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									Year of St. Paul                                                          Our Ministries, Our Calling




                         2009 Progress Leadership Manual




                               Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso
                                     499 Saint Matthews Street
                                           El Paso, Texas
                                          (915) 872-8412
                                        Fax (915) 872-8411
                               Email: foundation@elpasodiocese.org
                             Website: www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org



                                            Janine Young
                                     Progress and Grants Director




         “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   1
                                               Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                                                Our Ministries, Our Calling

                                                    Table of Contents
Section I - Introduction
       Letter from Bishop Ochoa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              3
       Prayer for the Progress Annual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     4
       Message from the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             5
       Mission Statement of the Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   5
       Stewardship and the Progress Annual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          6
       Progress Goals and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               7
       History of the Progress Annual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   7

Section II - Diocesan Ministries in Action
       Description of Diocesan Ministries Receiving Progress Support . . . . . .                                   8
       Allocation of Progress Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            10

Section III – Progress 2009: Conducting the Campaign
       What’s New This Year? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           11
                Goal and Parish Share
                Jubilee Year of St. Paul
                Matching Gift Program
                Small Business Gift Program
                Young Parishioners Campaign
       Establishing a Parish Fund Raising Target for the Progress Appeal . . . . .                                 12
       Calendar of Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    13
       The Ten Commandments of a Successful Annual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                17
       Roles of Key People and Parish Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   19
       Announcement Weekend and Preparation Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             21
       Commitment Weekend Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 21
       Processing of Pledges and Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              22
       Follow Up Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      23
       List of Campaign Material . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         24
       Administrative Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      24

Section IV – Support Material
       Use of Support Material and the CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              25
       Guidelines to Tithing and Suggested Gift Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    26
       Donor Bill of Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    28
       Questions You May Encounter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               29
       Scriptural References to Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           31
       Talking Points for Pastors and Lay Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  33
       Sample Homily for Pastors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         36
       In-Pew Leader’s Script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      37
       Prayers of the Faithful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     39
       Bulletin Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          40
       Pastors’ Letters to Parishioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          45
       Telephone Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   49

               “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”                2
                                                     Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Introduction
                                       Letter from Bishop Ochoa



January 19, 2009



My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

        Catholics throughout the world are celebrating the Jubilee Year of St. Pa ul initiated by the Holy
Father this year to invite us to reflect upon and learn from the life and teachings of St. Paul the
Apostle. Widely known for his letters, St. Paul was one of the first evangelists who encouraged us to
live a “Christ-centered” life.

        In celebration of the Jubilee Year, I have chosen a scriptural passage from St. Paul’s letter to
the Romans, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them”
as the theme for the 2009 Progress Annual Appeal.

        I invite you to participate in the 2009 Progress Appeal both through a commitment to prayer
and a Progress contribution to support the 17 ministries of the Diocese of El Paso. The goal for this
year’s campaign is $2,100,000 based on the increasing needs o f our ministries as they serve our
Catholic community in charity, generosity, and peace.

       While there is much that St. Paul’s life can teach us, above all he shows us how to be good
stewards of God’s grace. Please join me in answering St. Paul’s call by supporting the 2009 Progress
Appeal through a generous and grateful pledge today. May we all seek to live in Christ’s example and
may God bless you and your family during this Jubilee Year of St. Paul.

Sincerely yours in Christ,




Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Bishop of El Paso


p.s. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of a gift to the Progress Appeal as we celebrate the
life of St. Paul and are reminded of Our Ministries, Our Calling.




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”     3
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                           Our Ministries, Our Calling

Introduction
                          Prayer for the 2009 Progress Annual Appeal


                                               Gracious God,

                                             You sent us St.Paul
                                           to preach the Gospel,
                                             inspire us in faith,
                                           and show us the way
                                            to be good stewards
                                               of Your grace.

                                            In our time together
                                             show us how to be
                                           fervent ambassadors
                                            of Christ, Your Son.

                                          Grant us the wisdom
                                            to recognize that
                                     through the gift of the Eucharist
                                           there is one bread
                                          and we are one body.

                                            Give us the courage
                                        to proclaim the Good News
                                             in word and deed.

                                       And in the spirit of St. Paul
                                             teach us to live,
                                        no longer for ourselves,
                                            but in Christ Jesus
                                      who lives and reigns with You
                                           and the Holy Spirit,
                                       one God forever and ever.

                                                    Amen.

Provided by the International Catholic Stewardship Council




          “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   4
                                                Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                                    Our Ministries, Our Calling

Introduction
                                           Message from the Director
Date:             January 19, 2009

To:               Pastors, Parish Administrators, Parish Progress Leaders, and Campaign Secretaries

From:             Janine Young, Progress and Grants Director

Subject:          2009 Progress Appeal

Thanks to your Stewardship and hard work the results of the 2008 Progress Appeal were excellent.
We broke a record by receiving more than $2,230,000 in pledges and expect to surpass $1,900,000 in
collections. We look forward to continued success this year and in the years to come. This manual is
designed to provide basic guidance to assist you with the appeal process. We welcome the opportunity
to answer any questions or provide you with specific assistance. We also welcome your feedback on
the annual appeal and any suggestions to improve our service to you and to the wider diocesan family.

Every year the Progress Annual Appeal is an important effort in the diocese. Since its inception in
1983, millions of dollars have been raised to support the work of the Church in the Diocese of El Paso.
Fundraising surveys show that the number one reason why people do not contribute to a particular
cause is that they were not asked. Our challenge this year, like every year, will be to ask each and
every family in the diocese to participate in this important appeal. The process presented in this
manual is designed so that every member of the diocese is asked to make a gift to Progress.

We ask for your help to instill in the hearts of Catholics in the Diocese of El Paso a true sense of
Stewardship and recognition that their family of faith extends beyond parish boundaries. We thank
you for your leadership in this year’s Progress Campaign as we answer Our Ministries, Our Calling.

Tracy Yellen                                 Janine Young                                  Martha Marmolejo
Chief Operating Officer                      Progress and Grants Director                  Progress Assistant
tyellen@elpasodiocese.org                    jyoung@elpasodiocese.org                      mmarmo lejo@elpasodiocese.org

Lydia Esquivel                               Mary Lou Vasquez                              Norma Mendoza
Accounts Receivable                          Accounts Receivable                           Admin istrative Assistant
lesquivel@elpasodiocese.org                  mvasquez@elpasodiocese.org                    nmendoza@elpasodiocese.org

Belen Gonzalez
Grants Assistant
bgonzalez@elpasodiocese.org

                                        Foundation Office Phone (915) 872-8412
                                         Foundation Office Fax (915) 872-8411
                                  Foundation Website www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org
                                    Foundation Email: foundation@elpasodiocese.org

                                           Mission Statement of the Foundation

The mission of the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, Inc. is to foster Stewardship as a way of life by generating
resources of time, talent, and treasure for diocesan ministries, parishes and schools.
             “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”                 5
                                                   Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Introduction
                          Stewardship and the Progress Annual Appeal
         The Progress Annual Appeal, above all else, is based on the concept of Christian Stewardship.
Stewardship is centered on the daily recognition that we are not the absolute owners of ourselves, our
time, our talents or material goods. As St. Paul teaches us, we have received every gift of nature and
grace from God. Through Baptism we are called to use our time, talent and treasure in a responsible
manner for our families, our parish communities, the pastoral ministries of the diocese, and for the
global ministries of the universal Church. Stewardship is not about just giving in order to fill a need.
It is about living a life that shows gratitude to our Lord for our lives, our skills, and our resources.

                                             Stewardship is…
                                     Receiving God’s Gifts Gratefully
                                     Nurturing God’s Gifts Responsibly
                                         Sharing God’s Gifts Justly
                                     Returning God’s Gifts Abundantly

        St. Paul calls on us to live our faith, not just to live our lives. Stewardship is the means through
which we can live our faith and thereby find salvation through God’s grace. Prayer is therefore central
to Stewardship. Stewardship demands a vision of seeing (and then acting) as Jesus did. Stewardship is
living our Christ’s instruction to “love one another as I have loved you.” Stewardship pleases God
because the good steward is careful of creation, is respectful of justice and charity, and is prayerful at
all times.

                                   Stewardship is all inclusive!
  Stewardship of our communities, our Church, our bodies, our emotions, our minds, our souls, our
           families, the environment, the arts, the globe, technology, money, history, etc.

       This year’s scriptural passage for the Progress Appeal is from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans,
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them. This passage
was chosen because it reflects Stewardship’s calling that we share our gifts for the glory of God.

        The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is here to help each parish implement Stewardship
throughout the year. Please contact us at any time for information, material resources, and assistance.
And please stress to your parishioners that their gift to the Progress Annual Appeal is a reflection of
Christian Stewardship and part of your parish’s Stewardship Program.




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”     6
                                                 Romans 12:6
        Year of St. Paul                                                                     Our Ministries, Our Calling

        Introduction
                                                  Progress Goals and Objectives

            Give every registered Catholic family the opportunity to support the Church through a Progress
             gift.
            Meet the Progress Annual Appeal goal in commitments during the period January 1 through June
             30.
            Increase the number of donors in each parish by at least 10 percent each year.
            Increase the number of major donors, those contributing at least $500, by 10 percent each year.
            Increase the average gift in each parish by at least 10 percent each year.
            Increase gift redemption to 95 percent by 2012.

                                            History of the Progress Annual Appeal
        The Progress Annual Appeal was started in the Diocese of El Paso by Bishop Peña in 1983 as the
        Bishop’s Annual Appeal. In 2001, the Progress Annual Appeal became part of the Foundation for the
        Diocese of El Paso, Inc. which was created to promote Stewardship and raise endowment funds for the
        long-term needs of the diocese.



