Areas Supported by the Catholic Charities Appeal
More than a dozen agencies and apostolates funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal assist and minister to more than 100,000 individuals and families.
Since 1924, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been committed to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including basic and emergency needs, homelessness, immigration issues, housing and residential services, disabilities, adoption, mental health counseling, elder health services, neighborhood rehabilitation, foreclosure help, citizenship services, and much more. CSS works with persons of all faiths and cultures in the Spirit of God’s universal love to advance human dignity and promote social justice, truth, and solidarity in our community. Visit Catholic Social Service’s website.
A service provided by Catholic Social Services, the Office for Persons with Disabilities offers case management services, mediation, and advocacy for people with disabilities who have issues with activities of their daily lives and their families, as well as people who work in the disability fields. Visit the Office of Persons with Disabilities website.
Pastoral Care for the Sick and Homebound
The Office of Pastoral Ministry to the Sick ministers to the sick and dying in ALL of the hospitals in the Diocese through its network of full and part-time chaplains, all of whom provide coverage for these hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing much-needed support in the form of visits, distribution of Communion, and administration of the Sacrament of the Sick to thousands of individuals.
The weekly television Mass that provides spiritual comfort for over 15,000 individuals who are sick and homebound in nearly 6,000 homes, hospitals, and nursing facilities, is partially funded by the Appeal.
Prison Ministry enables our priest and deacons to serve as chaplains to the Dartmouth and Barnstable Houses of Correction.
Faith formation and family life programs supported by gifts to the Catholic Charities Appeal include the Christian Leadership Institute, Pro-Life Booth Camp, and many other opportunities for Catholics of all ages to bear witness to their faith and develop confident voices to uphold their faith throughout their lives. Additionally, the Office of Family Ministry conducts marriage preparation programs for hundreds of couples each year, and campus ministers are available for all colleges in the Diocese. Visit the Faith Formation website.
Support for our Clergy
The Catholic Charities Appeal supports Seminarian and Clergy Education and Development, offering critical support for seminarians as they begin their education and journey to the priesthood, as well as supplemental funding to assist priests of the Diocese of Las Vegas in their ongoing education endeavors.
Additionally, the Diaconate Program supports more than 60 deacons presently serving in parishes and in other ministries in the Diocese.
The Diocese seeks to assist our Latino community in bearing rich and meaningful witness to their faith through the efforts of the Hispanic Ministry, through Spanish Masses and resources, as well as coordination of services unique to the needs of our Hispanic populations.
The Appeal also benefits the retired priests of the Diocese of Fall River, many of whom continue to serve our parishes and people each and every year: celebrating Mass, assisting our pastors, visiting the sick, administering the sacraments, and educating and guiding the individuals and families of our community in their faith.