Bishop Bevard's Calendar

Bishop Bevard’s Calendar
Friday, May 25, 9 a.m., Ss. Peter and Paul School kindergarten graduation, Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Thomas
Saturday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., Confirmation Mass, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, St. Thomas
Sunday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., Confirmation Mass, Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Thomas
Thursday, May 31, 6 p.m., Ss. Peter and Paul High School graduation, University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas

Bishop’s Appeal 2012
The Bishop's Appeal 2012 collected $142,838 or 54% of its $291,000 goal from 437 donors as of May 17.
Catholic schools and parishes in the Virgin Islands introduced the Bishop’s Appeal 2012 on the first weekend of Lent, February 25-26. This year’s campaign focuses on the theme “Working Together for the Kingdom of God.”
The Bishop’s Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign designed to meet major needs within the diocese. Through this campaign, the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands generates vital financial support for the needy served by Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands, the hundreds of children who attend the four Catholic schools in the territory, and evangelization projects throughout the diocese.
Brochures are available at all parishes. All money raised stays in the territory.
Catholic Charities
The Bishop’s Appeal 2012 is committed to helping Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands (CCVI) bring help and hope to those who are less fortunate and have nowhere else to turn. CCVI has provided emergency food, clothing, shelter, counseling, medical, psychological and social services to our homeless and needy.
Catholic Schools
The Bishop’s Appeal 2012 will provide valuable assistance to our four Catholic schools. Tuition alone does not completely cover the actual costs of educating a student. The Bishop’s Appeal 2012 will help by providing funds for tuition assistance, textbooks, science lab supplies and other programs for the students. With this support, nearly 900 students this year alone will receive a strong foundation for a lifetime of faith, achievement and service.
The campaign’s evangelization and outreach efforts include the operation and maintenance of Light of Christ Retreat Center on St. Croix, the home of many seminars for youth, deacons, music ministers, teachers, etc. The appeal also assists with Catholic media, specifically, the operation of the two local Catholic television stations and the publication of the monthly Catholic Islander. It likewise supports outreaches by the diocesan Office for Youth Ministries. In addition, it also assists in the formation of future priests for the diocese and other needs within the diocese.
Parish Totals and Goals
The parish totals as of May 17 were as follows:
Holy Cross Church, St. Croix                               $27,440 or 51% of its $56,000 goal
Holy Family Church, St. Thomas                           $26,403 or 69% of its $40,000 goal
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. John             $10,395 or 55% of its $19,000 goal
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, St. Thomas   $13,345 or 48% of its $35,000 goal
St. Ann Church, St. Croix                                      $16,125 or 44% of its $40,000 goal
St. Anne Chapel, St. Thomas                                 $12,273 or 101% of its $13,000 goal
St. Joseph Church, St. Croix                                  $6,650 or 46% of its $16,000 goal
St. Patrick Church, St. Croix                                  $11,815 or 59% of its $22,000 goal
Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Thomas               $18,391 or 47% of its $50,000 goal