Diocese of Rockville Centre

What is the Catholic Ministry Appeal and what does it support?

The Catholic Ministries Appeal is an opportunity for every Catholic in our Church community to come together as One Faith Community and serve the people of God on Long Island.

The Appeal supports essential programs and services across Long Island, touching each of our 133 parishes and more than 600,000 people. The Catholic Church on Long Island reaches many more people than one parish could ever do on its own.

Some of the areas include:

  • Religious education to more than 100,000 students in public schools
  • Affordable and safe housing for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Food programs for seniors and low-income families 
  • Youth and campus ministry for our young people 
  • Priests and Deacons education and formation 
  • Faith Formation, including parish Baptismal Preparation, Pre-Cana, and RCIA programs
  • Hospital ministry to more than 200,000 people each year
  • Prison ministry 
  • Chemical dependence services and day treatment programs 
  • Dominican Republic Mission 
  • Catholic Diversity Initiatives 

There is no other organization, person, or group on Long Island other than the Catholic Church that provides the breadth and depth of spiritual and social services to so many individuals and families.

What are some of the ways gifts are used?
Gifts are used to live and share our faith, care for God's people, and build God's Kingdom. For example, a gift of $25 may help pay the gas for a Meals-On-Wheels van to deliver food for a day. A gift of $50 may help pay for teaching materials for a volunteer catechist. A gift of $100 may help care for a newborn in the Catholic Charities Regina Residence. A gift of $250 may help subsidize housing for a developmentally disabled adult. A gift of $1,000 may help support a Seminarian's education.

Do Parishes benefit in any way from the Appeal?
Resources contributed to the CMA are distributed in a way that allows our Catholic faith to be lived and shared throughout our 133 parish communities. Parishes that reach goal receive a 20 percent rebate and any paid gifts raised over that goal generate an 80 percent rebate to parishes on those gifts. Our parishes use their rebates to support Parish Outreach programs, develop special programs for the community, or to help maintain their physical structures.

Where should people go to get more information about the Appeal and its ministries?
They can go to our web site at CatholicMinistriesAppeal.org to view our video or to read more about the Appeal, or they can call us at 516-678-5800 ext. 296.

Will you accept other forms of gifts besides a check?
You may pledge and be billed monthly for a ten month period. Gifts of appreciated securities are another way for you to make a significant contribution at a reduced cost to you. Federal tax laws allow a charitable deduction for the full market value of securities on the date of your gift. The Catholic Ministries Appeal also offers you the opportunity to make a secure gift online using Amex, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
You can also take advantage of the now permanent IRA Charitable Rollover.  Call Barbara at 516-678-5800 ext. 257 for more information.

Is my name shared with any other companies or ministries?
Absolutely not! The database which is maintained by the Office of Institutional Advancement is not shared, sold or communicated with any way with any other entity including other Diocesan departments.

Frequently asked questions 516-678-5800 ext 296 
Ways to Give 516-678-5800 ext 296 
Gift of securities 516-678-5800 ext 296 
Memorial donations 516-678-5800 ext 296 
Matching Gifts ~Carol 516-678-5800 ext 274

Updated: January 16, 2016