                                                                                         Percent of                   Numbe r of
            Pe rcent                                           Percent of   Number of                    Amount
                                     Pledges      Amount                                 Registered                   Ministries    Parish
Ye ar       Basis of      Goal                                  Pledges      Pledges                    Awarded to
                                     Received     Collected                               Families                    Receiving     Share
             Goal                                                Paid         Paid                       Ministries
                                                                                        Participating                  Funding



 1999        6-28       $1,671,535   $2,050,096   $1,729,703      84         13,191          25          $988,656        21         $358,865
 2000        7-29       $1,700,765   $2,029,552   $1,800,150      89         13,136          25          $948,215        20         $397,476
 2001        6-28       $1,754,710   $2,217,422   $1,899,586      86         13,961          27          $927,000        21         $436,087
 2002        4-23       $1,754,710   $2,023,041   $1,758,277      87         12,114          24         $1,000,000       19         $283,838
 2003         22        $2,242,900   $2,004,558   $1,751,419      87         12,265          23         $1,000,000       17         $244,105
 2004         23        $2,388,690   $2,118,944   $1,810,549      85         13,061          24          $725,000        17         $244,936
 2005         23        $2,480,560   $1,994,420   $1,708,589      86         12,107          23          $850,000        15         $166,740
 2006         23        $2,578,793   $2,122,248   $1,776,549      84         11,958          23          $900,000        16         $177,517
 2007         23        $2,648,713   $1,884,774   $1,625,334      86         10,125          21         $1,000,000       17         $125,450
2008*        16.4       $2,000,000   $2,230,100   $1,795,916      80         11,100          24         $1,100,000       17        $117,020*




             *Figures for 2008 are as of December 31, 2008




                       “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”                 7
                                                             Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Diocesan Ministries in Action
              Description of Diocesan Ministries Receiving Progress Support


                            Seminarian Recruitment and Formation
 Ministries that fall in this category include those charged with recruiting and training the seminarians
                                         for the Diocese of El Paso.

Major Seminarians Office

Oversees the formation of the major seminarians preparing for priestly and consecrated service to the
Church and who currently attend seminaries in Houston and San Antonio

St. Charles Seminary

Provides spiritual, academic, and pastoral formation for college students studying to become priests at
our diocesan house of priestly formation

Vocations Ministry

Assists those preparing for priestly and consecrated service to this local Church and addresses the
increasing need for diocesan priests and religious vocations by sponsoring programs throughout the
diocese that foster and nurture vocations



                               Education, Formation and Worship
 These ministries include those that oversee our 12 Catholic schools, train deacons, provide support to
                         parish catechetical programs, and train lay ministers

Office of Education

Oversees the 12 Catholic schools in El Paso with more than 4,700 students and 300 teachers

Permanent Diaconate Office

Serves the diocese in the selection and formation of candidates and the ongoing supervision of
ordained deacons

Religious Formation Ministry

Oversees catechetical programs within the 55 parishes by providing training, curriculum, and
certification for parish catechists as well as implementing backgrounds checks for adults working with
children in formation


           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”      8
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Tepeyac Institute

Provides for the religious formation of more than 2,000 laity each year and certifies parish ministers for
service in their churches

Office of Worship

Plans diocesan liturgies, assists the Bishop in implementing diocesan policies regarding worship, and
serves as a resource to parishes and parish liturgy committees concerning all liturgical matters



                            Outreach, Advocacy, and Evangelization
       These ministries provide human services programs, outreach to the diocesan community,
                       evangelization, and advocacy on behalf of those in need

Catholic Campus Ministry

Serves the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Texas at El Paso and at Sul Ross State
University in Alpine in their lifelong journeys for deeper faith

Catholic Counseling Services, Inc.

Provides assistance to the poor and troubled in the Diocese of El Paso through professional counseling
programs offered on a sliding-scale basis

Communications Office

Publishes the Rio Grande Catholic on a monthly basis which goes out to more than 30,000 Catholic
families and provides information on diocesan activities to approximately 40 newspapers, radio
stations, and television stations throughout the 10 counties of the diocese

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc.

Offers free or low-cost legal services to eligible foreign-born individuals who wish to immigrate to or
become citizens of the United States and engages in public advocacy, training, and community
outreach to advance the fair treatment and protect the rights of immigrants and refugees

Family Life Ministry

Conducts numerous diocesan-wide programs that strengthen and support families including the
FOCCUS Program, Sponsor Couples, and Natural Family Planning and provides training and
resources for parish ministers dealing with current family issues




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”       9
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Peace and Justice Ministry

Promotes Catholic social teaching and fosters the social mission of the Church by serving as a resource
to parishes to develop and maintain parish efforts which link direct service, advocacy, action and
empowerment toward concerns of local, national, and global justice

Tigua Native American Ministry

Serves the Tigua Indians at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church through preparation for religious
events and the formation of lay ministers

West Texas Ministry

Serves the nine-county rural area of the diocese through youth, evangelization, and religious formation
programs for rural parishes

Youth Ministry

Provides training and formation opportunities for youth and adults in ministry with young people and
conducts programs and activities mean to integrate youth into the life, mission, and work of the Church

Diocesan Ministries in Action
                                      Allocations of Progress Funds
                                         Fiscal Year 2008-2009




                                                                     Seminarian
                                                                    Formation &
                                                                    Recruitment,
                                                                      $230,346

                      Outreach,
                     Advocacy &
                    Evangelization,
                       $548,937                                          Education,
                                                                        Formation &
                                                                          Worship,
                                                                          $320,717




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   10
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                                         What’s New this Year?
Goal and Parish Share

On December 5, 2008, the Foundation Board of Directors adopted the following policies for the
Progress 2009 Appeal.

Campaign Goal                           $2,100,000
Basis of Goal                           Diocesan Ministry Needs
Parish Goals                            Apportioned by Sunday and Holy Day Collections (16.3%)

Parish Share                            Parishes will receive 50% of all funds collected over 100% of
                                        individual parish goal

                                        Parish rebate checks will be distributed in January 2010

Jubilee Year of St. Paul

In order to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of St. Paul, the Church has designated
June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009 as “The Year of St. Paul.” This year’s scriptural passage, which is
from St. Paul’s letters to the Romans, emphasizes the need for parishioners to discern the gifts they
have received from God and their responsibility to use these gifts in service.

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them. (Romans 12:6)

Matching Gift Program

Again this year, we will promote a matching gift program for those donors whose employers match
their charitable donations. Please let your parishioners know to contact the Foundation office if they
are employed by a company that matches employee charitable donations.

Small Business Gift Program

In the fall of 2009, we will conduct a separate phase of the Progress Annual Appeal that solicits
donations from local companies that do business with the Foundation, diocese, schools, and parishes.

Young Parishioners Campaign

Beginning in the summer, we will conduct a separate phase of the Progress Annual Appeal to solicit
gifts from youth, young adults, and young families through Catholic Campus Ministry, Catholic high
schools, Youth Ministry, and parish formation programs.




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   11
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                             Our Ministries, Our Calling

Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
          Establishing a Parish Fund Raising Target for the 2009 Progress Appeal

The fund raising objectives of the Progress Annual Appeal are twofold. In addition to providing diocesan
support through assigned goals, the share program gives parishes an ideal opportunity to raise funds for
local parish needs.

A clear and concise “case statement” of two or three sentences is necessary for a successful parish share
campaign. This case statement defines for your parishioners the specific need or project for which the
Progress Annual Appeal rebate will be used. Parish needs can include debt reduction, capital expansion,
renovation, equipment purchase, operational funding, parish endowment, establishing or expanding
pastoral programs, or charitable work. You should communicate your case statement through your church
bulletin and let the Progress Office know your case statement so we can incorporate it into our a ppeals to
your parishioners.

The costs associated with the case statement become the parish share target. The total of both the assigned
diocesan goal and twice the parish target then become the Progress fund raising target for your church. For
example, if your assigned parish goal is $70,000 and you want to raise $10,000 for your religious education
program, then your parish needs to raise $70,000 + $20,000 = $90,000 through the Progress 200 9 Appeal
(since you will receive back half of all funds collected over goal).

Please contact the Foundation Office if you would like assistance in formulating your parish case
statement. Please complete and return the form below to:

                                     Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso
                                           499 Saint Matthews St.
                                            El Paso, Texas 79907
                                          or fax to (915) 872-8411


Case Statement for
                       Name of Parish/Mission

Purpose for which Parish Share will be used




                       CALCULATION OF PROGRESS FUND RAISING TARGET

Progress Goal Assigned by the Diocese     $

Parish Share Goal                         $

Progress Fund Raising Target             $
                                        (Progress Goal + twice the Parish Share Goal)
           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”    12
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                          Our Ministries, Our Calling

Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                                        Calendar of Activities


September 2008                                      2nd
                                                    Survey of 2008 Campaign sent to all pastors,
                                                    parish administrators, Progress leaders,
                                                    secretaries

                                                    22nd
                                                    Progress Committee Meeting to make
                                                    recommendations concerning the scriptural
                                                    theme, goals, parish share
October 2008                                        12th - 15th
                                                    International Catholic Stewardship Conference
                                                    in Chicago
November 2008                                       4th
                                                    Bulletin inserts sent to all parishes with a list of
                                                    Progress 2008 donors as part of National
                                                    Stewardship Month

                                                    17th
                                                    Thank-you holiday mailing to $500+ donors
                                                    and parishes, schools, ministries

                                                    18th – 20th
                                                    Thanksgiving Mission in each vicariate
December 2008                                       5th
                                                    Board Meeting to establish 2009 goals, parish
                                                    share, campaign theme, materials

                                                    8th
                                                    Letter from Bishop Ochoa to pastors/parish
                                                    administrators announcing the upcoming
                                                    Progress Campaign, the theme/scriptural
                                                    passage, and asking for their support

                                                    9th
                                                    Pew envelopes sent for printing

                                                    15th
                                                    December statements include a renewal pledge
                                                    form for 2009



         “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”       13
                                               Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                           Our Ministries, Our Calling

                                                     15th
                                                     Remainder of Progress Materials Sent for
                                                     Printing

January 2009                                         19th
                                                     Materials delivered to churches

                                                     19th
                                                     FIRST MAIL APPEAL with Bishop’s Letter
                                                     to all registered families

                                                     17th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 26th
                                                     TRAINING SEMINARS FOR PARISH
                                                     TEAMS at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy
                                                     Family, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Mary in
                                                     Marfa, Santa Rosa de Lima in Pecos

                                                     26th
                                                     Letter from Principals or Superintendent of
                                                     Schools to parents asking for support of the
                                                     Progress Appeal

                                                     27th
                                                     PASTORAL CENTER EMPLOYEE OPEN
                                                     HOUSE with goal of 100% of ministry
                                                     employees making a pledge

                                                     31st – February 1st
                                                     ANNOUNCEMENT WEEKEND in all
                                                     parishes with pulpit and bulletin
                                                     announcements made in all parishes and
                                                     missions proclaiming the two Commitment
                                                     Weekends in February

                                                     Distribution of Progress Rebate Checks by
                                                     Board Members in churches during Mass

February 2009                                        1st
                                                     Progress Annual Report included in the
                                                     February issue of the Rio Grande Catholic and
                                                     mailed to priests, parish leaders, board
                                                     members, etc.

