The United Catholic Appeal serves as the financial backbone for numerous ministries, programs, and outreach efforts within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. By spearheading the United Catholic Appeal, the Office of Stewardship and Development ensures the availability of vital resources necessary to support Catholic education, pastoral care, evangelization, social services, and other essential endeavors.
The Office of Stewardship and Development works tirelessly to engage and inspire the faithful, encouraging them to embrace their role as stewards of God's blessings and contribute to the well-being and growth of the entire Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
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2024 United Catholic Appeal
The United Catholic Appeal embodies the spirit of generosity and unity within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. With a rich history of faith, compassion, and community, this campaign aims to support and strengthen the vital ministries and initiatives that touch the lives of countless individuals across the region.
The United Catholic Appeal stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring the faithful to come together in solidarity to fund critical programs, educational efforts, and charitable endeavors. By participating in this extraordinary campaign, we can empower our local Catholic community to make a lasting impact, fostering spiritual growth, social outreach, and the spread of God's love throughout the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Join us as we embrace this opportunity to build a stronger, more vibrant Catholic family, serving and uplifting one another in faith and fellowship.
What does the UCA support?Each year the United Catholic Appeal raises vital funds to support the ministries of the Archdiocese. These funds help us to spread discipleship, formation, and community to those we serve across central and southern Indiana. A good way to think about the supported ministries is by using the labels of Teaching, Shepherding, and Serving. Under teaching, the UCA supports ministries such as seminarian education, vocations, Catholic Schools, Catechesis, and the care and support of our retired priests. Under Shepherding, numerous ministries are directly supported including Youth Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, Marriage Preparation, Project Rachel, and many more. And under Serving, the UCA directly supports all our Catholic Charities spread throughout the Archdiocese, as well as supporting the Mother Theodore Catholic Academies, our archdiocesan center-city schools. Since teaching, shepherding and serving are all intertwined, some ministries could fit under multiple headers. But in the end, it is about the archdiocesan infrastructure existing so that the Church can SERVE. It is about being available, to meet the needs of pastors, parishioners and everyone who can be touched by our faith. For more on the specific ministries and programs served by the UCA, visit the WHO WE SUPPORT tab at the top of this page.
How does the UCA differ from my weekly tithing?Tithing is an expression of personal devotion, of an honest and loving relationship with God and a permanent covenant with the Church. Tithing is truly a reminder to put God first in your life (Deuteronomyu 14:23). Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of His blessings in your life. Tithing is necessary for your parish to flourish. Please support your local parish as it is where you celebrate Mass and participate in the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life. But also consider supporting the United Catholic Appeal since it helps all parishes in our diocese do what no one parish can do alone. It is a great sharing of our love for Jesus and our love for one another.
What is intention Weekend?Intention Weekend is the kick-off weekend for the United Catholic Appeal. During this weekend you will hear from your pastor or possibly a lay witness speaker who will share with you why supporting the appeal is important. It is a reminder of the ministries that are supported, such as caring for our retired priests, supporting our seminarians in minor and major seminary, supporting our homeless families, providing for women and children who are fleeing a domestic situation. It allows us to feed those who are hungry, counsel those who are struggling in their marriages, provide mental health services at a significantly reduced cost and in some cases, at no cost, and to conduct prison ministry and addiction ministry to truly meet people where they are. This is a weekend to commit to helping our brothers and sisters who are in need in many different ways.
What are the ways that I can give?Visit the tab WAYS TO GIVE at the top of this page. To make your pledge electronically, click the DONATE button at the top of this page. If you’ve received a physical pledge card, you can mail it to the address listed or bring it with you on Intention Weekend and drop it in the collection plate. You can also explore more ways to give including through stock, an IRA, or a donor-advised fund by visiting www.archindy.org/CCF. You can also become a member of one of our sustaining donor programs to commit your support on an ongoing basis.