Special Appeal

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.

Because the Catholic Campaign for Human Development takes place at the same time of year as our Special Appeal, St. Raphael Parish conducts one collection only. Two-thirds of this collection is allocated to the recipient of the Special Appeal and one-third of this collection is allocated for the Campaign for Human Development

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.


Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com