                                                     2nd
                                                     First report made to all churches before the
                                                     Commitment weekends to inform them about
                                                     the results of Bishop’s mail appeal
          “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   14
                                                Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                             Our Ministries, Our Calling

                                                       7th – 8th and 14th – 15th
                                                       COMMITMENT WEEKENDS; pew appeals
                                                       at all Masses; pulpit announcements and
                                                       Bishop’s message on DVD/CD played

March 2009                                             2nd
                                                       Second report to parishes and Diocese on
                                                       results of pew appeal

                                                       9th
                                                       Foundation will begin mailing letters directly
                                                       from priests to registered families not yet
                                                       making a pledge

                                                       16th
                                                       Start of Foundation Telephone Campaign

                                                       28th – 29th
                                                       Parishes offer last opportunity to make in-pew
                                                       commitment at all Masses

June 2009                                              27th
                                                       End of Foundation telephone campaign

July – November 2009                                   Additional letters as needed either as a
                                                       reminder to fulfill pledges or as a separate
                                                       appeal letter

August 2009                                            3rd
                                                       Final appeal letter from Foundation to
                                                       individuals who pledged and paid previous
                                                       year but who have not renewed pledges

                                                       10th
                                                       Start of Young Parishioner Campaign for
                                                       youth, young adults, and young families to
                                                       secure gifts for Progress from younger
                                                       parishioners through Catholic Campus
                                                       Ministry, Catholic high schools, Youth
                                                       Ministry, and Search Retreats

May – October 2009                                     Weekend tables at select parishes which are
                                                       close to goal; booths set up at parish bazaars

October 2009                                           Meeting of Foundation Board of Directors –
                                                       approval of scripture, and goals for 2010

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                                                     19th
                                                     Start of Small Business Gift Program to secure
                                                     donations for Progress from local companies
                                                     that do business with the Foundation, Diocese,
                                                     schools, and parishes


Ongoing Activities of Paris hes

      Submit all incoming pledges and payments to the Foundation Office within one week of receipt
      Review monthly reports for accuracy and progress
      Submit maintenance to the Foundation Office
      Report parish campaign progress to parishioners
      Promote communication and ownership
      Promote Stewardship as a way of life for all

Ongoing Activities of Foundation Staff

      Monthly reports to parishes including parish commitment and redemption reports
      Visits to priests, administrators, secretaries, parish leaders
      Visits to parishes to insure materials are displayed
      Trips to West Texas to meet with priests, secretaries, parish leaders, administrators
      Monthly reports to the community either through the Rio Grande Catholic or through a
       bulletin/newsletter
      Monthly updates on the Foundation website (www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org)
      Announcement through share cards and in Rio Grande Catholic of parishes that have reached
       share point
      Good Donor Relations – solving problems, saying thank-you, sending greeting cards at
       appropriate times, reporting to the donors and community




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Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                 The Ten Commandments of a Successful Annual Appeal

10.   Use the Leadership Manual
       Follow the timeline in the manual.
       Schedule activities for both the Announcement Weekend and the two Commitment
         Weekends.
       Play the DVD/CD with Bishop’s message in either Spanish or English at all Masses.
       Send the recommended letters including the follow up letters, personalized for your parish.
       Conduct a telephone campaign at your church using the suggested scripts, personalized for
         your parish.
       Use the suggested homily, prayers of the faithful, bulletin inserts, and bulletin
         announcements to educate and inform your parish family.
       Educate parishioners early and often through announcements, posters, and bulletins.
       Use the in-pew cards on both Commitment Weekends to make it easy to respond.
       Give parishioners the opportunity to complete the pledge card during the homily and collect
         them.

9.    Ans wer These Questions
       How is the Progress Annual Appeal part of our parish Stewardship efforts?
       Who are we helping and what ministries are supported?
       How can we put a human face on the appeal? (Tell the Progress story through a speaker
         from your parish or scheduled through the Foundation Office.)
       Where does the money go? (Become familiar with the Ministry Descriptions and
         Allocations Chart on pp. 8-10 so that you can answer questions.)

8.    Be Persistent
       Follow up with parishioners who have not made a gift through letters, phone calls, and/or
         personal contact.
       Keep asking until you get an answer.
       Celebrate your progress. Post the parish goals and report results using the banner provided.
       Emphasize how your parish can benefit if it reaches its goal through the Parish Share
         Program.
       Thank everyone who participates.

7.    Make it Easy
       Fill out the pledge cards – step by step – at all Masses. The more pledges that are made
        during the two Commitment Weekends, the less need there will be for letters and phone
        calls by both your parish and the Foundation Office later in the year.
       Do the in-pew solicitation on both Commitment Weekends at all Masses.
       Emphasize to parishioners the ability to use a monthly payment plan.




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6.    Encourage Different Ways to Give
       The donor card lists a number of ways to give - making a one time gift, making a pledge,
         using a credit card, offering stock donations, etc.
       Encourage parishioners to ask their employer for a matching gift.
       Give parishioners one last opportunity in March to make an in-pew donation.

5.    Ask Early, Ask Often, Ask Throughout the Year
       Realize that people give to those who ask. Not asking is the number one reason why people
         don’t give.
       Tell them what participation is needed to make your parish goal.
       Establish and communicate to your parishioners a parish fund raising target for the 2009
         Progress Appeal
       Ask for an increase of their last year’s gift if their finances permit.

4.    Identify Programs
       Identify a Progress funded ministry that your parishioners can relate to, envision, and
         embrace.
       Remember that Progress funded ministries help all of those who need care within our
         diocese (abused spouses, immigrants, youth) regardless of religious affiliation. Remind
         parishioners that St. Paul calls on us to live our faith, not just to live our lives.

3.    Demonstrate a Positive Attitude
       Energize your parish by giving them a convincing reason to give.
       Address any concerns directly and immediately.
       Include witnesses from your parish if they participate in any of the ministries funded by
        Progress or know someone who has benefited.

2.    Use the Materials Provided
       Display the Progress poster in the church foyer as soon as it is received
       Distribute pledge cards and pencils in the pew to all parishioners during Commitment
         Weekends
       Prominently display the banner so that parishioners know how close your church is to goal
       Use the sample Prayers of the Faithful weekly throughout the year
       Use the bulletin announcements and bulletin inserts throughout the year

1.    Remembe r that St. Paul Calls on Us to Live Our Faith
       Remind your parishioners that Stewardship is about sharing our gifts for the glory of God.
       Ask everyone in the parish to participate this year.
       Tell them that every dollar makes a difference to the ministries that need our help.
       Ask them to commit to pray for those in need and for the Progress Appeal even if they
        cannot make a gift.
       Recognize and thank those who participate in all ways from the pulpit and in the bulletin.




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Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                            Roles of Key People and Parish Leadership

Bishop Armando Ochoa

The Bishop is the spiritual leader of the Progress Annual Appeal. He makes the first and most
important appeal both through his audio message and his January letter to all parishioners. He
approves the scriptural passage of the appeal and helps to set the annual campaign within the principles
of Stewardship. He encourages all pastors to strongly support the appeal.

Pastors and Parish Administrators

The pastor is the overall leader of the parish campaign and along with the Bishop, the most important
player in the Progress Annual Appeal. The most successful campaigns occur when the pastor
recognizes the influence his leadership has on parish participation. The pastor’s full enthusiastic
support of the Progress Annual Appeal will translate into more enthusiastic parishioner support. For
this reason, the pastor is strongly encouraged to undertake the appeal himself at each of the Masses.
He is the principal motivator of lay leaders and volunteer workers and is the chief spokesperson of the
campaign. It is the pastor’s responsibility to recruit the Parish Progress Team and help to identify
potential giving prospects – especially major donors. If at all possible, he should attend the Progress
Leadership Meetings. The pastor should make a personal gift to the Progress Annual Appeal.

Parish Leaders

The Parish Progress Leader supervises the implementation of the campaign plan. He/she is chosen by
the pastor and has regular and direct contact with the Progress Director. It is the responsibility of the
Parish Leader to recruit and train volunteer workers from within the parish and to assist the campaign
secretary. The Parish Leader is responsible for conducting the campaign from within the parish
including organizing the in-pew collection, writing appeal and thank-you letters, ensuring that bulletin
announcements and inserts are used, and conducting a parish telephone campaign. He/she should
attend a training seminar and should make a personal gift to the Progress Annual Appeal.

