Our Joyful Return to the Lord
2021 Archbishop's Annual Appeal
A Message from The Arhcbishop of Atlanta
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I chose the theme of this year’s annual appeal, Our Joyful Return to the Lord, in hopes that you would know the joy of resting in the open arms of Jesus in difficult times, and to encourage you to return to the Lord with your whole selves. It is this continuous conversion and selfless giving that I see vividly present in our north and central Georgia community.
I invite you to read the words of Fr. Miller Gomez Ruiz, Bill Clarke, and Eglee Treber, and consider participating in this year’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Look at the numbers and impact your contribution has in the archdiocese of Atlanta. These examples are just a small snapshot of the important work being done in our local church – only made possible by your generous donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, the main funding source for all of the ministerial, outreach, education, formation and discipleship work of our archdiocese.
Many families, like Jorge & Anali Cisneros, parishioners at St Michael in Gainesville, give to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal with confidence that their gift will have a tangible impact, especially in this time of increased need. Along with their young daughter, they are committed to supporting both their parish and the work of the archdiocese through that annual appeal. In Anali’s own words, “Faith and action go hand in hand. Being a part of the bigger picture makes me proud. My action can reach so many people.”
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful action and support of our community.
With prayerful best wishes, I am
†Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv
Archbishop of Atlanta
Your gift impacts more than 1,000,000 Catholics
92 parishes, 10 missions and 4 pastoral centers enriching over 1,180,000 Catholics, 5,394 students are being served in our 15 archdiocesan elementary schools, 3 archdiocesan high schools and 6 independent Catholic schools. There are 52,146 students in parish religious education programs. 9 college campus ministries for outreach and evangelization to more than 7 million people in north and central Georgia.
Evangelization to more than 7 million people in north and central Georgia.
A Message from Monsignor Dan Stack
I feel like a bookie reporting on horse racing or a sports announcer giving you “stats!”
The Archdiocese as a whole has contributed 73 percent of the goal that the Archbishop set for this year. We, of course, are ahead of that at 80 percent of our goal.
The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is one of the ways the parishes support the Archdiocese. St. Thomas Aquinas has always been generous with the Appeal and has usually gone far beyond our goal. All gifts to the Appeal are exempt from Archdiocesan assessments. We are allowed to use up to $50,000 of the overage for operational expenses. Any overage beyond that will be credited to our parish endowments.
Your gifts to the appeal allow you to help the Archdiocese, to help the Parish in our daily operations, and help the Parish in the future through our endowments.
Monsignor Dan Stack