Friday, January 15, 2016
WHILE SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH IN MACON HAS DECLINED BY HALF ITS POPULATION IN THE LAST 17 YEARS, WE ARE STILL NUMBER ONE IN PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPATION OF OUR HOUSEHOLDS!
While we have declined by half in the number of our registered household since 1999, we have the highest level of participation in our diocese in churches larger than us or the same size. WE ARE NUMBER ONE, NUMERO UNO IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPATION AND NO OTHER PARISH COMES CLOSE TO US IN OUR CATEGORY!!!!!!
The Bishop's Annual Appeal is the best way to see reality and here is the ranking in our diocese in terms of numbers of household and the number who contribute to the BAA:
St. Joseph has 993 households and 503 gave to the bishop or 50.56% of our households which is phenomenal I say, just phenomenal and there is no other parish our size or larger that has this figure of percentage of participation! Our goal, based on offertory for the previous year was $136,486 and we pledged $145,581!
But here is the ranking according to household numbers of our 8 largest parishes starting with the largest parish and working down. I include their households, how many gave to the bishop and the percentage who gave. Please note we are last in number of households but first in percentage of participation!:
#1. St. Teresa, Augusta: 2,108; 306 gave; 17.08% of parish!
#2. St. Mary on the Hill, Augusta: 1,851; 606 gave; 32.70% of the parish!
#3. St. James, Savannah: 1,1612; 353 gave; 21.90% of the parish!
#4. St. Anne, Columbus: 1,596; 434 gave; 27.19% of parish!
#5. Cathedral, Savannah: 1,275; 279 gave; 21.38% of the parish!
#6. Sacred Heart, Warner Robins: 1,154; 438 gave; 37.09% of the parish!
#7. St. Anne, Richmond Hill: 1,041; 252 gave; 24.21% of the parish!
#8. St. Joseph, Macon: 993; 503 gave; 50.56% of the parish gave!!!!!!
While we are #8 in terms of households of the 8 largest parishes in the diocese, we are #1 in terms of percentage of households giving to the Bishop's Annual Appeal, 50.56% of my parishioners! NO OTHER PARISH COMES CLOSE TO THIS PERCENTAGE!!!!