections. It also encourages the creation of planned giving instruments by individuals and the establishment of parish endowment accounts with the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford.

Mission Statement

We promote stewardship as a way of life.

Vision Statement

Our people see the value of stewardship as a way of life and no longer give on need but as grateful response being committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Our parish leaders collaborate with us as partners, moving toward the goals of stewardship in a spirit of cooperation and trust for the benefit of all in the Catholic faith community. Peoples' hearts are impacted and experience conversion through God's working in and through our work and witness.

Action Statement

Through long and short-term strategies that call forth the gifts of time, talent, treasure and assets of the members of the Diocese, we further the Mission of the Rockford Catholic Diocese of proclaiming the Reign of God in Word, Sacrament and Service.

Diocese of Rockford, PO Box 7044, Rockford, IL 625 Telephone Number (85) 99-400 - Fax Number (85) 99-5657 Website: www.stewardshiprockford.com

For more information contact us at:

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