The 2022 Together We Serve Annual Appeal raised 99 per cent of its $1.5 million goal, and gave away almost $1.4 million to 10 beneficiaries and 35 “Parish Share” parishes. Just 6.3 per cent of the funds raised went to administration costs, less than half the industry average of 12-15 per cent.
Local beneficiaries received 70 per cent of funds disbursed, including:
- $256,480 to Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope
- $256,480 to The Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College
- $128,240 to St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta
- $64,120 to St. Joseph Priests’ Foundation of Edmonton
- $192,360 to Rebuild Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Canadian beneficiaries received 15 per cent of funds disbursed, including $96,180 each to the Needs of the Canadian Church and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
International beneficiaries received the final 15 per cent, including $64,120 each to Evangelization of Peoples, Needs of the Church in the Holy Land, and the Pope’s Pastoral Works.
Parish Share rebates, totalling $102,085, were rebated to 35 parishes that exceeded their targets. Overall, 37 parishes achieved or exceeded their targets and 71 per cent of all parishes achieved at least 90 per cent.
Eight parishes were recognized as TOP ACHIEVERS in four categories based on parish size.
|Mini & Mission Parish (<100 families)|
|Highest Percentage 2022||St. Joseph, Wabamun: 216%|
|Most Dollars Raised 2022||St. Anne, Trochu: $14,770|
|Small Parish (100-499 families)|
|Highest Percentage 2022
First Past the Post 2022
|Queen of Martyrs, Edmonton: 273%|
|Most Dollars Raised 2022||Holy Name of Jesus, Vermilion: $25,405|
|Mid-size Parish (500-1,999 families)|
|Highest Percentage 2022||St. Anthony, Drayton Valley: 127%|
|Most Dollars Raised 2022||St. Theresa, Edmonton: $54,041|
|Large Parish (2,000+ families)|
|Highest Percentage 2022||Holy Family, St. Albert: 125%|
|Most Dollars Raised 2022||St. Thomas More, Edmonton: $147,281|
Honourable mention to Corpus Christi Parish in Consort, which tied the top achiever, Queen of Martyrs, as First Past the Post, achieving 100 per cent its target by March 31, 2022. Corpus Christi went on to exceed its target by 146 per cent.
Together We Serve is an annual appeal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. It was launched in 2014 to simplify giving by combining recurring special collections in parishes and inviting Catholics to work together to serve those in need at home, in Canada, and abroad. Together We Serve shows both Catholics and those around us that we are all one Church, acting together to advance the Mission given to us by Jesus Christ.
For more information or to donate to the 2023 Together We Serve campaign (and credit it towards your parish’s target), visit: https://caedm.ca/togetherweserve.