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CMA report

June 14th, 2010, Promulgated by Mike

As Dr. K reported last Friday, DOR’s 2009-10 Catholic Ministry Appeal drew to a close at the end of May, some $300 K short of its goal.  While this year’s CMA attracted about 500 fewer parish-registered donors than last year’s, the donors it did attract were more generous, with this year’s average parishioner gift running at $152, while last year’s stood at $139. No doubt DOR’s increased emphasis on stewardship had something to do with this.

41 parishes met or exceeded their assessments (35 last year), with the median excess collected being $1,218 ($1,198 last year). 84 parishes came up short this year (94 last year), with the median shortfall being $5,761 ($6,100 last year).

Most parishes that were over-subscribed last year were in the black by a similar amount this year.  Similarly, most parishes that came up short last year were short a similar amount this year.

The only big surprise I could find was St. Lawrence Parish in Greece:  Last year they exceeded their assessment by $451.  This year, however, they fell some $38,000 short.

After the close of last year’s CMA effort DOR fired the very popular principal of St. Lawrence School.  Apparently, the diocese didn’t like the way he held them to their promises vis-a-vis school staffing.  Or perhaps they didn’t care for his poetry. Whatever, his forced departure doesn’t seem to have set very well with more than a few St. Lawrence parishioners.

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One Response to “CMA report”

  1. Dr. K says:

    No doubt DOR’s increased emphasis on stewardship had something to do with this.

    Perhaps showing the music video during Mass was a success? 🙂

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