Diocese of Youngstown Celebrates 20 Years of Bishop’s Appeal
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:48

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SUBJECT         Diocese of Youngstown Celebrates 20 Years of Bishop's Appeal
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Diocese of Youngstown Celebrates 20 Years of Bishop's Appeal

The Diocese of Youngstown will kick-off the 2016 Bishop's Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church with a balloon launch and cupcake celebration on January 26, 2016 at St. Columba Hall, Youngstown. This public event will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. with prayer and brief remarks from Bishop George V. Murry, S. J., and Father John-Michael Lavelle, Director of the Bishop's Appeal. Following comments from Bishop Murry and Father Lavelle, balloons will be released from the steps of St. Columba Cathedral to signify the launch of the 2016 Appeal campaign. Complementary cupcakes will also be available for guests to take upon departure. Guests are also invited to stay for 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Columba Cathedral.

Now in its 20th year, the Annual Bishop's Appeal funds the work of Catholic Charities in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown (Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull Counties). Last year, Catholic Charities provided over 46,000 people with food, clothing, housing and rental assistance, utility assistance, professional case management services, and many other programs to meet local needs. Catholic Charities provides service to all qualifying individuals regardless of their faith.

The Bishop's Appeal also supports a variety of diocesan ministries and programs that promote family life, the formation of youth and young adults, the sanctity of human life, religious education and much more.

For the past several years, the theme for the Bishop's Appeal has remained "changing lives. . . one family at a time." As Pope Francis continually emphasizes the role of the Church in caring for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope in the lives of those struggling with the financial, emotional, social, and spiritual challenges of living in today's world.

"Because so many people in society today feel isolated, hopeless and forgotten, Catholic Charities is there to offer compassion along with tangible assistance to help individuals and families look beyond their present difficulties and plan for a brighter future," states Father Lavelle.

The goal of the 2016 Bishop's Appeal is $4.2 million. The Bishop's Appeal campaign is coordinated by the diocese and implemented in the 87 Catholic parishes located in the six counties.

"The parishioners in the Diocese of Youngstown have been faithful in their support for the Bishop's Appeal, even in the midst of their own financial worries and concerns about the future," Father Lavelle explains. "In spite of these anxious times we live in, those who make a sacrificial gift to the Appeal recognize the blessings in their own lives and want to help those struggling at or below the poverty line."

For more information about the 2016 Bishop's Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church, contact Father John-Michael Lavelle at 330-744-8451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information and an online giving portal is available at www.doy.org.