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CMA Masses recognize parishioners’ generosity

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

ARCHDIOCESE — Archbishop Daniel E Pilarczyk thanked the faithful who gave their time, talent and treasure towards the success of the 2009 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) at three recent Masses of Thanksgiving.

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Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk celebrates Mass at Holy Redeemer Parish in New Bremen on Aug. 2 in recognition of the area’s generosity to the Catholic Ministries Appeal. (CT/E.L. Hubbard)

The prayer intentions the archbishop has received over the past several months were offered at three liturgies — July 19 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains; Aug. 2 at Holy Redeemer Parish, New Bremen; and Aug. 9 at Ascension Parish, Dayton.

The 2009 CMA received an average gift of $104 from 166,073 parishioners at 230 parishes throughout the archdiocese. Proceeds from the campaign assist ministries education for seminarians, deacons and lay pastoral ministers; Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio; chaplains for hospitals and prisons; college campus ministries; St. Rita School for the Deaf; and the Retired Archdiocesan Priests Fund.

Michael Vanderburgh, director of the archdiocesan Department Stewardship, called the results of this year’s CMA “a hope-filled expression of faith on the part of parishioners.”

A short cookies and punch reception followed Mass at each location.

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