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Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA)

Article New APAThe Annual Pastoral Appeal is a centralized campaign designed to give each of the Diocese's 81 parishes and missions every opportunity to reach their maximum potential. It is meant to be a resource to educate our faithful on their parish's share of our larger Diocesan Church.

Through an assessment, every parish and mission is required to support our diocesan operations, services and ministries that in turn meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of thousands throughout our five county faith community that one parish could not meet alone. This allows each one of us, as one, united in faith, to fulfill God's call to spread the good news and to love and serve one another.

Our Lord Jesus Christ calls each one of us to be generous in thought, word and deed. He teaches us that in the measure we give, we also receive. Every Catholic is invited and encouraged to make a commitment to Christ's ministry through the mission of our Church here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

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 A Message from Father Len:

Part One

This year, the Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968, our diocese has dedicated itself year after year to helping our sisters and brothers in need. The most visible and effective way that happens is through the Annual Pastoral Appeal or APA. APA has helped to protect the lives of the unborn, provided shelter for the homeless, educated and formed our youth in the Catholic Faith, and educated seminarians who have gone on to become priests for our diocese. APA is the vehicle for Catholics on Florida ’s west coast to reach out on a wide scale to our sisters and brothers who are hurting. Your investment in APA has paid dividends to so many – and in ways that you would never be able to do on your own. I am grateful for your generosity to APA in the past.
With this in mind, I want to introduce the 2018 Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA): Blessed are We... This is our annual appeal that invites every parishioner to participate in supporting our diocesan ministries, programs, and services that serve us and the many in need outside of our parish boundaries.
As your pastor, I want to let you know that I support this appeal and the hope it provides for both our parish and for those whom are brought closer to Christ. This is our annual parish appeal that invites every parishioner to participate in our financial responsibility to our diocesan ministries, programs, and services that serve us and the many in need outside of our parish boundaries.
I would like to emphasize the spiritual effect the appeal has on our parish and diocese. This appeal provides the means to continue the mission that Christ has entrusted to us: to serve, to educate, to care for the poor, and to be a beacon of hope. The ministries, programs, and services that are funded from this effort allow us to fulfill this responsibility given to us all. We are all invited to make a gift and share our blessings, bringing hope to thousands throughout our diocese.
I pray that each family will assess their own resources and generously make a gift of substance and not merely one of convenience. This appeal is based on equal sacrifice, not equal giving. I cannot ask everyone to consider the same size gift, but I ask that everyone let their gift reflect how generous God has been with His gifts. Can you consider a gift of $20, $30 or $40 each month for the rest of this year?
Make it a responsible, planned and proportionate gift. Most of all take time to discern your gift... take time to look at the blessings you have received and gratefully, with prayer, make your decision.
For your convenience, access WeShare from the home page of our website. Here you can make your APA gift by simply clicking on the APA Giving Opportunities tab and then click on recurring donation to “set and forget” for this this year as well as the future.
For those of you who have already made a gift or pledge by sending in your pledge card that you received at home, I thank you for your generosity.As always,

Together with You in Ministry,

Fr. Len

Your gift to the Annual Pastoral Appeal is needed,

appreciated and well used.


To demonstrate your spirit of thanks and
gratitude to God for all His many gifts to you.

To give thanks to God for your faith, your
ability, your health and your family.

To give outward proof of what your Catholic
faith means to you through your example of
personal sacrifice.

To share the spiritual and temporal blessings
that come to those who assist in developing God's work.


Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2017

2016 APA Update

Let the Espiritu Santo
Parish Family be known
not for what it has,
but what it gives...

To date , our parish has
received gifts or pledges
from 684 families out of 4085
registered households.

We are short $119,000
of our $365,000 goal.


No gift is too small and
every gift makes a difference!


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