Campaign Secretary

The Campaign Secretary is responsible for keeping accurate records, preparing regular reports, and
submitting pledges and payments to the Foundation Office. The nature of this position is best suited to
the Parish Secretary but can be done effectively by a volunteer with appropriate controls and with
support of the parish. The Campaign Secretary receives incoming pledge envelopes and contributions,
reviews all incoming pledge envelopes to assure accuracy and completeness, checks all incoming
pledge envelopes for accuracy, submits pledge envelopes for processing within one week of receipt to
the Foundation Office. He/she should attend a training seminar and should make a personal gift to the
Progress Annual Appeal.

Progress Volunteers
Progress Volunteers may minister either in their parishes, other parishes, or at the Foundation Office.
They help to distribute and collect envelopes and pencils during Commitment weekends, assist
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parishioners in filling out commitment envelopes, make pulpit announcements concerning the appeal,
assist the Progress staff in preparing materials for distribution to the parishes, delivering materials to
the parishes, processing pledges and payments, making photocopies of pledges and payments, and
performing any other duties as assigned by the Progress Director or Parish Leaders. All volunteers
should make a personal gift to the Progress Annual Appeal.

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation Board of Directors approves the goals, scriptural theme, and plan for each year’s
campaign and provides oversight to ensure that Progress goals are met. The Board should be available
to participate in Progress events and should volunteer to speak at their own parishes or other parishes
during Commitment Weekends. Each Board member should make a personal gift to the Progress
Annual Appeal.

Progress Committee of the Board of Directors

The Progress Committee is appointed by the Executive Committee and is responsible for developing
and implementing the Progress Annual Appeal in order to meet the established goals for the campaign
each year. The Committee oversees the annual Progress plan that addresses the calendar of events,
printed materials, volunteers, donors, recognition and collections. The Committee coordinates with the
Marketing and Communications Committee on the printed materials to ensure consistency of materials
and message.

Foundation Staff

The Foundation staff is responsible for the daily implementation of the Progress Annual Appeal. As a
staff, it should ensure that all material is prepared with ample time for distribution to the parishes and
that all pledges and payments are processed in a timely manner. In addition, the staff should ensure
good donor relations by promptly answering phone and mail inquiries, promptly sending thank-you
letters and cards to donors, being good stewards of donor contributions by ensuring that expenses are
reasonable and necessary and that scheduled hours of work are maintained, and being the first each
year to make gifts to the Progress Annual Appeal.

Ministry Directors

Ministry Directors are key to the Progress Annual Appeal since it is on behalf of their work that funds
are solicited. Ministry Directors should actively promote the appeal, volunteer to be spokespersons in
their own parishes for the appeal, and inform clients that their ministries receive financial support from
the Progress Annual Appeal. Along with the Foundation staff, all Ministry Directors should be the
first to make gifts to the Progress Annual Appeal.




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Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                     Announcement Weekend and Preparation Procedures


   Form the Progress Parish Team
   Recruit volunteers by making an in-pew appeal
   Send the names of your Parish Team to the Foundation Office by January 19
   Attend the Training Seminars in January
   Inventory the campaign materials when received and display the material by January 26
   Read the Progress Annual Appeal literature
   Become familiar with the ministries that are supported by the Progress Annual Appeal
   Insure that the Parish Census Report is accurate and has correct addresses and phone numbers
   Use the bulletin announcements and prayers of the faithful during the Announcement Weekend




                                 Commitment Weekend Procedures

1. Organize workers to assist with the distribution of commitment envelopes and pencils
2. Place pencils and pledge envelopes in the pews at least 15 minutes before the beginning of Mass
3. Make the appeal at the time of the Homily; pastor should incorporate the appeal into his Homily
    (sample homily is included on page 36)
4. Play the Bishop’s message on DVD or CD
5. Use the sample script and suggested talking points located in this manual
6. Ask each parishioner to take an envelope and talk them through the steps necessary to enter the
    information on the commitment envelope
7. Stress the option of making a down payment plus 11 monthly payments
8. Mention that a commitment can be made without an initial payment
9. Allow sufficient time for parishioners to reflect on their commitment and to fill out the pledge
    envelopes
10. Have parishioners deposit the envelopes in the weekly offertory as a second collection
11. Process the envelopes by separating the Progress envelopes from the regular offering
12. Have volunteer workers turn the Progress envelopes over to the Parish Campaign Secretary as soon
    as possible; Progress envelopes should be secured as directed by the pastor
13. Send the commitment forms and envelopes to the Foundation Office as soon as possible with a
    Parish Transmittal Form
14. During the Second Commitment Weekend, the pastor should announce the results from the First
    Commitment Weekend, thank those who made a commitment and ask them to pray for the success
    of the Progress Annual Appeal while others are considering their commitment


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Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                                Processing of Pledges and Payments

This year, we strongly urge all churches to allow the Foundation staff to process pledges and
payments. We ask that all churches count the number of pledge envelopes, secure the pledges and
payments in a Tyvek envelope that we provide, and either deliver them to the Foundation Office, call
us for the items to be picked up, or mail them to our office using a secure delivery method. The
Foundation staff will open all envelopes, process the pledges and the payments and then send a report
to the parish with the totals. However, we will still provide a Parish Census Report to all parishes in
case they do choose to record the pledges and/or payments before sending them to the Foundation
Office.

Parish Census Report and Changes/Deletions/Additions Forms

The Parish Census Report has the following functions:

   o Serves as a permanent record of your parishioners
   o Serves as a record of Progress commitments made by your parishione rs
   o Is used to reconcile differences that may occur between parish records and the Foundation
     Office records

The Parish Census Report is a computer-generated document that we provide to each parish/mission at
the start of each Progress campaign for record keeping purposes. When you submit the
changes/deletions/additions form to our office, we enter this information into our database which then
updates your Census Report.

The Parish Census Report lists the following data in column form:

      Account Number (10 digits)
      Title
      Parishioner’s Name (last name/first name)
      Street Address
      City, State, Zip Code
      Telephone Number
      Previous year’s commitment
      Previous year’s payments
      Current year’s pledge
      Initial payment
      Date of payment

The three columns on the right side of the report are provided for the recording of pledges to the
Progress Annual Appeal if you choose to do so. Again, we are no longer require churches to process
the pledges and payments but we recognize that some churches may choose to continue doing so. We
will send a full parish census to the pastor/parish administrator monthly from January through April
and then quarterly thereafter. However, please feel free to contact the Foundation Office at any time
for a new parish census.
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Processing Progress Commitments
1) Count and record the number of envelopes being sent on the transmittal form.
2) Note the number of envelopes that are being sent opened.
3) Please secure all pledges and payments in the Tyvek envelope provided and either deliver to the
   Foundation or call the Foundation Office at 872-8412 and we will gladly pick up the package.
4) If you choose to mail in your pledges and payments, send the completed package in a Tyvek
   envelope to the Foundation Office at 499 Saint Matthews Street, El Paso, Texas 79907.
   CAUTION: If you mail the package, we recommend that you use registered mail with a return
   receipt.



Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                                         Follow Up Procedures

 Commitment envelopes should be kept at the back of the church throughout the year fo r those
  parishioners who have not yet made a pledge.
 Regular bulletin announcements should be made reporting the church’s results to date and
  encouraging all parishioners to pledge; sample bulletin inserts and announcements are included in
  this manual.
 At the end of the Commitment Weekends and once all pledges and payments have been processed
  and sent to the Foundation Office, the Parish Campaign Secretary should develop a list of names,
  addresses, and phone numbers of parishioners who have not yet made a p ledge.
 At least two separate letters should be mailed to all parishioners who have not yet pledged; letters
  should include a commitment envelope as well as a report of the parish results to date. Sample
  letters are included in this manual.
 Follow up letters should be sent two weeks apart but by the end of March.
 After the two letters have been sent, the parish should call all parishioners who still have not
  pledged; sample phone scripts are included in this manual.
 Each church should provide parishioners one last opportunity to make an in-pew pledge on the
  weekend of March 28 and 29. The pastor announces the parish campaign results at each Mass,
  thanks the donors and asks the remaining parishioners to make a pledge; volunteers with
  commitment envelopes are available to take commitments after each Mass or pencils and
  commitment envelopes should be placed in the pews again.
 Parish Leader writes thank-you letters for the pastor’s signature to all volunteers.
 Campaign Secretary provides the Foundation Office with the names and addresses of all volunteer
  workers for a thank-you letter from the diocese.




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  Progress 2009: Conducting the Appeal
                                      List of Campaign Material
A box with the following materials to help conduct the Progress Annual Appeal will be delivered to
each church during the week of January 19.

       This training manual
       Pledge envelopes (1 for each registered family)
       Pencils
       Campaign Posters
       Campaign CD and DVD
       Campaign Banner
       Campaign Calendar
       Tyvek Envelopes
       Parish Census
       Parish Labels
       Parish Transmittal Forms
       Changes/Deletions/Additions Forms
       Pledge Forms for New Families Registering during the Year
       Pledge Forms for Families Registering Children in CCD
       Pledge Forms for Parish/School Employees


                                         Administrative Forms
Samples of these forms for your reference are included on the following pages.

   1.      Parish Leadership Form – please return to the Foundation Office by January 19.
   2.      Pew envelope
   3.      Parish Census Report
   4.      Additions to the Parish Census Report
   5.      Changes to the Parish Census Report
   6.      Deletions to the Parish Census Report
   7.      Parish Transmittal Form (Short Form)
   8.      Parish Transmittal Form (Long Form)
   9.      Redemption Report




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Support Material
                                Use of Support Material and the CD

The following support material is provided for your convenience and is included on the enclosed CD
for ease of use.

