The money raised by Fruitful Harvest goes to a variety of programs designed to help members of the Church within our diocese and worldwide. More specifically, they go to:
Priest and Retired Priest's Benefits (not including priests at the Central Administration)
Retired priests' direct financial assistance
Tuition for Priests' Graduate studies
Priests' wellness program
Priests' medical costs not covered by insurance
Retired priests' Medicare supplement insurance
Retired priests' medical insurance (prescriptions, etc.)
Poor Clare's medical insurance, net of reimbursement
Subsidy of Priests' Retreats and Programs
Parish and other Programs in our Diocese
Parish building inspections and other building expenses not reimbursed by the parish
John XXII Center expenses paid by Diocese
Newman Centers at Wabash College, Purdue University, and Ball State University
Frassiti Society (Carmel Deanery)
Assistance to Pregnant Women - 8 pregnancy/birthright centers in our Diocese
Subsidized cost of Pre-Cana (counseling prior to marriage)
Natural Family Planning Programs
Costs of Hispanic Ministry Programs (including migrant programs)
Church in Latin America
Black and Indian Mission
Catholic University of america
National Organizations Donations
National Catholic Rural Life
Catholic Youth Foundation
National Committee for the Human Life Amendment
National Association of Catholic chaplains
Sisters of St. Francis
Archdiocese for the Military Services
CLINIC - Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Catholic Campus Ministries
Catholic Radio - Indianapolis
National Catholic Bioethics Center
National Religious Vocations
Fey y Vida Ministry
Direct Overseas Assistance
Diocesan Office benefiting Parishes and Vocations (these offices are at the Pastoral Center)
Worship and RCIA
All offices and their staff in the Bishop's Office are supported by Fruitful Harvest
Office for Administration
Pastoral Office for Stewardship and Development
Vicar General's Assistant
All employees in the Bishop's Office are paid by Fruitful Harvest dollars, with the exception of the Office for Communication, who produces the Catholic Moment newspaper; they are paid and supported by subscriptions and advertising.
The Catholic Church is a Tripartite Church made up of the Parish, the Local Church, and the Universal Church. Parishes, under the guidance of the Pastor, are funded by the weekly collection made every Sunday. The Local Church - or Diocese - is under the guidance of the Bishop and used to be funded by a tax on the money raised for the Parishes, which was given to the Parish with the intent that it was going to stay within the Parish. And the Universal Church, which is under the guidance of The Holy Father Pope Francis, receives it's funding from the Local Church.
In 1983, it was realized that this method of taking "old money" from the parishes in order to fund the Local and Universal Church was strangling our Diocese. A year later, the first Fruitful Harvest Campaign was launched as a better way of funding the Local and Universal Church. This method of raising "new money" for the Diocese has proved effective and lets money raised by the Parish to stay within the Parish.
As Catholics, we are not congregationalists, we have a duty to provide for members of our Diocese and the worldwide Church. Fruitful Harvest allows us to do this.
A parish's goal is determined by its size and offertory income relative to the entire Local Church. The parish goal is determined by two criteria: 1) the number of families as a percentage of the total number of families in the Local Church, and 2) the parish offertory income as a percentage of the total offertory income of the Local Church. The two numbers are then applied in relation to the overall campaign goal, added, and divided by two to arrive at the parish goal for a particular campaign.
A 10% rebate to each parish is included in the overall Fruitful Harvest goal. The remaining 90% represents that portion of the 2-year operating budget for the Local Church to be funded by Fruitful Harvest, and it is this amount which parishes are guaranteeing.
In the first four campaigns, parishes guaranteed 100% of the goal and were required to make up the difference using parish funds. Since Fruitful Harvest V, there has been no "make-up" payment for parishes that reach at least 90% of their goal in paid pledges. However, campaign policy continues to require that a parish achieve 100% of goal in paid pledges in order to receive a 10% rebate.
A "dovetail" parish is one that has received permission to conduct a parish stewardship fundraising campaign concurrently with Fruitful Harvest. The parish drive is generally for capital needs associated with building construction or major debt reduction. To avoid the confusion and complexity of conducting two separate, simultaneous fundraising campaigns, the parish capital stewardship fundraising campaign is "dovetailed" into Fruitful Harvest.
When a parish is granted "dovetail" status, it guarantees its full Fruitful Harvest goal and receives no rebate, but 100% of the overage is returned to the parish quarterly as soon as the parish goal has been reached.
A financial accounting for the Diocese is published each fall as an insert in The Catholic Moment and is mailed to every Catholic household in Northcentral Indiana. In addition the Fruitful Harvest staff and the members of the Bishop's Cabinet are also available to respond to your questions regarding the Campaign.
Call 765-742-7000 or 800-617-7466
Fruitful Harvest Office,
PO Box 1687
Lafayette, IN 47902-1687
Seven special collections are funded through Fruitful Harvest: Indian and Black Missions, Holy Land (Good Friday), Peter's Pence, Latin America Cooperative, Catholic University, the Catholic Communications Campaign, and Home Missions. Several others are mandated which cannot be funded through Fruitful Harvest: Religious Retirement Fund, Propagation of the Faith, Catholic Overseas Relief, World Mission Sunday, and the Campaign for Human Development.
Much of the diocesan share of Fruitful Harvest overage has been used to fund a just pension program for lay employees of the Local Church. In past, pension benefits for lay retirees were virtually non-existent. The Church also has been able to make modest additions to the investment portfolio. Most years, Fruitful Harvest funds about 55% of the total operating budges; the remainder comes from investment income and various other sources such as fees, direct bequests, and the like. Investing some of the Local Church's share of overage helps lessen the burden on Fruitful Harvest income and helps keep increases in the goal to a minimum.
Also, overage money is used for the purchase of land for new parishes and has allowed the Central Administration to respond to previously unforeseen and unbudgeted expenses such as asbestos abatement, unfunded mandates, care for infirmed priests, support for pastoral year interns, extended Hispanic Ministry, and pledges to seminary campaigns.
From the beginning, it was intended that overage from this diocesan campaign be shared with parishes, and all parishes receive 50% overage share as a matter of Fruitful Harvest policy. In Fruitful Harvest III, Bishop Higi elected to return to parishes with schools an additional 42% of overage to be placed in parochial school trusts. His intention was to encourage and hasten the growth of these trusts so that, in time, the interest income earned would provide additional revenues to benefit Catholic Schools.
The original plan for Fruitful Harvest was for the parishes and the Local Church to share any overage money equally: 50% to the parish and 50% to the Local Church. Both entities were free to use those funds for expansion of programs, necessary repairs or renovations, and/or unforeseen or unbudgeted "emergencies." Beginning in Fruitful Harvest III, Bishop Higi elected to use most of the share allotted to the Local Church to increase the amount of overage sharing available to parishes with schools from 50% to 92%. The additional 42% was to be paid to a parochial school trust.
The 8% of overage retained by the Bishop's Office is used to help pay administrative costs, such as for personnel to coordinate the campaign, develop materials, and respond to requests from parishes for information and assistance. The 8% also helps to pay for the printing of campaign materials, such as pledge cards, information packets, posters, case statements, stationary, etc. as well as ongoing campaign expenses such as the mailing of monthly statements. It was initially intended that the marginal 8% of overage retained also be used to help fund ongoing endowment and development efforts.