The Gray House was recently awarded funding in the amount of $21,000 from the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal. The funding will directly support our food assistance program, The Market at Gray House. The program has seen exponential growth in need since the start of the pandemic that we have successfully been able to meet thanks to funding from our community. In 2021, we saw a 37% increase in the average number of people served per month compared to 2020 and a 185% increase compared to 2019. We are grateful to Bishop Willian Byrne, the Allocations Committee and especially to all of the Diocese of Springfield parishioners who contributed so generously to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
The Annual Catholic Appeal was initiated in 1959 to provide for the ever-increasing educational, human, pastoral, and spiritual needs of the people of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. Funds raised through the Appeal enable the Church to implement and administer these and other critical services in a comprehensive framework in order to carry out the work of Jesus Christ.
Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, the Catholic Church of western Massachusetts assists elderly persons in need; families in crisis; people who are homeless, lonely, and vulnerable; youth and young adults; and our parishes and Catholic schools. The Appeal also enables the Church to promote social justice, respect for human life from birth until death, and to communicate with all who seek to hear the teachings of Jesus Christ. For more information, please visit their website.