       Guidelines to Tithing and Suggested Gift Plans
       Donor Bill of Rights
       Questions You May Encounter
       Scriptural References to Giving
       Talking Points for Pastors and Lay Leaders
       Sample Homily for Pastors
       In-Pew Leader’s Script
       Prayers of the Faithful
       Bulletin Announcements
       Pastors’ Letters to Parishioners
       Telephone Scripts

Please feel free to revise any of this material to fit your particular community.




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Support Material
                         Guidelines to Tithing and Suggested Gift Plans

As Catholics, we live in a covenant with God and by this covenant we accept certain obligations and
duties. Catholic tradition, through what we call the “precepts of the Church,” outlines for us some
basic practices essential to our active membership in the Catholic Church.

The “precepts of the Church” speak to us about:

       Keeping holy the Lord’s day and celebrating the major feasts
       Receiving and celebrating the sacraments
       Maintaining a life of prayer
       Supporting the local church – your parish and diocese.

Five Points to Consider in Supporting the Church

   1.      Give back to God according to the way God has given to you.
   2.      Giving should represent a sacrifice.
   3.      Give 10% of your income as the Scripture tells us.
   4.      Give 5% to your parish in the Sunday collection, 1-2% to your diocese, and 3-4% to the
           world’s poor through charities of your choice.
   5.      Give a high priority to gifts that will help our larger Catholic family.


                  Suggested Giving Table to the Progress Annual Appeal
     Household Income        1% Pledge                       2% Pledge
$15,000                      $150                            $300
$20,000                      $200                            $400
$25,000                      $250                            $500
$30,000                      $300                            $600
$35,000                      $350                            $700
$40,000                      $400                            $800
$50,000                      $500                            $1,000
$60,000                      $600                            $1,200
$70,000                      $700                            $1,400
$80,000                      $800                            $1,600
$90,000                      $900                            $1,800
$100,000                     $1,000                          $2,000
$120,000                     $1,200                          $2,400
$150,000                     $1,500                          $3,000
$200,000                     $2,000                          $4,000
$250,000                     $2,500                          $5,000




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The following is a guide provided for your convenience if you choose to fulfill your pledge with
monthly payments. In order to reach our goal of $2,100,000 in 2009, we prayerfully ask all returning
donors to consider increasing their payment plan to the next level of giving.

                                   Suggested Monthly Payments
                       Pledge Amount      Initial Down      11 Monthly
                                            Payment           Payments
                             $120               $10              $10
                             $180               $15              $15
                             $240               $20              $20
                             $300               $25              $25
                             $360               $30              $30
                             $480               $40              $40
                             $600               $50              $50
                             $900               $75              $75
                            $1,200             $100             $100
                            $1,500             $125             $125
                            $1,800             $150             $150
                            $2,400             $200             $200
                            $3,600             $300             $300
                            $4,800             $400             $400
                            $6,000             $500             $500
                            $9,000             $750             $750
                           $12,000           $1,000            $1,000

The following is a gift chart that shows the levels of giving needed in order to reach our goal.

                                    2009 Progress Annual Appeal
                                           Table of Gifts
                                  Based Upon Goal of $2,100,000
    Number of Gifts        Amount                   Category                       Cumulative    Total
                      1    $                24,000 $          24,000               $                 24,000
                      1    $                12,000 $          12,000               $                 36,000
                      5    $                 6,000 $          30,000               $                 66,000
                     20    $                 3,000 $          60,000               $                126,000
                    200    $                 1,200 $         240,000               $                366,000
                    200    $                   720 $         144,000               $                510,000
                    850    $                   360 $         306,000               $                816,000
                   1500    $                   240 $         360,000               $              1,176,000
                   4100    $                   120 $         492,000               $              1,668,000
                   2800    $                    60 $         168,000               $              1,836,000
                   6000    Under 60                 $        264,000               $              2,100,000

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Support Material
                                           Donor Bill of Rights


The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC),
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP),
and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It has been endorsed by
numerous organizations.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing
that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the
general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit
organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated
resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect
the board to exercise prudent judgment in its Stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality
to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor
will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or
hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may
intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright
answers.




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Support Material
                                    Questions You May Encounter

Why is the Progress Appeal necessary?

The Progress Annual Appeal represents nearly 40 % of all operating funds available to the 17
diocesan ministries. Progress funds are used to support the pastoral, spiritual, educational, and
human service programs that benefit thousands of individuals throughout the 10 counties of our
diocese. The diocese also advances the work of every parish with direct financial assistance such as
grants and support services. Without the Progress Appeal, this vital work of the Church would not be
possible. You are asked to participate each year because the work of the Church is ongoing as the
needs of our people are continuous and growing.

Which program areas are supported by the Progress Appeal?

Progress funds are used to support the work of 17 ministries of the diocese including clergy formation,
religious education and formation, lay ministry training, as well as outreach and evangelization to
families, youth, immigrants, college students, and those needing counseling.

Isn’t Ste wardship just anothe r name for fundraising?

No. Stewardship is a way of life that embraces the concept that all we have is given to us by God. As
stewards of these gifts we have a responsibility to give back to God. Therefore, by giving a portion of
our time, talent, and treasure – in proportion to our means – we can personally advance the ministry
of the Church and build up the kingdom of God on earth.

Are any of the funds spent on administration?

Less than 15% of the funds are spent on the administration of the Progress Appeal. This covers all
costs associated with the campaign including materials, training, staff salaries, and mailings.

How does the Progress Appeal benefit my parish?

Your parish and all people of the diocese benefit from the Annual Appeal through the services and
programs provided by the diocesan ministries it supports. In addition, every parish in the diocese is
assigned a goal. Once met, 50% of all contributions paid over the goal are returned to the parish in
the form of a rebate which the parish can use as it pleases.

I’m not able to give much. Will my gift really make a difference?

Absolutely. Every gift is important – and necessary – if your parish and diocese are to continue to
serve in an effective manner. You also may be able to give more than you think. Even smaller
contributions, pledged over time can result in a very significant gift. For example, $20 a month will
total $240 a year. Monthly reminders are sent automatically for all pledges (except those paid by
credit card or automatic debit.)

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How much should I give?

No one can tell you how much to give. Your decision will depend on your own financial
circumstances, your understanding of the Annual Appeal and the way you live out your faith. We only
ask that you prayerfully consider a gift in proportion to your means. We do provide suggested gifts
based upon annual household incomes. A good guide is 1% of your annual income. If you are a
returning donor, however, we ask that you give a little more than the previous year.

Is my pledge legally binding?

No. The pledge is not a legal document. It is a freewill offering. We pray, however, that you will
honor your pledge.

Does the Progress Appeal qualify for matching gift programs?

Yes. Progress qualifies for many corporate matching gift programs. Contact your employer for more
information on matching gift programs. Please let us know as soon as possible if your gift is eligible
for a matching gift and we will help you process any required forms. We also will acknowledge your
employer in our annual report.

May I have my payments deducted from my checking or savings account?

Yes. You may set up a direct debit on your checking or savings account on your pledge card. Just
follow the directions on the card.

May I charge my Progress payments to a credit/debit card?

Yes. You may charge your donations to a credit/debit card. We accept payments with MasterCard,
Visa, American Express, and Discover. Just follow the directions on the pledge card.

May I make a donation of stock or IRAs to the Progress Appeal?

Yes. The Foundation can help arrange the transaction. Please call our offices at 872-8412.

How may I get a letter for my income tax?

Letters for income tax purposes acknowledging all contributions to the Foundation are mailed to
donors each January.

How can I learn more about the Progress Appeal?

Visit the Foundation website at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org. We also invite you to call the
Foundation Office at 872-8412 or email us at foundation@elpasodiocese.org with any question you
may have about the Appeal or the ministries it supports.



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                                   Scriptural References to Giving

I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the temple treasury. For
they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she
had, her whole livelihood. Mark 12:43-44

As the Father has sent me, so I send you. John 20:19-23

You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of my followers, will
certainly receive a reward. Matthew 10:37-42

If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last of all and the servant of all. Mark 9:30-37

Go and sell what you have and give to the poor, you will then have treasure in heaven. Mark 10:17-30

Let the person with two coats give to the one who has none. The person who has food should do the
same. Luke 3:10-18

Give, and it shall be given to you . . . For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:27-38

I give half my belongings, Lord, to the poor. Luke 19:1-10

Teach children how to live, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of
me, I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to
one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:8-10

The one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

We have talents that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;
ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity;
the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will
be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Luke 6:38

Think of us this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
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In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the
words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

For we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and
clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are
trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1
Timothy 6:7-9

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith
save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in
peace; keep warm, and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of
that? So faith by itself, if it has not works, is dead. James 2:14-17

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves
break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will
be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. Deuteronomy
14:22

Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will
be filled with plenty and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalms 24:1

If they want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their crosses daily and
follow me. Luke 9:23

They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed; all shall give as they are able according to the
blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you. Deuteronomy 16:16-17

You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last,
so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you commands so that
you may love one another. John 15:16-17

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it” – when you have it with
you. Proverbs 3:28

Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me.
Matthew 26:40

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love . . . I have said these things to you
so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. John 15:9, 11

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                         Talking Points for Pastors and Lay Leaders

    Reflect on the call given to each of us in Baptism to return out of gratitude a generous portion
     of time, talent, and money so that Christ’s mission may continue.
    Emphasize the joy that comes to those who first give to God their time, talent, and treasure as a
     way of expressing their gratitude and trust.
    List the ministries that are supported by the Progress Annual Appeal.
    Share scriptural references to giving.
    Talk about your own personal commitment to giving and the Progress Annual Appeal.
    Remind parishioners that your church will receive back half of all funds collected over goal.
    Talk about your parish fundraising goal and what the parish will do with the parish share.
    Emphasize that the gift can be paid over a 12- month period.
    Remind parishioners that their gift is tax-deductible.
    Tell parishioners that since 1983, area Catholics have personally contributed more than $30
     million to fund diocesan ministries through the Progress Annual Appeal.
    Remind donors that their contributions are especially needed this year because of the poor
     economy.
    Emphasize that as one of the main sources of funding for diocesan ministries, a healthy and
     vibrant appeal is essential for the diocese to carry out its mission, a mission whose scope and
     range is beyond the ability of any single parish.
    Remind parishioners that the appeal offers each Catholic the voluntary opportunity to make a
     conscious decision to be involved in the work of the Church beyond one’s parish boundaries. It
     is the work that Christ has given to us.
    Review some of the accomplishments in the diocese and parish as a result of giving to the
     Progress Annual Appeal in prior years. Here a just a few samples of diocesan ministry
     accomplishments during 2008.

