Christ Cathedral Parish is part of the Diocese of Orange under the leadership of Bishop Kevin Vann. Every year we have an opportunity to support the overall work of the Diocese of Orange through the Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA). The administrative and pastoral offices of the Diocese of Orange provide the infrastructure, support and training that are the foundations for our local parish ministries. I am once again inviting you to support this work of the diocese through your participation in the 2019 PSA. The theme, “We Are One”, reminds us that as a parish and as the Church, we are one in faith, one in love, and one in service as the Body of Christ.
Our 2019 diocesan goal is $172,000.00. A wonderful feature of the PSA is that all monies collected over our diocesan goal are returned to the parish 100%. With this in mind, it gives me great joy to announce plans to create a first ever “Youth Center” in the Christ Cathedral Academy building. A special area is being designed for youth to gather on the second floor of the academy. There will be a youth office and additional space for youth activities. Developing these areas is being done in conjunction with the hiring of our new Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Cole Hauso. To help fund this project, a parish goal of $53,000 above the diocesan goal is being set. This brings the total goal for the 2019 PSA to $225,000, which includes the diocesan goal of $172,000 and the parish goal of $53,000 for the youth project.
Our PSA Pledge Weekend is February 9-10, when you will have an opportunity to make a pledge to be paid over the next 10 months. Please consider what portion of your financial resources you will share to support the diocese and our youth project. A proportionate gift may mean $1,000 for some, $500 for others, $300 for others or any other amount. Though we each have different financial resources, we all have something. Whatever you can share is greatly appreciated.
This year’s PSA gives us a wonderful opportunity to expand our ministry to the youth of Christ Cathedral. Thank you so much for your continued generosity in supporting our efforts to bring the Lord’s life and love to them and to our world.
Together in faith,
Very Rev. Christopher H. Smith, Rector