#iGiveCatholic is a way to build up the faith

Students at St. Mary Help of Christians School share the excitement of Giving Day in 2019. The diocese is participating in #iGiveCatholic this year on Dec. 1. (Photo provided)

The season of giving has started, and what better way to celebrate than by putting your faith into action through a donation to a Catholic school or ministry?

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone is encouraging people to help their schools and parishes by donating, beginning at midnight tonight and running all day tomorrow — Dec. 1 — as part of #iGiveCatholic, a 24-hour event held in conjunction with Giving Tuesday. The campaign kicks off at the stroke of midnight and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 1. It is designed as a way for people to honor their faith through donations to participating Catholic parishes, schools, programs, and ministries.

“This wonderful day has been set aside to honor the beauty of our faith,” Bishop Guglielmone said in a letter to the faithful. “Many of our schools, programs and ministries are participating.”

In total, this year there are 25 schools and 17 ministries from the Diocese of Charleston that are participating. To see the full list, visit https://charleston.igivecatholic.org.

This will be the first year that the Diocese of Charleston is participating in the #iGiveCatholic campaign. Previously, schools and other ministries held individual donation drives on Giving Tuesday. For example, in 2019, schools in the diocese were No. 2 in the entire country for the amount of donations received, with 24 schools pulling in $92,625 during the 24-hour giving window.

On a national level, in 2019 the initiative raised more than $7.4 million for over 1,700 parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries in 39 U.S. dioceses. Gifts came in from all 50 states and 10 nations.

“In gratitude for all of the blessings that you have been given by God, join me in celebration tomorrow,” Bishop Guglielmone encouraged. “Simply go to https://charleston.igivecatholic.org/  and search for your favorite school, program, or ministry. As a result of your generosity, the ordinary will become extraordinary as our Church, the body of Christ, is empowered and strengthened.”

To learn more about the history of #iGiveCatholic, visit https://charleston.igivecatholic.org/info/faq