           Catholic Campus Ministry at UTEP moved into its new location, the Newman Center
              located on Kerbey Street next to the campus.
           A group of students from the Catholic Campus Ministry at UTEP accompanied Sr.
              Janet Gildea in January to New Orleans for a week of service helping residents rebuild
              their homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
           Catholic Counseling Services provided 5,236 units of service (one hour of therapy) to
              368 clients during the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
           Catholic Counseling Services set up a play therapy room exclusively for children who
              are clients of the agency.
           The Communications Ministry began its Spanish language programs on Radio
              Guadalupana, station 1110.
           The Communications Ministry published the Rio Grande Catholic on a monthly basis
              which reaches an average of 30,000 families each month.
           Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services served more than 24,000 individuals by
              providing low-cost legal services to eligible foreign-born individuals who wish to
              immigrate to or become citizens of the United States.
           Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services continued the new Unaccompanied Minors
              Program which provides presentations, legal advice, and legal representation to nearly
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             200 undocumented children who are detained in the United States and who were found
             by the Border Patrol to be in the country without a parent or other adult.
            The Office of Education received a $50,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to be
             distributed over three years as financial aid for needy families with children in Catholic
             schools.
            The Office of Education oversaw the eduction of more than 4,400 students in 12
             schools.
            The Family Life Ministry promoted the For Your Marriage Initiative of the U.S.
             Catholic Bishops throughout the diocese and El Paso community.
            The Family Life Ministry conducted the Sponsor Couple training in Pecos with
             couples attending from Van Horn, Sierra Blanca, Wink, Monahans, and Kermit.
            The Foundation raised $845,000 in outside grants for ministries, parishes, and schools.
            The Foundation hosted a series of Thanksgiving Missions in November 2008 to
             celebrate Stewardship month with more than 300 participants representing 22 parishes.
            The diocese has 5 Major Seminarians in formation who attend Assumption Seminary
             in San Antonio and St. Mary Seminary in Houston.
            Two Major Seminarians completed their Pastoral Year in the diocese; one was
             assigned at Santa Rosa Parish in Pecos and the other at San Judas Parish in El Paso.
            The Peace and Justice Ministry promoted the Catholic Campaign for Human
             Development. The ministry oversaw the awarding of 19 grants to local organizations
             from the pew collection for the campaign held each November.
            The Peace and Justice Ministry served hundreds of individuals detained in jails,
             prisons, and detention facilities by providing reconciliation services, Masses, and
             individual counseling.
            The Permanent Diaconate Ministry ordained 15 candidates in May 2008 for service to
             the diocese.
            One of the new deacons trained by the Permanent Diaconate Ministry is from Our
             Lady of Peace Parish in Alpine and is serving several of the parish communities in rural
             West Texas.
            The Religious Formation Ministry provided ongoing formation and training to more
             than 500 parish catechists through monthly meetings for Parish Catechetical Leaders
             and Confirmation Coordinators.
            The Religious Formation Ministry secured a grant to send 15 parish catechists to
             attend the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership in Houston.
            St. Charles Seminary will welcome 10 new seminarians in 2009 who will join the
             three current students studying at our local seminary.
            St. Charles Seminary operated the Theology Library at the seminary for use by
             seminarians, students at Tepeyac Institute and the Diaconate Program, and catechists.
            Tepeyac Institute trained 365 first-time lay ministers and 345 returning lay ministers
             who completed the Ministry Formation and Training Program and were installed by
             Bishop Ochoa in May to serve in their parishes.
            Tepeyac Institute hosted the Ministry Formation and Training Program in northeast El
             Paso and in far east El Paso in the colonias of Horizon City; 112 people attended at
             Blessed Sacrament Parish and 45 at Horizon City. Tepeyac also took the Ministry
             Training Program to Sacred Heart Parish in south El Paso where it trained 12 lectors.


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          Tepeyac Institute had 430 individuals participate in the Summer Institute, including 66
           children who attended the Summer Bible Camp for Children and 45 pre-teens and
           teenagers who took part in the Teen’s Summer Institute.
          The Tigua Native American Ministry served more than 1,200 member of the Tigua
           Nation by assisting with feast days and religious events as well as in organizing
           religious formation classes and lay ministry training among the Tiguas.
          One of the Kateri Circle members of the Tigua Native American Ministry was elected
           to be President of the National Tekakwitha Conference Board which promotes the story
           and canonization of Blessed Kateri.
          The Vocations Ministry promoted vocations to the priesthood and religious life
           throughout the diocese by hosting the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Vocations
           Retreats, a Diocesan Mass for Vocations, a Vocation Conference, and the Lenten Can
           Project which raised more than $37,000 for Vocations programs and materials.
          The Vocations Ministry recruited 32 vocations ministers registered from 18 parishes
           who serve as the contact persons for vocations at the parish level.
          The West Texas Ministry under the direction of Sister Margie Silguero and Sister Luz
           Doñez conducted an evangelization mission in Van Horn where they visited 350
           families throughout the town for a week. During this time, a census of each household
           was taken, lunch was held at the elementary school each day to reach out to both
           children and adults, afternoon bible studies were held for children and youth, and
           evening bible studies were held for adults.
          The West Texas Ministry held its ongoing Living the Corporal Works of Mercy
           program by having youth in Confirmation classes visit the elderly and homebound and
           give them handmade crafts.
          The Office of Worship conducted the annual Chrism Mass on the Monday of Holy
           Week where Bishop Ochoa blessed the oils used by priests and deacons for the
           celebration of the sacraments throughout the year.
          The Office of Worship developed Guidelines for Confirmation Liturgy and
           Catechumenate for Children for use within parishes.
          The Youth Ministry held the annual Scouting Mass during which 45 boy and girl
           scouts received their religious award from Bishop Ochoa.
          The Youth Ministry brought back to the diocese the National Certification Program
           which is a two-year program that equips parish youth ministry leaders with the
           knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for ministry with youth.




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                                      Sample Homily for Pastors



The Church has always depended on sacrifices from its members to train clergy, provide formation for
the laity, educate our youth, and care for the troubled and those in need. The Annual Bishop's Appeal
is an important way for each of us to contribute to the work of the C hurch in our diocese. Through our
gifts to the Progress Appeal, we truly respond to the needs of the least among us and in turn serve
Jesus himself.

As your Pastor, I am asking for your generous support once again this year. The Progress Appeal
helps fund many varied ministries and services within our diocese. These worthy ministries and
services support our diocesan efforts in the areas of education, family and pastoral, evangelization and
charities.

As in previous years, each parish has been assigned a portion of the total Appeal goal. Our parish
responsibility for the 2009 Annual Appeal is $_________ and we will receive back half of all funds
collected over this goal.

This year’s scripture passage for the Progress Appeal is from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, Since we
have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them. This passage was chosen
because it reflects Stewardship’s calling that we share our gifts for the glory of God.

Let us therefore join with Bishop Ochoa, pray for the success of the Progress 2009 Appeal, and make a
sacrificial gift based upon our means. In anticipation of your pledged gift this year, I offer you my
heartfelt thanks.




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                                         In-Pew Leader’s Script

The following is a suggested script to use when conducting the in-pew effort on February 7-8 and
February 14-15. Please feel free to edit in order to meet your particular parish’s needs or situation or
to draft a script tailored to your parish.

Good (Morning/Afternoon/Evening)

My name is ______________. I will be leading this portion of our Progress Appeal today.

At this time, I would like to:

Ask that the envelopes located in the pews be passed throughout the pew. Please take only one
envelope per household. If there are not enough envelopes in your pew, please raise your hand and an
usher will bring more envelopes.

If you are visiting us today from another parish, you can still participate. Simply include your parish
name in the appropriate spot on the envelope.

Please wait until the envelopes have been distributed and we’ve had a chance to review the instructions
together before you begin to complete the information. I ask for yo ur patience as we do this together as
a parish family.

The Progress Commitment envelopes are similar to the pledge form mailed to all households with a
letter from Bishop Ochoa. If you have brought your pledge form and gift with you today or you have
already mailed your pledge to the diocese, then you will not need to complete another pledge form.

While the envelopes are being distributed, I would like to remind you that it is not necessary to make
your full gift today or even a down payment. The co mmitment envelope will provide you with the
opportunity to make a pledge gift. This type of gift will allow you to make a gift that can be paid
monthly.

There are also several ways that you can make a gift to the Progress Annual Appeal. You can make a
gift by:
      Check
      Cash
      MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card
      Automatic withdrawal from your bank account
      You can also make a gift of stock.

There is a box to check for each type of giving option on the inside panel of the envelope.

Now, please take the envelope that you just received and open the flap.


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[Hold up a sample envelope to show the congregation the area that you want them to view.]

Please fill in your name, both first and last, current address, telephone, email address, and your parish
name. If you are visiting us this weekend, please be sure to indicate your home parish name.

