Gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal will be used only for programs, services and ministries listed here. Click here to view a graphic representation of the ACA's fund distribution.
Gives us the opportunity to share our Catholic heritage, values and traditions with our young people, college students and adults of our diocese through Catholic Formation Programs. This includes Catholic formation resources, parish/school child and youth formation, Legendary Lodge, lay ministry formation, Carroll College campus ministry, Carroll College scholarships, and campus ministry on campuses in Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Dillon.
Builds on the Catholic tradition of Social Outreach and helps meet the needs of people in the Diocese of Helena working in the area of peace and justice. Programs include Catholic Social Services of Montana, Project Rachel, Protecting God’s Children, Family Life and Ministry, Montana Catholic Conference, Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and ecumenical programs in Montana.
Demonstrates that we are a family of God as we provide for the medical care, education, training, and retirement of our priests. Vocations, Formation and Priests’ Assistance includes priests’ retirement fund, emergency assistance to priests, promoting vocation awareness, permanent diaconate formation, seminarian education and priests’ continuing formation.
Provides for Pastoral Outreach through retreat opportunities, renewal and small group ministries, liturgies, special ministries and family enrichment as we reach out to each other and work to evangelize ourselves to become a light for the world. Programs include the Diocesan Pastoral Office, Pastoral Planning, Diocesan Liturgy Office, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Native American and Hispanic ministries, De La Salle Blackfeet Middle School, Parish Assistance, Cursillo and Charismatic Renewal, The New Evangelization and Rural Life.
Covers cost to communicate with the people of the diocese and share diocesan and essential world church news through The Montana Catholic, the diocesan websites at www.diocesehelena.org, www.legendarylodge.com, wwwdohyouth.org, radio programming and more. Besides Diocesan communication, Media Communications programs also include parish telecommunications and technology and national Catholic broadcast communications.
Historical Church Needs - 3.5¢
Preserves our Catholic heritage as a sign of our unity and solidarity as the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Helena. Historical Church Needs include preservation of St. Helena Cathedral, preservation of historic St. Mary's Mission in Stevensville and Catholic cemetery endowments.
Consultative Councils to the Bishop - .5¢
Provides for the expenses incurred by those from within the diocese who act as consultants to the Bishop. The College of Consultors, Priests’ Council, Deacon’s Council, Diocesan Pastoral Council, Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Development Council and the Assembly of Women Religious are all Consultative Councils to the Bishop.
Provides for the poor, the hungry and the unborn and expresses personally our dedication to the Church through our Diocesan Tithing. Programs include Aid to the Needy, Supportive Aid to Birthmothers and Guatemala Missions.
World Wide Church Needs - 2.5¢
Responds to the call to support charitable and missionary programs around the world. Some of the World Wide Church Needs supported are the Vatican apostolic ministries, Catholic Missions in the Holy Land, Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and National Religious Retirement Fund. Benefits are also paid to the orders of sisters and brothers working in our diocese.
Campaign Expenses - 3¢
Covers the Campaign Expenses of the ACA 2010 effort.