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Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston launches Catholic Sharing Appeal

May 2, 2019

WHEELING, W.Va. — The annual Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, “Sowing the Seeds of Hope,” has launched with a goal of raising $2 million to support the network of Catholic parishes and missions, Catholic schools and the variety of charities aimed at providing for the essential needs of West Virginians across the state.

“The Catholic Sharing Appeal is our way of reaching beyond ourselves and our own parishes to give hope to others through the diversity of our ministries, programs and services and by meeting critical needs in the spirit of Jesus Christ,” said Krissie Benson, director of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Office of Stewardship and Development, in a news release.

The CSA funds nearly 20 programs and ministries throughout the state of West Virginia and represent an integral part of sustaining programs that help those in need, according to Beth Zarate, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities West Virginia.

All contributed funds to the Catholic Sharing Appeal are designated solely for the purpose of sustaining the ministries of the Diocese.

“In light of the recent legal filings against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, we want to make abundantly clear that all funds donated to the Catholic Sharing Appeal will be

(and have been) used only for the goals stated in our Appeal materials and for nothing else,” Zarate said.

A portion of CSA funds is returned to parishes to enable them to address their particular needs. The first 50% of the each parish goal is designated for funding various diocesan ministries. All funds raised over the first 50% are returned to parishes, including every dollar over the total goal. Monies returned to the parishes are used for a wide range of programs — from maintenance and beautification, to PSR classes and community outreach.

The proceeds of last year’s Appeal totaled $3,340,854. Of that amount, $2,370,829 was returned to parishes and missions to support their greatest needs. The remaining $970,025 provided support for school-based health programs, Diocesan mission grants, Catholic Charities West Virginia, youth, young adult and campus ministry, formation and mission throughout the Diocese, tuition assistance for Catholic education and many other Diocesan ministries and programs.

For more information, call 888-434-6237 or 304-233-0880.