[Pause briefly to allow people to fill in the name information]

Next, you will see the spaces for indicating your gift. Before you complete the gift infor mation, we
ask that you reflect on how you have been blessed by God and what gift or pledge you would like to
make to support His work in our diocese. Please also remember that this year we would like to set
both a parish and diocesan record for the appeal. Every gift is appreciated and put to good use.

The top box is for the Total Amount of the Gift that you intend to give. The middle line is for the
actual Amount Enclosed in the envelope today. If you would like to make a gift pledge today, you
may want to refer to the Sample Pledge Plan above the fold of the envelope. [Hold up the sample
envelope to show the congregation where the table is located.]

Below the gift amount is the information on the various options for paying your balance.

      If making your gift or pledge by check, please make the check payable to: Progress Annual
       Appeal 2009.

      If you are making a gift by credit/debit card or wish to arrange for an automatic withdrawal
       from your bank account, please be sure to complete the appropriate section above the fold
       [point this out] so that your gift can be properly processed by the Foundation. This section can
       be removed and placed in the envelope to keep your bank and credit/debit card information
       private.

Now, please take the next few minutes to prayerfully complete your envelope.

[Please have your choir, cantor, or musicians play an appropriate offertory hymn during this period of
silence. At the conclusion of the hymn, please conclude the process.]

Once you have completed the necessary information, enclose your gift, then fold and seal the flap on
your envelope. Please place your envelope in the collection basket that the ushers are passing around.

On behalf of the ministries of our diocese, Bishop Ochoa, Father [insert pastor’s name], and the parish
Progress Team, I would like to thank you for your participation today, but more importantly, for your
support of the work of our diocese and those served by its ministries. Please look for updates in the
parish bulletin as we approach our goal for the year.




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                                         Prayers of the Faithful

Response: Lord, hear our prayer.

That the gospel message may be spread through our good deeds as we generously support the Progress
Annual Appeal. We pray to the Lord.

That as we prepare for the 2009 Progress Annual Appeal, we may rejoice in the accomplishments of
the past and pray for a successful campaign this year. We pray to the Lord.

That the people of our parish prayerfully consider the many gifts they have received and respond
generously to the Progress Annual Appeal. We pray to the Lord.

That God may bless our parish and diocese, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian
Stewardship by opening our hearts to others in need of our care and support. We pray to the Lord.

That we, during this Jubilee Year of St. Paul, unite in service to the Lord to support the many
charitable, educational and spiritual services with generous gifts. We pray to the Lord.

May our parish respond to the opportunity to reach beyond the boundaries of our parish in love and
service. We pray to the Lord.

May our gifts to this year’s Progress Annual appeal enable our Church to continue Christ’s work in our
community. We pray to the Lord.

That those who have not had an opportunity to make a decision about the Progress Annual Appeal will
listen to their hearts and make a commitment to support the wonderful works of our diocese. We pray
to the Lord.

For all who have responded to the call to share their gifts, that their generosity may be rewarded with
the growth, love and joy that giving generously brings. We pray to the Lord.

That those in need may find guidance and assistance from the many programs and services supported
by the Progress Annual Appeal. We pray to the Lord.

That the entire family of the Diocese of El Paso will respond generously to the Progress Annual
Appeal. We pray to the Lord.

That we the parishioners at [Name of Parish] Parish always show our gratitude for all the Lord has
given us by sharing with others through our generous gift to the Progress Annual Appeal. We pray to
the Lord.

That as we share the benefits of our blessings by giving to the Progress Annual Appeal, we may better
know Jesus by remembering Our Ministries, Our Calling. We pray to the Lord.

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                                       Bulletin Announcements

To be used in January before Announcement Weekend

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

 The Progress Annual Appeal is the one diocesan-wide appeal that provides support for
 17 ministries including seminarian formation, education and lay ministry training,
 evangelization and worship programs, and outreach to youth, college students,
 immigrants, and to those in need. Once a year each of us is called to make a
 commitment to support the work of our diocesan family, work beyond the boundary of
 any one parish. Our parish goal is 100% participation and $                 . Please take
 some time to prayerfully discern your gift to the 2009 Progress Appeal which will be
 taken up in the pew in February.


To be used on the Announcement Weekend of January 31-February 1

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL

 The 2009 Progress Appeal will take place on February 7-8 and February 14-15 in every
 parish in the 10 counties of the Diocese of El Paso. This year’s theme, Our Ministries,
 Our Calling, invites us to share our gifts for the benefit of 17 diocesan ministries. A
 wide range of ministries depend on our generous support including St. Charles
 Seminary, the Family Life Ministry, and the Office of Education.

 All registered parishioners have received a letter from Bishop Ochoa enclosed with a
 pledge form inviting participation in support of this year’s Progress Annual Appeal.
 Please complete the pledge form and return it in the mail or bring it to Mass during the
 Commitment Weekends. If you prefer, you may call in your pledge directly to the
 Progress Office at 872-8412 or make your gift at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.
 Your generosity will allow our Catholic community to continue the many vital
 programs and services that touch the lives of our brothers and sisters. Our parish goal
 for this year is $            .




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To be used on the First Commitment Weekend of February 7-8

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

 The Progress Annual Appeal begins this weekend. Progress provides support for 17
 ministries of our diocese including St. Charles Seminary, the Permanent Diaconate
 Ministry, Catholic Counseling Services, Tepeyac Institute, and the Office of Education.
 These ministries help all the parishes throughout El Paso and the nine rural counties of
 our diocese. The goal for this year’s Progress Appeal is $2,100,000. Our parish share
 of this goal is $               . Once we reach our goal, we will receive back half of all
 funds collected over goal. We invite everyone to participte in the Progress Annual
 Appeal through a commitment to prayer and a gift to Progress. Please make your
 commitment today. Thank you for your support of your diocese and your parish.



To be used on the Second Commitment Weekend of February 14-15


 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

 Please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all who have made their generous
 commitment to this year’s Progress Annual Appeal. Catholics throughout our diocese
 are uniting in faith, sharing their blessings, and giving gifts in Jesus’ name. The
 Progress Appeal provides support for our seminarians and priests. We see the fruits of
 the Progress Appeal in our parish through trained catechists, deacons and resources for
 our parish staff and ministers provided by the diocese. The Office of Education, which
 oversees the 12 Catholic schools in El Paso serving thousands of children each year, is
 supported through the Progress Annual Appeal. Remember that no gift is too small.
 For those who have not yet responded, we urge you to consider offering your
 commitment at this time. Please remember that you can fulfill your pledge over 12
 months and pay by credit card, automatic debit, cash, money orders, or checks. With
 every parishioner’s meaningful participation, we will succeed in reaching our goal of
 $                        .




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To be used on the follow-up weekend March 28-29

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                               Our Ministries, Our Calling

 The Progress Annual Appeal is underway. Thank you to everyone who has made a
 commitment of financial and prayerful support to Progress. Each and every gift is
 important. Today is the Follow-Up Weekend for the Progress Appeal. If you have not
 yet done so, we ask that you make your commitment today in order to provide the
 resources needed to continue vital diocesan programs such as seminarian formation, lay
 ministry training, counseling services, and the campus ministries at UTEP and Sul Ross
 State University. No gift is too small and every gift is sincerely appreciated. If you
 have already made your pledge, please accept our humble gratitude. If not, please make
 your commitment today. Our parish goal is 100% participation and $                    . We
 currently have         % and $                 toward our goal.



To be used in April.

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                               Our Ministries, Our Calling

 Thank you for your Progress 2009 gift. Our 2009 parish goal is $                    . So
 far, our generous parishioners have pledged $                . Your donations will help
 our parish as well as 17 diocesan ministries including St. Charles Seminary, the Family
 Life Ministry, and the Office of Education. If you have not yet made your commitment,
 please be generous, according to your means, when Progress calls on you through the
 telephone follow-up. You can also make your pledge here at the church by filling out a
 pledge envelope located at the back of the church and dropping it in the collection
 basket. The Foundation also accepts gifts online at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.

To be used in May.

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                               Our Ministries, Our Calling

 If you have not already offered your pledge to this year’s Progress Annual Appeal,
 please do so today. We are counting on you to respond to this year’s scriptural passage,
 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.
 (Romans 12:6) This passage was chosen because it reflects Stewardship’s calling that
 we share our gifts for the glory of God. Funds provided through the Progress Campaign
 help to bring Christ’s comfort and support for the many pressing needs and priorities
 that cannot be addressed individually or by one parish alo ne. Effectively continuing
 Jesus’ mission and ministry requires a united effort by every Catholic throughout our
 diocesan church. Pledge envelopes are located in the lobby and can be dropped at the
 parish office or in the collection basket. You may also call in your pledge to the
 Progress office at 872-8412 or make a gift online at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.


           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   42
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                           Our Ministries, Our Calling

To be used in June.

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL

 Thank you for remembering Our Ministries, Our Calling. God bless each and everyone
 one of you who have so generously responded in support of the 2009 Progress Appeal
 which supports 17 diocesan ministries including the Youth Ministry, Tepeyac Institute,
 the Vocations Office, and the Permanent Diaconate Ministry. Our parish goal is $
                  and so far our church has pledged $                . If you have heard
 the call and have not yet responded, please do so today. Pledge envelopes are located at
 the back of the church and can be dropped in the collection basket.


To be used during the months of July through November.

 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

 On February 8, the Diocese of El Paso began the Progress Appeal which is the annual
 invitation to all Catholic households to support the work of the ministries of our diocese.
 The goal for this year’s Progress Appeal is $2,100,000. Our parish share of this goal is
 $                . To date, we have received pledged gifts totaling $                  . We
 are confident that we can reach and exceed our share of the goal. Please remember that
 our parish will receive back 50% of all funds collected over our parish goal. If you have
 not yet made a gift to the appeal, then we urge you to answer the call today. Your gift
 can be made as a one-time cash or credit card gift, a gift of stock, or a pledge that can be
 fulfilled in monthly installments. If you have already made a gift to the Appeal, then
 please accept our sincere thanks for your support. Your gift will certainly make a
 difference in the lives of many. Pledge envelopes are located at the back of the church
 and can be dropped in the collection basket.


 PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL

 Thank you to all who have responded so generously to the Progress 2009 Appeal. Each
 year the success of the appeal depends on you. You have once again done a wonderful
 thing - your gifts have helped provide assistance to the members of our diocesan family
 and served Our Ministries, Our Calling. To date our parish has received pledges of
 $                which is $            over our goal with            % of our parish
 participating. Remember that we will receive back half of all funds collected over goal.
 Your prayer and support is what enables our diocesan ministries to achieve wonderful
 things. If you have not yet made your gift, please do so today by completing a pledge
 envelope located in the lobby and dropping the envelope at the office or in the collection
 basket. You may also call in your gift to the Foundation office at 872-8412 or make
 gifts online at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.


          “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   43
                                                Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                          Our Ministries, Our Calling

  PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

  The Progress Annual Appeal is the one diocesan-wide campaign that serves the needs of
  our people beyond the boundaries of any one parish. By supporting the work of the 17
  ministries funded by Progress 2009, we are able to work in communion toward fulfilling
  our roles as faithful stewards. We are asking that everyone participate in the Progress
  Appeal both through a commitment to prayer and a Progress gift. Our parish goal is $
                   and so far we have received pledges of $                    . If you have
  not yet made your contribution, please do so today. Every gift is important – and
  necessary – if our parish and diocese are to continue to effectively serve others. Pledge
  envelopes are located at the back of the church.



  PROGRESS 2009 ANNUAL APPEAL                              Our Ministries, Our Calling

  Thanks to the support of [Number of Donors], our parish has reached our 2009 goal of
  [Amount]. We now will receive back half of all funds collected over goal which will
  use for               . Please continue to make your monthly payments. If you have
  not yet made your pledge to the Progress 2009 Appeal, please do so today by
  completing a pledge envelope located at the back of the church and depositing it in the
  collection basket.




         “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   44
                                               Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Support Material
                                    Pastors’ Letters to Parishioners

Pastor’s Letter to Prior Donors

February XX, 2009

<< Formal Salutation>>
<< Address>>
<< Address>>

Dear <<Personalized Salutation>>,

We often think of the diocese as an administrative structure, and yet diocesan ministries and services
serve tens of thousands of individuals and families each year. Whether promoting religious vocations,
providing lay ministry formation, teaching and evangelizing, or providing outreach to youth, young
adults, immigrants, and those in need, diocesan ministries reach beyond the ability of our parish or any
other parish. It is the work that Christ has entrusted to his Church. It is work that we are called to
support through our baptism.

The Progress Annual Appeal is one way that we can answer that call. The goal for the diocese’s 2009
Progress Appeal is $2,100,000. Our parish share of the goal is $<<insert target>>.

At this time, I’d like for you to prayerfully consider making your gift. Your contribution will help the
diocesan ministries continue serving the people of our community and at the same time will help our
parish through the share program. The theme of this year’s Progress Campaign comes from Romans
12:6, Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them and
reminds us that we are called to share our gifts for the glory of God.

Please make your gift today. Perhaps you will be able to increase your level of support this year. Gifts
can be made in periodic installments by check, credit card, or automatic bank withdrawal.

I hope you will support this year’s Progress Annual Appeal with a generous gift or pledge. Your
continued support will mean so much to the people, parishes (including our own), and schools that rely
on the ministries of the diocese.

In gratitude for all you do for << insert paris h name>>,

Sincerely yours in Christ,



<<Pastor’s Name>>
<<Title>>

           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   45
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Pastor’s Letter to Non-Donors

February XX, 2009

<< Formal Salutation>>
<< Address>>
<< Address>>

Dear <<Personalized Salutation>>:

As pastor of << insert parish name>>, I see the work that is being accomplished by our parish family.
I am also keenly aware of the ministries provided by our diocese. Many of these ministries and
services support the work of our parishes including the Seminarian Formation Program, the Permanent
Diaconate Office, the Religious Formation Ministry, the Family Life Ministry, the Office of Worship,
and the Youth Ministry.

Whether responding to requests for basic human needs, promoting religious vocations, providing lay
ministry formation, teaching, evangelizing, or offering assistance to parishes and schools, the diocese’s
work reaches beyond the scope and ability of our parish or any single parish. To help support the 17
diocesan ministries, the diocese conducts the annual Progress Appeal. The goal for the 2009 Progress
Campaign is $2,100,000.

Our parish share of the goal is <<$ insert parish target>>.

Our parish will also directly benefit from the share program which allows us to receive back half of all
funds collected over our parish goal.

I believe that we can meet and exceed our goal if we all pitch in with a gift. Please consider making
your contribution today. A gift of $25, $50, $75, or more will mean so much to the thousands of
people who depend on the ministries of our diocese. Gifts to the Progress Appeal can be made by
check, credit/debit card, or automatic bank withdrawal and can be made in monthly payments.

Join the rest of this parish family in supporting the Progress 2009 Campaign. May the Lord bless you
all the days of your life.

Sincerely yours in Christ,



<<Pastor’s Name>>
<<Title>>




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   46
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Pastor’s Follow-Up Letter



March XX, 2009

<< Formal Salutation>>
<<address >>
<<address >

Dear <<Personalized Salutation>>

With Easter fast approaching, it is appropriate that we take time to reflect on the many blessings we
have received throughout this year. As part of our reflection, we can also think about the ways in
which we have shared our blessings with others. On February 8, the Diocese of El Paso began the
Progress Appeal which is the annual invitation to all Catholic households to support the work of the
ministries of our diocese.

The goal for this year’s Progress Appeal is $2,100,000. Our parish share of this goal is <<$ insert
parish target>>. To date, we have received gifts and pledges totaling <<insert current $ total>>. I am
confident that we can reach and exceed our share of the goal. Please remember that our parish will
receive back 50% of all funds collected over our parish goal.

If you have not yet made a gift to the appeal, then I urge you to answer the call today. Your gift can be
made as a one-time cash or credit card gift, a gift of stock, or a pledge that can be fulfilled in monthly
installments.

Please regard this letter as a prayerful reminder. If you have already made a gift to the Appeal, then
please accept my sincere thanks for your support. Your gift will certainly make a difference in the lives
of many.

Prayerfully wishing God’s continued blessing on you and your loved ones,

Sincerely yours in Christ,



<<Pastor’s Name>>
<<Title>>




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   47
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Pastor’s Thank-you Letter



February/March XX, 2009

<< Formal Salutation>>
<<address >>
<<address >>

Dear <<Personalized Salutation>>

As Catholics we are called to help others. I want to thank you for your generous pledge of <<$ insert
amount>> to this year’s Progress Appeal. Your gift will provide support for 17 ministries of our
diocese including St. Charles Seminary, the Permanent Diaconate Ministry, Catholic Counseling
Services, Tepeyac Institute, and the Office of Education. These ministries help all the parishes
throughout El Paso and the nine rural counties of our diocese.

Your gift also will help our parish. Once we have surpassed our diocesan goal, our parish is blessed
with half of all the monies raised over goal which we can use for our own local needs. The cash we
receive beyond our diocesan goal is an important part of our parish income. That is why I am writing
to thank you for pledging to this year’s Progress Appeal. Thank you for answering Stewardship’s call
to share your gifts for the glory of God.

As always, I remain faithfully yours in Christ,



<<Pastor’s Name>>
<<Title>>




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   48
                                                 Romans 12:6
Year of St. Paul                                                            Our Ministries, Our Calling

Support Material
                                            Telephone Scripts

The following scripts can be used by those parishes conducting a telephone appeal.

For previous donors:

Hello, my name is <<Name>> and I am a <<Volunteer, Parish Leader, Secretary, Parish Staff
Member>> here at <<Parish Name>>. May I please speak with Mr./Mrs./Ms. <<Parishioner’s
Name>>

I am calling on behalf of Fr. <<Name>> to thank you for your gift last year to the Progress Annual
Appeal and to ask for your continued support this year. As you know, the Progress Appeal supports
vital diocesan ministries including St. Charles Seminary, the Office of Education, Catholic Counseling
Services, Tepeyac Institute, the Permanent Diaconate Ministry, and the Catholic Campus Ministry at
UTEP and Sul Ross State University. Throughout the diocese, each parish is working to meet the
needs of our faith community. By supporting the work of the 17 ministries funded by Progress 2009,
we are able to work in communion toward fulfilling our roles as faithful stewards.

Our individual parish goal this year is <<$ insert amount>> and so far, we have received pledges of
<<$ insert amount>>.

Won’t you please join us today in supporting our diocese?



For parishioners who have not donated in the past.

Hello, my name is <<Name>> and I am a <<Volunteer, Parish Leader, Secretary, Parish Staff
Member>> here at <<Parish Name>>. May I please speak with Mr./Mrs./Ms. <<Parishioner’s
Name>>

I am calling today/this evening on behalf of Fr. <<Name>> to ask for your support of the Progress
Annual Appeal, which is the yearly campaign to support 17 ministries of the diocese including St.
Charles Seminary, the Vocations Ministry, Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Tepeyac Institute,
Catholic Campus Ministry, and the Family Life Ministry. This year the diocese has set a record-
breaking goal of $2.1 million for the Progress Annual Appeal which represents the amount that the 17
diocesan ministries need in order to effectively serve our parishes. Our individual parish goal this year
is <<$Amount>> and so far we have received pledges of <<$Amount>>. Our parish will receive back
half of all funds collected over this goal. So every donation counts.

Won’t you please join us today in supporting our diocese and parish?




           “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”   49
                                                 Romans 12:6

								
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