Thanks to the generosity of parishioners in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, the Together We Serve appeal has raised $1,721,000 in its first year of operation, surpassing the campaign goal of $1.6 million.

Together We Serve began in 2014 as an integrated appeal to replace eight separate special Sunday collections that were formerly taken up in parishes across the Archdiocese. 

Archbishop Richard Smith said he was delighted by the response of parishes.

“All eight charities supported by Together We Serve received 100% of the funds promised to them for the accomplishment of their missions,” he said. “Thank you for your generosity!”

The funds raised through Together We Serve are distributed to causes that

  • assist needy persons both at home and in the developing world, 
  • advance the missionary work of the Church in Canada, the Holy Land and around the globe, 
  • provide education and formation of future priests, lay ministers, and Catholic teachers, and 
  • ensure ongoing care for retired diocesan priests.

Connie Lunde, Director of Development for the Archdiocese, said the success could not have been achieved without the support of staff, volunteers, pastors and parishioners alike.

“We do not take our donors for granted, and we know it has been challenging for some to adjust to this new way of giving,” she said. “But we also know that each and every gift, regardless of size, represents a sacrifice in someone’s life, and a willingness to put the needs of others before their own.”

Of the 2014 funds raised, a total of $136,000 will go back to those parishes that exceeded their individual targets, through the Parish Share Program.

The 2015 Together We Serve campaign will run in Lent, the season in which Catholics focus on prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. This year the appeal will include Catholic Social Services as a ninth charity, so the goal has been raised to $1.94 million.

For more information on Together We Serve, please visit www.caedm.ca/WeServe.