2018 Catholic Services Appeal Case for Support
The Catholic Services Appeal is the annual invitation to the people of the Archdiocese to partner in the work of the local Church. As one of the three primary sources of funding for the work of the Archdiocese, Catholic Services Appeal gifts play a vital role in helping to fund more than 100 ministries, services, and programs. This is work that brings Christ to others by providing for the spiritual and temporal needs of thousands of individuals and families as well as the parishes and schools within the Archdiocese.
Who benefits from the Appeal
Individuals, families, parishes, and schools benefit from the work of archdiocesan agencies and offices. The following is a snapshot of the work accomplished within the Archdiocese during the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2018.
- Offered more than 100 hours of liturgy formation classes, serving approximately 800 persons, including 19 Communion minister formation sessions, 10 Communion minister update sessions, 12 liturgy formation sessions, two lector formation sessions, two diaconate formation classes, and 16 ministry formation sessions for those being confirmed.
- Trained 46 couples and two parish staff to be part of the Companion Couple program. This new program partners couples who have been married at least 5 years with engaged couples for marriage preparation and support in their first year of marriage.
- Evaluated prison ministry liturgical resources and designed, promoted, and executed a training day for those ministering to prisoners.
- Offered live-streaming access for diaconate and presbyteral ordinations via Facebook live.
- Conducted pro-life presentations and training during Respect Life Month (October) for more than 250 parishioners.
- Referred 650 individuals or couples for counseling services per requests from parishes, court system, community mental health system, and other sources.
- Received 179 marriage cases and completed decisions in 123 cases.
- Provided 300 free ornaments during Christmas for the “Tree of Remembrance” at Catholic Cemeteries and gave away 800 free roses on Mother’s Day for families to place on graves.
- Coordinated hospital visitation of more than 1,500 hours with 45 hours of hospital team supervision.
- Held marriage preparation classes or retreats for 326 couples and marriage enrichment opportunities for more than 75 couples.
- Held “Pro-Life Field Trips” for more than 100 high school students from four schools to visit pro-life ministries to learn how they all work together to uphold the dignity of life.
- Held 44 safe environment training workshops for 3,133 staff and volunteers who work with children or youth.
- Performed 780 burials and assisted approximately 600 families with burial and memorial needs.
- Attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with 300 adults and students.
- Prepared and executed more than 30 major diocesan liturgies, including rehearsals with musicians and ministers, for events such as the Catholic Women’s Conference, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chrism Mass, Presbyteral Assembly, and Anniversary Masses.
- Celebrated anniversaries of five to more than 60 years of marriage for 164 couples.
- Conducted a parish discernment process for 70 parishes in three waves. The process was based upon the Archbishop’s pastoral letter Your Parish: The Body of Christ Alive in Our Midst.
- Welcomed 501 new members who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil or at other times of the year.
- Facilitated the Catholic Women’s Conference for 450 women, with keynotes from Catholic recording artist and speaker Sarah Hart and Sister Eva Marie Lumas, S.S., Interim Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.
- Held an Archdiocesan Leadership Institute for 120 pastoral leaders on the topic of self-care in ministry.
- Coordinated the preparation and electronic mailing of The Catholic Connection, a monthly electronic newsletter sent to more than 16,000 households.
- Provided leadership development and parish council training for nine parishes and held six workshops and classes on the professional development of leaders.
- Produced ninth season of eight programs of Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz. Conversations is offered in a variety of formats, including on-line streaming, podcasts, and YouTube, on cable television Channel 19, and on WLCR 1040 AM.
- Hosted the fourth archdiocesan Black Catholic Congress for 400 participants. His Eminence Peter Kodwo Cardinal Turkson was the keynote speaker.
- Completed preparation for the V National Encuentro. More than 300 individuals from 12 parishes participated in a process of reflection, consultation, and missionary activity at the parish level and diocesan levels during the past two years. The Archdiocese also worked with the other 17 dioceses in Region 5 to prepare for the Regional and the National Encuentro.
- Launched a new senior program at the Catholic Enrichment Center to emphasize the vitality, ability, and value of the senior population. More than 30 seniors gather weekly to address their needs for connection, engagement, and support.
- Increased participation of the African Catholic community in efforts such as the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir, the honoring of Our Lady of Kibeho at the Black Catholic Congress, and workshops offered in the native language of Kinyarwanda.
- Worked with the Office of Priest Personnel to welcome the first priest from the Philippines to serve the Filipino community.
- Prepared a manual to guide the celebration of Quinceaneras in parishes.
- Held a Lent retreat for 69 Hispanic teens from in response to the V Encuentro process.
- Created a special section of the archdiocesan website on Hispanic ministry.
- Conducted the 16th Camp Africa Inspire Program (CAIP) for 52 participants. Camp Africa provides an array of enrichment opportunities for youth in West Louisville in the areas of math, science, history, foreign language, book club, public speaking, sewing, theatre, external field trips, and more.
