Catholic CharitiesThe Diocese of Fall River initiated its first Annual Catholic Charities Appeal in 1942. Now, seven decades later, the tens of thousands of yearly supporters can look with pride on the number of individuals and families in need that have been ministered to throughout this period; literally hundreds of thousands of men, women and children throughout all of southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, due to their generosity.
The funds received during the Annual Catholic Charities Appeal support the many charitable ministries and programs sponsored by the Fall River Diocese. Throughout the year these programs touch the lives of tens of thousands of persons, some young, others old; some sick in body, others in spirit; some broken, others confused with nowhere to turn. Without regard to race, creed, nationality, gender, or economic status, the many ministries supported by this annual fund-raising effort reach out to those in need, motivated by God's call to love one another.
In 2012 approximately 31,000 individuals, families, and businesses contributed $4,205,208.12 to the Catholic Charties Appeal. These generous "friends of the needy" are members of the 88 parishes of our Diocese, stretching from Mansfield, Easton, and the Attleboros through the Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford areas, and extending all the way to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. They know full well that the only way to lessen the mental, emotional, and physical suffering of those in need is by giving whatever you can. For those who cannot.