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WHAT EXACTLY IS THE CPC? The full name is the Catholic Parishes Campaign of Southwestern Indiana. This Is a new name for the campaign that began in 1982 as the Annual Diocesan Appeal or "ADA", and later became known as "The Bishop's Fund." This campaign is, and has always been, an opportunity for each parish to raise money for its diocesan assessment and other parish needs. The Diocesan Assessment is each parlsh's share of the cost of providing important and necessary diocesan programs and services for the people of our diocese, as well as ordinary central office operating expenses. WHY THE NEW NAME THIS YEAR? The short answer is that parish campaign leaders from around the diocese strongly recommended last year that the name should be changed. They also gested that the campaign needed new life and a clearer focus. The new was created by a Task Force appointed by Bishop Gettelfinger. This Task Force alsO strongly endorsed a new SUCCESS MODEL FOR PARISH CAMPAIGNS which duced before the 1993 campaign and produced outstanding results for those ' parishes that chose to use it last year. The new name clearly identifies this cam- paign as the premier annual means for parishes to raise significant additional lars for their own needs. The Success Model is a proven fundraising gives parish campaign leaders the tools they need to achieve extraordinary WHY SHOULD EVERY PARISHIONER WANT TO MAKE A CPC PLEDGE? Again, the short answer is that your CPC pledge DIRECTLY BENEFITS your Your pledge helps your parish meet its financial obligation to support diocesan grams, services and expenses, and it also helps your parish support its own pro- grams and services for you and your fellow parishioners. This year, in particular, is a great urgency for parish campaigns to be successful because of the impact of providing medical insurance for the hundreds of dedicated lay ees who work so faithfully and selflessly for the parishes and schools in our Every dollar pledged and collected over your parish's diocesc returned to your parish for its other needs and uses. In other words, the more a parish exceeds its assessment through its CPC, the more funds will be offset other parish financial obligations and needs. WHERE DOES MY PLEDGE MONEY GO? Each year since 1982 we have published and distributed to all sc Indiana Catholics a list of the many programs, services and expenses that are ed by this annual campaign. Each year many people actually see" that list very first time and are quite surprised by the wide array and scope of the programs and services provided by the entries on that list. The pie chart page shows a summary of the kinds of programs and services your port, and you will find the entire list of funded programs on the back page .... issue. If you are "seeing" this list for the first time, you will immediately realize hOW your generous pledge will help thousands of your fellow Catholics in ! our diocese. HOW DOES OUR CAMPAIGN COMPARE WITH THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS OF OTHER U.S. DIOCESES? Each year, the National Catholic Stewardship Council surveys every U.S. arch/diocese regarding annual diocesan campaigns. The ers the 1992 campaign year; we will receive the 1993 results soon. For 1992, arch/dioceses of a possible 186 reported the results of their campaigns other 86 do not yet have annual campaigns). Two figures tell the true story of success for these campaigns: 1) the size average gift and 2) the percent .of participation (that is, the total compared to the totalpossible number of donors ). Our percent of 1993 was 61%, which will place us in the top ten of all reporting dioceses when receive the latest report (we were 10th in 1992). But even more significant is the size of our diocese's average gift in 1993: $105.00. The average of the average gifts of the other nine top P pation dioceses in 1992 was only $67.60! In other words, ours is one of the productive annual diocesan campaigns in the U.S.! And the cost of running campaign is among the lowest of all reporting dioceses. This success is a tribute to the great generosity of the Catholic people western Indiana and the hard work of our parish campaign chairpersons an campaign teams. But there is still much room for improvement. More than 1/3 of choose not to pledge to their parish campaigns. It is to these people our strongest plea this year: please help your parish by making a pledge to parish's 1994 CPC. Pledge whatever you can, but please pledge sam parish needs you this year more than ever. HOW DOES THE CPC FIT TOGETHER WITH THE CON- CEPT OF "STEWARDSHIP" WE ARE HEARING MORE ABOUT IN OUR PARISHES? First if all, we must be very careful about our use of the word Stewardship is not fundraising or Offertory collections. Stewardship refers t(: life rooted in the fundamental Christian belief that God is the source of steward is "one who receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends responsible and accountable manner, shares them injustice and love with and returns them with increase to the Lord. " (from: "Stewardship: A Response" - the U.S. Bishops' pastoral letter on stewardship). Your CPC expression of your stewardship of treasure. But that portion of your gifts you return in gratitude to God through your stewardship of time and important and necessary - perhaps even more than your money. As you cc the size of your pledge to your parish's 1994 CPC, you should also consider share your special, God-given talents and abilities to help your parish family,