BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — For decades, the Diocese of Buffalo would mark Palm Sunday with a special Catholic Charities donation collection. It is called "Appeal Sunday".
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the special collection for the annual appeal will not be taking place. But the church reminds the community that you still can contribute via mail or online.
Church officials tell us $3,759,332.70 has been raised for Catholic Charities. Those contributions represent about 38% of this year's $10 million goal.
"Your gifts have taken on new meaning as we continue to see an increase in demand for vital community services during this unprecedented time. Our strength is our mission and we remain clearly focused and motivated on those who may have bigger worries than we do. We are all in this together for the good of our community both now and into the future."
The annual Catholic Charities Appeal helps fund 51 programs and services in the eight counties of Western New York.
In 2019, the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities benefited more than 160,000 people.
This year's Catholic Charities appeal runs through June 30.
You can watch a special broadcast of Palm Sunday Mass from Saint Patrick's Cathedral on7ABC.