Now in its 35th year, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal is one of the largest sources of revenue for the Diocese of Lubbock, providing just more than 31 percent of its operating income. Without the DCA the diocese simply would be unable to continue the ministry of Christ.
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What is the Diocesan Catholic Appeal (DCA)?
The Diocesan Catholic Appeal is a fundraising campaign in which each parish is asked to undertake and invite parishioners to support the operational needs of the larger Church of Lubbock. The Diocesan Catholic Appeal impacts the faith lives of families, individuals, and communities throughout the 25 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock. Close to 137,000 self-identified Catholics live and worship in the diocese.
When was the DCA established?
The Diocesan Catholic Appeal traces its roots to 1981 when most of the diocese was part of the Diocese of Amarillo. Then called the United Catholic Appeal (UCA), the campaign replaced a per capita assessment on each parish. When the Diocese of Lubbock was established in 1983, the Diocesan Catholic Appeal was created, taking many best practices from the UCA.
From what other sources does the diocese receive its income and how is it spent?
The remaining income comes from grants from private foundations, donations from individuals and Catholic organizations, investment income and fees paid for workshops, conferences and training materials. The charts below provide a review of the sources of income the diocese receives toward its approximate $5.927 million annual budget and how those sources are spent to build the Body of Christ throughout West Texas.
Our Promise To You!
It is our continuing commitment to you to use all the funds received during the 2018 Appeal to provide these services and meet the needs of the Catholic faithful throughout the 62 parishes of the Diocese of Lubbock.
What amount should I give to the Diocesan Catholic Appeal?
The amount you choose to give to the DCA is a personal decision, made after prayerful discernment. God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents, and abilities which are to be shared responsibly and wisely with others. You are invited to join with other Catholics in the diocese in support of this appeal from your bishop. As we say “Take Lord, Receive,” we say that stewardship is more than performing occasional acts of charity and service. It is a holy way of life, a commitment to giving our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received.