Fall River Diocese Catholic Charities Appeal Breaks Donation Record

Catholic Charities Fall RiverFALL RIVER – For the second straight year, the Fall River Diocese Annual Catholic Charities Appeal raised a record amount of money.

The 2016 Appeal, which ran from May 1 to June 30, brought in $4.63 million dollars which was an increase of $97,000 from last year’s record.

The money raised will be used to fund the charitable works of the diocese which covers Southern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.

The Catholic churches on Cape Cod and the Islands raised over $1.58 million.

More than 32,000 individuals and businesses made donations through the 82 parishes.

“We are enormously grateful for the hard work and week by week advocacy that our pastors and parish leaders put into this annual Appeal,” said Jim Campbell, diocesan director of the Catholic Charities Appeal office, in a released statement. “Without their example and the strong message of encouragement from our Bishop, we would have far less success.”

This was the second year of the Appeal under Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha. Last year’s Appeal saw an increase in donations of $300,000 from the 2014 Appeal.

Forty-four parishes had an increase over their total raised in 2015, with seven exceeding increases of 20 percent. There were two parishes which saw donations increase by more than 40 percent.

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