By Shannon Roh
For The Catholic Week
MOBILE – Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi and the Director of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile, Mrs. Shannon D. Roh, have announced that the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal goal is $4,500,000. The basic pledge is $576 per year, which is $48 per month for 12 months. The 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal theme is “We are Called to Give to those in need.” Inspired by St. Matthew’s Gospel, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40.
The parishioners and friends throughout the Archdiocese of Mobile have answered Christ’s Call to Give to those in need throughout the southern half of Alabama for 88 years through their generosity to the annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The appeal supports more than 30 ministries across the Archdiocese of Mobile. These ministries feed the hungry, clothe the naked, assist the elderly and those with disabilities, help a family adopt a child, provide life sustaining medication for those who cannot afford it, strengthen the faith of our youth, minister to the imprisoned, love the abandoned, and even give hope to the unborn. Alabama is the sixth-poorest state in the nation according to alabamapossible.org. In 18 of the 28 counties that make up the Archdiocese of Mobile, 20 percent of the population live below the poverty line. The need is great and your generosity is a blessing to tens of thousands of individuals in mental, physical and spiritual need who receive assistance each year.
The appeal kicked off in early January with Deanery meetings for all pastors and appeal leaders. A letter from Archbishop Rodi was mailed to every Catholic household in the Archdiocese of Mobile on Jan. 11. A personalized pledge envelope was enclosed with the letter. Please confirm that the information on the envelope is correct, add your pledge intention and return this pledge envelope to your parish. Jan. 27 is the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal Sunday. We would like to have all pledges returned by Appeal Sunday. To make your donation online, text CCA to 91999 or visit mobarch.org/giving.
Serving as the archdiocesan chair for the 2019 Catholic Charities appeal is Mrs. Barbara Malone Liddon from St. Columba Parish in Dothan. Mrs. Liddon was born and raised in Dothan. She attended Dothan city schools, Spring Hill College and the University of Alabama. In 1969 she married her high school sweetheart, Mr. William Liddon. Together they have four children, two boys and two girls, all are married and live in Dothan. They are blessed with 13 grandchildren whose ages range from 19 months to 20 years. Barbara worked in accounting, bookkeeping and taxes for more than 30 years with the family retail furniture business. She is a lifelong active member of St. Columba. Over the years she has been involved in CYO, taught religious education classes, served on the parish council and is currently a lector.
By Shannon Roh