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The Special Appeal was initiated in 1975 when a group of parishioners asked if there was something they could do during the holiday season to combat Christmas materialism. It was proposed that we put aside 10% of what we would normally spend on presents and 'adopt' the recipient of the Appeal as our extra family member to whom we give a present.

Proposals from non-profit organizations seeking seed money for new programs are solicited throughout the summer. The Special Appeal committee then meets to review submitted proposals and discern a recipient of the Appeal. During the Christmas season parishioners make donations to this non-profit organization. Some previous recipients of Special Appeal funding are:  Holy Family Parish in Pass Christian, Mississippi, St. Luke's Catholic Mission in Bruce, Mississippi, Global Friends in Action in Sambia, Project Harambee in Kenya, and Hesed House.



Primary Contact: Barry O'Donnell
Phone: 630 615 7613
Volunteers Needed