Bishop’s Faith Appeal 2018-03-15T15:16:53+00:00

Our Stewardship Prayer

O God, Loving Creator and Source of all that we have, thank you for the many gifts you have given your people, our parishes and the Diocese of Beaumont. Grant us the spirit of true Christian Stewardship so we may carry out Your Mission. Open our minds to the Gospel Message. Open our hearts to conversion.Open our hands that we might freely share the gifts you have bestowed upon us. May sorrow, conflict and poverty be diminished in our Diocese because we have responded in Christ-like love and generosity. Gracious God, send us your Spirit to accompany us on our Journey to Stewardship. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


“I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.

Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.”

– Philippians 4: 13-14

Thank You For Sharing In Our Need

We give thanks to our God at our every remembrance of our generous stewards, our pastors, parish leaders and all those who partner with us in grace to carry out the work of Jesus through diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.  We pray always with joy in our hearts at our every thought of them. Remembering how they have helped us to spread the Good News. We are confident the One who began this good work in them will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

He has empowered us

God empowers each of us through the beautiful sacraments of the Church and its caring ministry.  He empowers us through the talents and skills He has instilled in each of us as His loving creations. He empowers us through the thousands of blessings we receive throughout our lifetime from family, friends, teachers, mentors, neighbors, employers, and even strangers. He empowers us with different and varied graces.  But, with this empowerment comes an expectation.

In times of distress

This year’s appeal theme comes from Paul’s letter thanking the community at Philippi for being his “partners in grace” – both in hardships and in the confirmation of the Gospel.  We, like the Philippians, have also been partners in Grace this past year sharing each other’s hardships while living out the Gospel. Your gifts empowered Catholic Charities to reach out to the distressed and devastated as they dealt with the hardships of Harvey.  Your gifts empowered our Hispanic, African American, Criminal Justice, and Family Life to serve despite Harvey’s ravaging flood waters.

Strengthened for Everything

Some of our people have faced serious loss because of the storm. So, those of us who have been spared are being called to do more – to give even more generously.  And if you have never given before, we hope you will see how much your gift is needed this year.  It will help our ministries – like those to the sick, to the grieving, to the vulnerable – continue and grow stronger as they serve more than 110,000 individuals.  God strengthens us for everything, but often he does it through the kindness of others.

Sharing the empowerment

Our Lord expects us, as good Stewards, to share these gifts and blessings. Never were they meant to be kept for ourselves alone.  Instead they were meant to be shared with those in need of God’s many and varied graces. Join with your diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas as they empower others through their works. See your blessings increase as new aspirants enter the diaconate and then go on to serve in our communities.  Watch as your gifts to the 2018 Bishop’s Faith Appeal help Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry keep our young people grounded in their faith and practicing it long after they leave home.

Will you be kind enough to share? 


2018 BFA Chairs

Diocesan Chairs

Diocesan Chairs Jean and James Phelan
Priest Chair Fr. Antony Paulose, C.M.I.
New Participation Chairs Erika and Bryan Johnson
Honorary Chairs Loyce and Don Pumphrey

Parish Chairs

Parish Name
Our Mother of Mercy – Ames  Kathleen Turner
Our Mother of Mercy – Ames  Gail Sandles
Our Lady of Light – Anahuac
St. Anthony – Beaumont Deborah & Bill Gier
St. Anne – Beaumont Therese and Joe Herink
St. Anne – Beaumont Amy & Ed Nash
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Lisa Ford
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Sandra Abbage
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Paul Montes
Our Lady of the the Assumption – Beaumont Dolores DeBlanc
Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont Sonya K. Donato
Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont Phillip Johnson
Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont Yvonne Jenkins
Cristo Rey – Beaumont  Juvenal & Gloria Arellano
St. Joseph – Beaumont Linda Le
St. Pius X – Beaumont  Debbie & Tommy Ellison
Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont Jackie Simien
St. Jude Thaddeus – Beaumont  Jennifer & Danny Sieve
St. Henry – Bridge City Sam and Peggy Biddle
St. Martin – Cheek Lely & Esteban Lopez
Our Lady of Sorrows – China  Carolyn Hardy
St. Mary – Cleveland  Cindy Chapman
St. Mary – Cleveland Edie Lang
St. Martin de Porres – Corrigan
St. Joseph the Worker – Dayton Richard Till
St. Anne – Eastgate Gaudalupe Cabrera
St. Mary – Fannett Candy Melancon
Immaculate Conception – Groves Julie Hebert
Immaculate Conception – Groves Heather Tesch
St. Peter – Groves Tasha Smith
St. Peter – Groves Pat Moreno
St. Peter – Groves Tammy & Bobby Mouton
St. Michael – Jasper Dcn. Bill & Regina Lawrence
Our Lady of LaSalette – Kirbyville Beverly & Mack Hall
Holy Spirit – Kountze  Cindy Westin
Immaculate Conception – Liberty Tania Robles
Immaculate Conception – Liberty Suzie Vestal
St. Joseph – Livingston Randy Yackley
St. Joseph – Livingston Bob Ruiz
Infant Jesus – Lumberton
St. Maurice – Mauriceville Stacy & Kevin Menard
Holy Trinity – Mont Belvieu Rose Marshall
Holy Trinity – Mont Belvieu Lydia Schneider
St. Charles – Nederland
St. Mary – Orange Gilbert Mozzola
St. Therese – Orange  Shirley Ray
St. Therese – Orange  Robert Gobert
St. Therese – Orange  Cindy Hampton
St. Francis – Orange  Diana Breaux
St. Helen – Orangefield Kim and Roger McNeil
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Dana McComber
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Ricardo Serna
St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur Linda Johnson
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur Marc Owens
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur Lilia Vega
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur Gilberto Collazos
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur Marisol Barajas
Sacred Heart/St. Mary – Port Arthur Margaret Taylor
Sacred Heart/St. Mary – Port Arthur Herbert James
St. Catherine – Port Arthur Al & Vickie Judice
St. James – Port Arthur  Marla King
St. John – Port Arthur
St. Joseph – Port Arthur Albert “Chuck” Elizondo
St. Joseph – Port Arthur Cynthia & Torivio Gonzalez
Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur Dung Kim Nguyen
Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur Rev. Thu Nguyen, CMR
Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur Thang Ngoc Vu
Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur Carol Vui Pham
St. Elizabeth – Port Neches  Brent Guidry
St. Raymond – Rayburn Dcn. Glen & Peggy Hebert
Sacred Heart – Raywood Trina Lemond
Sacred Heart – Raywood Effie Sharp
St. Mark – Silsbee  Virginia Martinson
Our Lady of Victory – Sour Lake Paula Morganti
Our Lady of Lourdes – Vidor Stephen Sellers
St. Louis – Winnie
Our Lady of the Pines – Woodville Mr. and Mrs. David (Jessie) Day