- Served the community with more than 38,500 interactions with individuals through a wide variety of intergenerational programming at the Catholic Enrichment Center.
- Provided life skills training at the Catholic Enrichment Center for 650 families and individuals on topics such as parenting, budget and credit, educational and career counseling, and nutritional counseling.
- Served seniors at the Catholic Enrichment Center through the Dare to Care Senior Commodity Program, through which those 60 and over can receive monthly packages of non-perishable food.
- Ordained five men to the diocesan priesthood and three men to the transitional diaconate.
- Presented talks about vocations to approximately 2,700 students at 22 schools and parishes.
- Welcomed five new candidates to diocesan priesthood formation, making the total number of seminarians 15.
- Provided formation for 19 permanent diaconate candidates in the Class of 2020.
- Held Jubilarian Mass for 47 religious men and women who were honored on the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.
- Participated in and facilitated the participation of seminarians in numerous retreats for youth and young adults and archdiocesan conferences.
Formation and Education
- Organized and conducted the attendance of 500 youth and adult leaders, the highest number ever, to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.
- Held 37 faith formation offerings, including retreats, institutes, adult formation, RCIA sessions, scripture studies, sacramental parent meetings, seminars, and other formation events for more than 900 participants.
- Worked with The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to bring four missionaries to the University of Louisville community this fall. These missionaries come to bring the life of Holy Scripture and Catholic tradition to the lives of the students. They involve themselves in every aspect of university campus life: sports, academic discussions, prayer, sacramental life, and social activities.
- Offered 146 catechist certification classes for 546 Catholic schoolteachers, parish catechists, and other parish ministers.
- Introduced Formed.org to University of Louisville Catholic campus ministry. This online program offers lectures, movies, books, and discussions of current topics from the perspective of the Catholic Church. Every member of the University Community can register and take advantage of the resources free of charge.
- Recognized 34 catechists for completion of associate level catechist certification, 13 for advanced level, and 10 for master level.
- Collaborated with Jefferson County Public Schools on a Youth Mental Health Aid Workshop, which trains adults who work closely with youth on being “first responders” to youth in need of mental health care.
- Held RCIA Team Day for 38 participants.
- Held Confirmation workshop for more than 40 youth ministers, parish catechetical leaders and religion teachers who will be preparing youth people for the sacrament of Confirmation.
- Held TEC retreat #12 (Together Encountering Christ) retreat for 60 young adults and team members.
- Celebrated recognition of two Catholic elementary schools—Holy Trinity School and Saint Joseph School—as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
- Organized a group of 26 students and staff through the University of Louisville’s campus ministry to spend Spring Break working with Habitat for Humanity.
- Convened an advisory board of 45 high school students to provide a “voice of youth” for our Youth Office staff.
- Offered week-long Christian leadership program for 36 youth that sends them back to high schools and parishes with enhanced leadership skills, including planning and decision-making; small group facilitation, group dynamics; conflict resolution, and exposure to multiple ways of engaging in Catholic prayer.
- Sponsored ACCOMMODATE night for over 200 parents of juniors and seniors exploring colleges and universities with programs for students with special needs.
- Offered spiritual formation and Christian community through Faith Clubs for those with developmental disabilities to 75 individuals from 26 parishes.
- Provided Mass and dinner for 150-200 University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff and offered daily Mass on campus five days per week in addition to weekday Holy Hour
- Responded to 924 calls for intake and referral services.
- Held 107 school and community presentations on various issues of Catholic social teaching and Catholic Charities ministries.
- Served 529 refugees and arranged 465 job placements at an average starting wage of $11 per hour.
- Assisted 67 individuals who were victims of human trafficking and held 77 human trafficking prevention trainings for 2,010 individuals.
- Provided caseworkers who worked with 155 clients at Bologna Alley (Cathedral of the Assumption daily lunch program) to assist those who are homeless to obtain personal identification, which allows them to access social service benefits.
- Graduated 11 individuals from the Common Table culinary arts training program, a social enterprise activity designed to provide training in the culinary arts for refugees, former inmates, and other Louisville residents who are in need of job assistance. This program also provided catering services for 177 events.
- Provided 8,373 individuals with emergency assistance for rent, utilities, food, clothing, personal and household items, and prescriptions.
- Sponsored “Back to School Fairs” at the Catholic Enrichment Center in West Louisville and in Springfield, KY, which served more than 575 families.
- Provided immigration legal services in 1,397 cases.
- Provided 170 mothers and fathers-to-be with education, information and counseling, baby items, and referral to community agencies and held 77 Mother-Infant Care classes.
- Provided translation and other services in 36 languages to 166 participants through the Language Services Program.
- Held seven refugee simulations that provide parish and school participants with insight into the challenges faced by millions of refugees worldwide.
- Provided transportation to 30 homebound seniors for 212 medical appointments and visited 104 long-term care facilities to deal with 356 cases.