By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

The Diocese of Baton Rouge will  be one of 39 dioceses nationwide participating in #iGiveCatholic, the annual national fundraising day for Catholic organizations.

More than 100 organizations, churches, schools and parishes are scheduled to participate, which is scheduled Dec. 3 from midnight to 11:59 p.m.

One of the organizations participating is St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Baton Rouge. The history cemetery is the burial place for some of the city’s earliest citizens,  including Spanish and French settlers.

The cemetery is facing challenges, including the crumbling of some tombs.

In only its third year in 2018, the diocese $102,272, more than the first two years combined. In 2016, the first year the diocese participated, the total amount of money raised was $47,500, and a year later was $49,675.

The day is called #GivingTuesday, and #iGiveCatholic officials have seen participation grow each year since the event was created and launched by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2015. That year, the archdiocese was the only participant, collecting $1.3 million. Last year, 29 archdioceses and dioceses participated and raised $5.6 million.

“As Catholics, we are taught that we are responsible for all gifts we have been entrusted with, and we are compelled to give back from our gratitude and stewardship of those gifts,” said Cory Howat, president of #iGiveCatholic, who is executive director of the Catholic Community Foundation for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

“From a personal and ‘cradle Catholic’ perspective, the impact I see this program has on the church, especially in our mission dioceses and most rural parishes and schools, is inspiring,” he added.

Visit https://batonrouge.igivecatholic.org to find a list of participants and to donate. 

Catholic News Service contributed to this report.