The Catholic Ministries Appeal encouraged the community to give what they can.
The annual "Thanks Giving Appeal" raises money to support diocesan-wide ministries and outreach.
The Catholic Ministries Appeal is one of the largest fund-raisers in the community that the Diocese says affects the spiritual life of more than 110,000 local households.
While the Rochester Diocese awaits the selection of a 9th Bishop to succeed Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark, who actually started this CMA appeal more than 30 years ago. Bishop of Syracuse and Apostolic Administrator of the Rochester Diocese Robert Cunningham is leading the way and announced this year's Catholic Ministries Appeal goal of $5.875 million.
"When you make the appeal, there are different phases of the appeal that appeal to different people," Bishop Cunningham said. "So I think that they just have to decide, 'Is this something I really want to support? How can I support this as well as with other responsibilities to my parish, to my family, to my community?' I think people just have to decide that themselves really."
Last year, 30,000 donors pledged more than $5.4 million. The money raised helps fund ministries for every Catholic in the Diocese, which covers 12 counties. Donations support Catholic Charities, parish support, pastoral planning and faith formation. It is not used to pay for legal settlements related to sexual abuse cases.
The Rochester Diocese said last year alone, this effort helped educate close to 25,000 children and assisted 250,000 people through Catholic Charities programs and services.
Three priests and seven deacons were also ordained.