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are the Diocesan Ministries?
There are many ways in which the Diocese supports the parishes and local
communities of Northern Illinois. Learn more about these important
Ministries of the
is Diocesan Stewardship?
Each year all members of the Diocese of Rockford are asked to make a pledge
of their time, talent and treasure to support the ministries of the
When does this
The last weekend of April is called Announcement Weekend. At that time
parish leaders present the theme of the appeal and describe the diocesan
The first weekend in May is
called Pledge Weekend. At this time, parish leaders
invite the participation of all members by asking for a financial pledge for
In that week's edition of The Observer, the diocesan newspaper, the Time and Talent sheets will be
presented. Each member of the diocese will have an opportunity to
volunteer for a diocesan ministry.
How is each year's diocesan goal determined?
Each year in January and February, the diocesan budget making process
occurs. Each diocesan office presents their financial needs for the next
fiscal year starting in July 1 of that year and ending June 30 of the
next year. Those budget proposals are reviewed by the Diocesan Director
of Finance and Administration. His recommendations are taken to the
Diocesan Finance Council and to the College of Diocesan Consulters.
These consultative bodies make their recommendations to the Bishop. The
Bishop finalizes the process by making the final decision. The total of
next year's fiscal year budget becomes the goal for Diocesan
Stewardship. The diocesan budget is published in the diocesan newspaper,
The Observer, in an edition that is sent to each registered diocesan
Do the parishes have goals?
Yes, each parish is assigned a mandatory goal for the appeal. This goal
is determined by using a formula based on the parish's Ordinary Income
and other rules developed through diocesan wide consultations that
occurred in 1992 and in 1998. See the
Assessment Policy for details. If the peoples' gifts exceed their parish
goal, the parish receives a 100% of any monies raised over goal. If the
peoples' gifts fall short of the goal, the parish must make up the
difference between the peoples' gifts and the parish goal.
How much is each family asked to contribute?
The Rockford Diocese encourages each family to adopt the modern Catholic
interpretation of the Biblical tithe: 5% of one's time, talent and
treasure is directed to one's parish, 4% to worthy causes, and 1% to
Diocesan Stewardship. If it is not possible to introduce this way of
giving immediately in one's life, then the member is encouraged to adopt
this sacrificial gift giving as an eventual goal, and each year take a
step closer to accomplishing the full tithe. When contributing to
Diocesan Stewardship, members may make a one-time gift or make a pledge
that can be paid over a 10 month period of time or in four quarterly
installments. The Diocese sends reminder mailers to donors making
Would you like to donate to Diocesan
For those wishing to give a gift of
grain to fulfill your pledge, please download the
Charitable Gifts of Grain brochure for instructions.