Helping Fulfill God's Mandate

It was challenging to choose these scripture verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament because the Bible has so many references to our mandate to serve the poor.  Catholic Charities’ Bridging the Gap Program is designed in some ways to fulfill this mandate  This program has been part of our mission since our earliest days as an agency long before the Catholic Diocese of Lexington was even formed.  It is important vital work of the Church.
In 2017, 442 families received assistance from the Bridging the Gap Program.  What does that mean?  It too is difficult to capture in words.  Each day always begins with a prayer that God will lead our efforts.  According to the receptionist at the Catholic Center, the Bridging the Gap Program receives more calls each day than any other staff member at the Catholic Center!  This statistic is said with pride – it means that people in need know that the Catholic faith community can and will respond to their needs so they reach out to us for assistance.   
Who are the "needy” that come to the Catholic Center?  They are quite diverse – elderly, middle aged and the young, fathers, mothers, grandparents, single people, and married couples.  Catholic Charities serves people with disabilities or life-altering illnesses, people who are employed fulltime and those who are unemployed or recently laid off from their jobs.  People of every religious background and ethnicity seek assistance for their basic needs.    
"Bob”, a man in his 50s, was referred to the Bridging the Gap Program by Cardinal Hill Hospital.  He had suffered a serious stroke and was recovering at Cardinal Hill.  Bob was very worried about losing his apartment since he could not pay his rent.  He was a truck driver all of his life but was forced to apply for disability after his stroke.  It takes a very long time to be approved for disability and Bob did not have any income while he waited for his benefits to go through.  With everything he had to deal with including kidney failure as a result of his stroke, it was good to be able to lift the financial stress of paying his rent.  Catholic Charities used the funds that come from donors all over the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and the Annual Appeal to help him. 
Another recent case served by Catholic Charities is an example of how a crisis can leave a family on the brink of homelessness.  A very serious car accident left "Steven”, a father of four, seriously injured and a child in the family on the brink of death.  It may have been something you read in the paper where you thought "Thank God everyone survived that terrible accident”.  What is often forgotten is that an accident like this has many other ramifications.  This family was left with no income when the father’s injuries prevented him from returning to his job for over six months as he recovered.  "Carol”, the mother in the household, was left to care for her husband and son as they recovered from extensive injuries as well as her other three children.  With no income they worried they would lose their housing in the midst of this crisis.  Catholic Charities extended financial support to maintain them in their home during this crisis.  
Heartfelt thanks to all our donors who help us live out God’s mandate to care for the needy.  Our 442 families can’t thank you personally so we extend it to you on their behalf.  You ease their suffering and let them know that God is always with them even in their darkest times.
 - Debbie Goonan, Director of Catholic
   Charities’ Bridging the Gap Program


Announcing the Community Response Coalition

Catholic Charities is proud to announce our participation in a community-wide response in lending aid to families impacted by enhanced immigration actions. Families, and specifically children, are finding their lives in shambles as their families are abruptly torn apart. The newly-formed "Community Response Coalition” will offer a multifaceted approach to assuring that impacted families are met with love and compassion. 

Our Mission Statement:​​
        We are a diverse coalition united to provide community support to   
        Central Kentucky families impacted by immigration enforcement.

        Our volunteer efforts will focus on Community Resources, Detention 
        Services, Legal Services, and Protection Services.  We will work to establish 
        relationships and build trust with our immigrant communities so that our 
        services are accessible when needed.
YOU can:
       Donate money to fund these efforts.
       Volunteer to serve on one if the Committees, 
       especially if you are fluent in Spanish or other languages.   
       Make suggestions and recommendations about needs that you see.
       Search out and use reliable sources of information about immigrants.

The role of Catholic Charities in this collaboration will be to provide assistance to immigrant families in accessing community resources. Please contact Cindy Vogelsang at for more information.


What is a Charitable Bequest?

 As Catholics, we know that material items entrusted to us in this world are gifts from God.  Faith-filled estate planning    not only cares for your family but for the whole community.  The legacy you leave can be encouraging and even inspiring when considering a Charitable Bequest in your estate plan.

What is a Charitable Bequest?                        
A Charitable Bequest directs a monetary gift, written in a
How to Make a Charitable Bequest?
With the help of an attorney or financial advisor. will or trust, to be made to a qualified exempt charity when you pass away.   
Ways to Make a Bequest:                                                                                               
*  a percentage of your estate
*  a specific asset (land, stock, etc.)
*  the residue of your estate
*  a specific dollar amount
What are the Benefits of a Charitable Bequest?  
With a careful plan, a Charitable Bequest can:  
* enable you to further the good work of an organization 
    long after you are gone
* save estate taxes by providing your estate with a
    charitable deduction for the value of the gift
* allow your family to avoid paying income taxes on the
    assets they receive from your estate.

When preparing your estate plan, please prayerfully consider naming Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, Inc. with a Charitable Bequest.  It is a wonderful way to pass on your Catholic faith to future generations.

A Divine Affair
An Evening with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington

June 8, 2018
7:00 - 11:00 PM
The Mane on Main, Downtown Lexington

Learn more and purchase tickets at
or call (859) 253-1993 x 213

Can't attend?  Register online to bid on silent auction items.

Lexington Office:

1310 West Main Street Lexington, KY 40508-2048
Phone: (859) 253-1993 - Fax: (859) 255-1134

Prestonsburg Office:

60 Martha's Vineyard Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone & Fax: (606)874-9170