SAMPLE PASTOR ENDORSEMENT LETTERS
SAMPLE LETTER #1
Dear Parishioner –
You recently received a letter from Bishop Finn asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to
the 2009/2010 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, an important diocesan fundraising initiative that
benefits people in every corner of our diocese
Just as our ministries here at home in our own parish are extremely important , it is important
for every parishioner to participate in the BAA, after all, we all benefit from the services the
BAA provides, most of which we could not facilitate at the parish level. Some of those
ministries include the education and recruitment of seminarians, our future diocesan priests,
the training of our parish ministry leaders and the formation of our youth.
Together, we will make our gifts to this Appeal as one parish family in support of the needs
that are so prevalent in our world today. We are a people of faith, hope and charity and I
thank you for your generous support of this important endeavor. Please help our parish reach
our Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal of $____________.
Please consider making a pledge that can be paid in ten monthly payments. This way you will
be able to make a more generous gift. The Stewardship and Development Office will send
you a reminder every month.
Please join me, along with Bishop Finn, in praying for the success of the Bishop’s Annual
Appeal. May God bless you for your support of our parish and our Diocese.
Sincerely Yours In Christ,
SAMPLE LETTER #2
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am writing personally to ask you to help bring a successful conclusion to the Bishop’s Annual
Appeal that began in November. Since that time you have been receiving information about the
many agencies and ministries that are funded by the BAA and how much your pledge is needed
for this year’s appeal.
At present we have received $ (pledge total to date) in pledges toward our target of $__________.
Your gift will assist us in reaching this request, and 50% of all gifts received above that amount
will be shared with our parish for ______________.
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal serves many people in ways that we, as an individual parish, could
not do. Social service ministries provide counseling and general assistance to thousands of people
in our diocese each year. The Hispanic Ministry Office work to assist families adjusting to their
faith life in a new community. Catholics continue learning about their faith at all ages, religious
education for both youth and adults provide continuity in our lifelong pursuit of a closer
relationship with God.
Please consider making a pledge in support of this effort. Your gift is important!
Sincerely in Christ,
SAMPLE LETTER #3
Dear Friends in Christ,
You have already received a letter from Bishop Finn asking for your pledge to the Bishop’s
Annual Appeal. I am writing to follow up on that request. If you have not yet made your
pledge, will you take a few minutes to do so after reading this letter?
It is true that we have many needs right here at ___________ (parish). But somehow, God
continues to bring us good and generous people and our needs are always met. I ask that
same caring generosity that you have shown here, be extended to our brothers and sister in
the larger diocesan church.
Our goal this year is $____________. If each one of us were to give a percentage of our
income, we would far exceed that goal. Please reflect upon the ways you have been touched
by Christ in your own life, and an appropriate gift of gratitude.
I am grateful to you for all you do for our parish, and ask God’s continued blessings on you
and your loved ones.
Sincerely yours in Christ,