What's It All About?
We invite you to invest the resources God has given you—your energy, your prayers, your sacrificial monetary gift—in the work to which God has called us. Your contribution to the Annual Appeal allows our diocese to continue to help parishes and its agencies to better serve, evangelize, and reach out to God's people in our four-county diocese. ACA funds are used to:
- Minister to families, youth and young adults
- Prepare candidates for the priesthood and parish catechists
- Support Catholic schools
- Assist the needy
- Support retired and infirm priests
- Return a portion of the funds to parishes for local needs
If you have not already pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so. Participating is simple. You can drop your gift or pledge in the regular collection and the parish will forward it to the Appeal Office. Please mark your envelope: "Annual Catholic Appeal."
A gift by check or money order may be made payable to
Annual Catholic Appeal
P.O. Box 4887
701 Lawrenceville Road, Trenton, NJ 08650-4887
Please enclose a pledge card or the following information:
Your telephone number
The name of our parish—Our Lady of Sorrows - St. Anthony
When making out a check, be sure to make it payable to
Annual Catholic Appeal
, not to Our Lady of Sorrows - St. Anthony.
The Annual Catholic Appeal in Action
Your gift to the Catholic Appeal goes directly to the support of important ministries and its outreach to the needy in our Diocese of Trenton:
- Formation of seminarians, priests, deacons, deacon candidates
- Formation of parish catechists and lay leaders
- Catholic School support/Tuition Assistance
- Emergency assistance to the poor and vulnerable
- Parish counseling services
- Home Nursing Program
- Development of programs for families, youth
- Local parish needs
Rooted in the Gospel invitation to share in the healing mission of Jesus Christ, we advance the compassionate and competent spiritual, pastoral and sacramental care of God's suffering people by resourcing the clergy, pastoral ministers, healthcare professionals and caregivers who serve them. Those who offer pastoral care communicate God's love and compassion 'person-to-person' by offering spiritual and sacramental support, including the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick offered by a priest. We connect with healthcare institutions, medical professionals, chaplains and clergy by providing extensive consultation and resouces for the holistic health and well-being of Catholic patients.
Ministry of Catechesis, Lay Formation, and Evangelization
Each parish and Catholic school is unique and offers religious education in ways that meet the needs of over 50,000 students in the local community. Some program structures are very traditional; others are innovative. Even as adults we seek to learn more about our faith and deepen our relationship with God. Some adults want to know more, some adults want to grow in their prayer life. About 300 adults are brought to full initiation with the Church in our diocese each year. Many opportunities for the enrichment of faith are found in events and activities in parishes throughout the diocese, such as Bible Study, parish missions, lecture series, and online learning. The Ministry of Catechesis, Lay Formation, and Evangelization helps with adult faith enrichment by providing support for parish leaders and access to resources. Your gift, in essence, builds up our Catholic faith.
Ministries to Families, Youth, and Young Adults
These ministries strive to promote a Catholic understanding of life through faith formation at every stage of human living. They support you and your family, recognizing that your family is "holy, not because it is perfect, but because God's grace is at work in it, helping it to set out anew every day on the way to love."
Your gift promotes individuals and family life, so please be as generous as your means allow when making your pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Department of Multicultural Ministry
The Department of Multicultural Ministry will bring attention to the most pressing needs and concerns of the various cultural communities, and will assist parishes and diocesan offices as they address the needs that are identified. The council will have representatives from the Black Catholic, Filipino, Haitian, Hispanic and Portugese, Korean, Polish, and Eastern European communities.
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Trenton provides care to more than 100,000 people each year and touches the lives of 1 in every 19 residents of Central New Jersey. A behavioral health care and social service agency, Catholic Charities offers 58 programs at 35 service sites and 72 residential sites in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The mission of Catholic Charities is rooted in the Gospel Mandate to alleviate human suffering and seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by serving people in need, especially the poor and oppressed. Catholic Charities offers a network of accredited programs that provide quality, cost-effective services in the four counties of the diocese.
Diocesan Ministry of Vocations
The Diocesan Ministry of Vocations provides discernment opportunities, encouragement, support, education and resources for those responding to God's call to the ministerial priesthood.
We are committed to fostering an environment where vocations to the priesthood are valued and nurtured within the domestic church of the family and the local parish community.
Catholic Education Administration
Catholic schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties welcome approximately 17,000 Catholic and non-Catholic students from many different cultural backgrounds. Parents, as the primary educators of their children, work in partnership with teachers to develop their children's potential in becoming life-long learners. Donations to the ACA help to ensure that curriculum and performance standards and development of educators continue at high levels within our 31 Catholic elementary schools and 7 high schools Last year your gift helped with reaching out to more than 90,000 alumni who have been given the opportunity to give back so that other students can succeed in our schools.
Nurturing Family Life
Through the development of ministries that support individuals and families in the many stages and circumstances of life, the Diocese partners with its parishes in building an understanding of God's grace at work in every human life. These efforts address marriage preparation and enrichment, family life and parenting, maturing adults, pastoral care, jail and prison ministry, bereavement, separated and divorced, and respect life ministry.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic organization of more than 750,000 lay men and women who seek to help the suffering in a spirit of justice and charity through person-to-person involvement. Founded in France in 1833, with St. Vincent de Paul as its patron, in the United States today there are more than 59,000 members in 4,300 conferences.
Vincentians seek, through prayer, meditation on Scripture and the teachings of the Church, to bear witness to the love of Christ through their daily lives and in their relationships with those in need.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society and its work have been encouraged by the Bishops of Trenton to provide a special means for lay-people to participate in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy through a time-tested organization with national and international support.
Your gift continues the mission of St. Vincent de Paul right here in central New Jersey.
Ministry of Clergy Personnel
This ministry assists the Bishop in the assignment of priests and deacons in the diocese, handles all personnel matters pertaining to active and retired priests, and works with priests from outside the diocese who seek to minister in the diocese. The Ministry of Clergy Personnel keeps priests and deacons informed of events in the diocese specifically for its clergy, assists in the continuing education of clergy, the annual convocation of priests, and in working throughout the diocese.
Your gift supports the Bishop, priests, and deacons in serving all parishioners in the Diocese of Trenton.
Mount Carmel Guild
The Mount Carmel Guild has been helping Mercer County community members in their times of need since 1920, regardless of race or religion. Our services are offered free to those who need them.
Home Health Nursing
provides in-home nursing services to seniors whose Medicare insurance has been exhausted and have no alternative means of care. Our nursing care allows patients to stay in the comfort of their own homes, in familiar surroundings. Service can include: pre-filling insulin syringes for the sight impaired, pre-pouring medications weekly, monitoring vital signs, blood sugars, and cardiopulmonary status, administering injections, and assisting with pacemakers. Patient referrals are always welcome.
Each day, our
Emergency Assistance Program
staff members assess the needs of Mercer County families and distribute bags of groceries based on nutritional requirements. We assist approximately 700 heads of households each month. Our
Comprehensive Nutritional Care
program provides high-protein food packages, vitamin supplements and nutritional counseling to those who are HIV+. We also provide help for emergency prescriptions.
Your gift gives them a place to turn too in their need.