FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL?
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) is a yearly appeal in the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. It was launched in 1984; Bishop Mahoney saw the great need for ministry and other supports to the parishes of the diocese, and to have more lay members of our parishes and in our diocese take on more leadership and support. The BAA has over the years also simplified giving and invited Catholics to work together to serve those in need in the parish, community, Canada, and abroad. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal shows Catholics and those around us that we are all one Church, acting together to advance and assist the Mission given to us by Jesus Christ.
Why do we need an annual appeal? Don’t we already give to the Diocese through our parish sharing? (Cathedraticum)
Catholics are depended upon and obligated to “assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his or her ability” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2043). That is why every parish has a regular collection during Sunday Mass, a portion of which goes to support the Pastoral and Administration Office of the Local Church (Diocese). At both the parish and diocesan levels, these funds pay for salaries, facilities, contracted services and other material needs of the Church. However, the funds only cover a portion of the services of the Diocese. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a unique and important opportunity for all Catholics in the Diocese of Saskatoon to work together to support our fellow workers in the vineyard by giving generously and joyfully to Catholic causes outside the immediate needs of our parishes and Pastoral Office. As St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the churches in Macedonia and Achaia: I can guarantee that they were willing to give to the limit of their means, yes and beyond their means, without the slightest urging from me or anyone else. In fact, they simply begged us to accept their gifts and so let them share the honour of supporting their brothers and sisters in Christ. (2 Cor 8:2-4)
How were the Parish goals determined?
Parish Targets were determined by looking at parish giving over the previous five years and then calculating a 5-year average for each parish. We also average the number of members and apply it to the goal. In 2019 the assessment for rural parishes was further reduced, as the urban parishes agreed to increase their assessment given the unique challenges faced by rural parishes. This year we have decreased our goal by adjusting some hard costs at the Diocese.
Did we hit our goal in the 2021 “God is Good” Appeal?
We did not hit our goal in 2021, missing the target by $267,830. However, we have raised $354,523 for the Catholic TRC healing response, which was later called the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund by the CCCB.
What is the 2022 BAA, “Serving Others” goal?
The campaign goal for 2022 is $1.4 million.
How were 2022 Parish targets determined?
Parish targets have been adjusted to reflect the lower overall Appeal goal and other factors, including the growth and/or decrease facing our parishes.
What if my parish exceeds its target?
Any parish that exceeds its target will receive 100% of excess funds back as a Parish Share rebate if 90% of parishes meet their goal. We will only rebate back 86% of the excess if we don’t make the projected participation goal of 90%. But Parish Share is much more than a rebate cheque. It is an opportunity for your parish to raise money for its own building fund, charitable giving, or other important initiatives for parishioners – and to do it without running a separate fundraising campaigns. Parishes in the past have also given some or all of their rebate to the BAA, which was then allocated to our beneficiaries. Contact the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation to direct your funds.
How will funds raised by SERVING OTHERS Campaign be allocated in 2022:
Will any funds raised in the “Serving Others” Appeal go to the CCCB Indigenous Healing and Reconciliation Fund?
As part of a national effort announced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Bishops of Canada have made a $30-million collective financial commitment to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and their communities. Fund development for the Indigenous Healing and Reconciliation Fund in the Diocese of Saskatoon will be completely separate from the BAA, “Serving Others.” Funds raised by the BAA Appeal will not be allocated to the Indigenous Healing and Reconciliation Fund. The Diocese of Saskatoon will undertake initiatives to provide funds that support local programs and initiatives focused on three pillars: education, linguistic and cultural preservation, and family support. Bishop Mark encourages all Catholics in the Diocese to discern how they might support this tangible expression of our commitment to the Indigenous Peoples on the long road towards healing and reconciliation. The Finance Council of the Diocese of Saskatoon is also committed to contributing – as much as 25% of the goal if possible.
What is the administration cost for the BAA?
The administrative cost is 5%; this includes banking, processing and receipting. The “hard costs” of producing items like the donation envelopes, information resources, and tracking posters for over 90 parishes, staffing, computer software, webpage, videos, bulletin, and financial reporting is 9%. Administrative costs are well below typical administrative costs for Canadian non-profit organizations and charitable appeals (~10-12%); this does not include their hard costs for running campaigns.
Will we have a special Collection for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund?
Yes, we will have two special collections, one in mid-December and one during the second week of Lent, pending approval.