The Appeal- Intercessions/Petitions

Throughout the course of the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please use at least one of the following petitions each weekend. Please make these available now to your liturgists and lectors.

Advance Gift Phase:

As believers in Him, may we consider the many gifts that God has given us and use them to serve one another as we answer our baptismal call.

We pray…

Education Weekend:

That all of us may demonstrate an understanding that we represent the Catholic Church to the Southeast Texas community so that we may bring about a community based in justice and mercy.

We pray …

Commitment Weekend:

That we may demonstrate our belief in the Holy Spirit as the Source of all our gifts.  That we may do this by allowing our gifts to flow into the greater community through our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities.

We pray …

Follow-up Weekend:

That we may answer God’s call to carry the Gospel message to the poor, the lost, the vulnerable and the unchurched acting as one faith community, believing in Him as the Source of all that we have and are.

We pray …

Follow-up Weekends:

We ask that we may always be hospitable to one another, including the stranger among us, without complaining, and serve one another as good Stewards of our many gifts realizing that all those gifts have their Source in Him.

We pray …

Throughout the Year:

That as we deepen our commitment to the Gospel message, we come to understand that Stewardship is a way of life for those who believe in Him.

We pray …


Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements


Next weekend, we will be asked to make a commitment to support our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through our prayers and our financial gifts.  We do this each year through our Bishop’s Faith Appeal.  This year’s theme is “I have the strength for everything through him whom empowers me. Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress. It is taken from Philippians 4:13-14. Imagine a community where none are in distress – where no one goes hungry, where all feel welcomed, where those who mourn are comforted and where those who are lost learn of the healing love of Jesus.  All of this can come from sharing in their distress through each of us as we share our gifts. Know that our diocesan ministries are already doing much to bring about such a community through their work.  And if you and I join them through our support, they can do much more.  Please take the time this week to learn about their work by reading the Appeal materials that are being provided to you today and by reading the latest edition of our East Texas Catholic Newspaper. If our parish exceeds its goal, the overage is returned to the parish. We have decided that the average funds this year will be used to _______________________ in our parish .


Today is the day that Bishop Guillory and our parish ask(ed) for your support for 2018 Bishop’s Faith Appeal. Our theme this year I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress – is a reminder that we are strengthened to share in others’ distress here in Southeast Texas  and to the larger community by supporting diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas by making a prayer and financial commitment today.  Those ministries help to feed the hungry through our own Hospitality Center in Port Arthur. They support marriages through our Family Life Ministry’s many retreats. And they evangelize to the young through Diocesan Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry at Lamar. That’s just a small part of what they do to build an empowered community that extends help.  Remember, God asks that your gift only be proportional to what you have been given. Your BFA parish team and Father (Msgr.) have already made their pledges. Please make your prayer and financial commitment this week.

FOLLOW -UP WEEKEND – February 10-11

If you have not made your gift to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please prayerfully consider doing so. Our hospitality ministers are again passing out the Pew-Pledge Envelopes and the Spiritual Pledge/Intention Cards. They are also passing out our Pew Art Cards, so our little ones can draw a prayer pledge for our ministries. The Appeal continues to be necessary because many needs in our diocese cannot be effectively met by the individual Christian or by our local parish alone. Currently, our diocesan ministries are facing increased requests for their work. They need your help to respond to these requests. We thank everyone who has pledged to the 2018 Appeal. If you have not made a pledge, we ask you to pray to the Holy Spirit as you consider your blessings. Then we ask you to make a proportional and intentional gift of your treasure and your prayer time to the appeal based on your current circumstances this year. We understand many of you have seen a change in your circumstances. Know our prayers are with you. We ask you to share what you can. Think about this: if you have not suffered from hunger, you are better off than many U.S. citizens who live in deep poverty. Some of them are your neighbors here in Southeast Texas. We ask that you make a pledge to the appeal, as an expression of your gratitude for your many blessings.

2nd FOLLOW-UP WEEKEND – February 17-18

On behalf of Bishop Guillory and the more than 110,000 individuals who are served by our diocesan ministries, I thank all those who have pledged to this year’s Bishop’s Faith Appeal. If you have not made a financial and prayer pledge, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so. Pledge envelopes and Spiritual Pledge/Intention cards are available in the pews.

 3rd FOLLOW-UP WEEKEND – February 24-25



Contact Information

Physical Address
710 Archie Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Telephone: (409) 924-4300

Office phone
(409) 924-4300 x4302

Fax number
(409) 838-4511


Bishop's Faith Appeal funds are used to support the Ministries of the Diocese of Beaumont benefiting our local community.