In Sacramento, Father John Boll, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, has noticed a surge in the number of people asking the parish for help, many on the verge of homelessness.
"The need has increased exponentially," he
"People are asking us for help with PG&E
bills and rent.
They're about to be evicted, or their power is shut off.
We're even getting calls from outside the (parish) area."
noted that 50 percent of the Annual Catholic Appeal's proceeds go to numerous social service programs that are supported by the appeal, 25 percent goes to support formation and education expenses for diocesan seminarians and for building new parishes, and 25 percent is returned to the parishes for their own social service ministries or local community programs.
"There are predictions that another two million people could be losing their jobs," Father Boll
"This economy is going to get worse before it gets better.
So with more people asking for help, we need more people to give.
Maybe people can't afford to give much," he
added, "but if everyone pitches in and gives what they can, we can help a lot of people."