Annual Report

We invite you to view/download our 2017 Annual Report (PDF) to the People of the Diocese of Metuchen for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017. 


 A letter from The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Pope Francis humbly proclaims the Gospel message through his audiences, addresses and homilies. In April 2013, he was quoted as saying:
“...it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us; but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others...Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
With these inspiring words, our Holy Father captured the essence of Christian stewardship. As disciples, we regard all that we are and all that we possess as gifts and blessings, and realize the need to share these blessings with others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
By opening your heart in generous support of the Diocese of Metuchen, you share in the ministries of prayer and worship,
education and service, social concerns and works of charity that would not be possible without your financial commitment.
As the recipient of your generosity, the Diocese of Metuchen is responsible for careful management of the gifts you have entrusted to us. It is a responsibility we take very seriously and we are committed to the highest standards of good stewardship and accountability.
The Department of Temporal Affairs is charged with handling the day-to-day financial matters of the diocese as a whole, as well as providing support and services to parishes and diocesan agencies relating to the business aspects of their operations. All diocesan program and office budgets are carefully reviewed to ensure that they reflect the mission of the Church and are making the most prudent use of our financial resources. Our Diocesan Finance Council, whose members include regional business leaders, oversees major financial and budgetary decisions. And each year, the financial statement of the diocese undergoes an audit by an independent public accounting firm.
In addition to providing an overview of our revenue sources and how they were spent, this annual financial report offers a snapshot of how your gift made a difference in advancing the mission of the Church. To learn more about how our local Church brings Christ’s healing and hope to the people in the Diocese of Metuchen, visit our website at www.diometuchen.org.
Finally, I am keenly aware of the sacrifices you make in order to provide generously for the many works which God has placed in the care of the Diocese of Metuchen. You are living witnesses of Christian stewardship and I welcome this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your ongoing support.
Gratefully in the Lord,
Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, DD Bishop of Metuchen

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Praised be Jesus Christ! We did it! By combining our talents, energy, resources and especially our prayers, we exceeded the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal by over one million dollars! As of July 17, pledges have reached $8,008,000 from more than 27,000 families. This was accomplished in a shorter time period and with less expenses within the new structure of the appeal. I am most grateful for the enthusiastic support of our clergy, lay leaders and all of our generous parishioners whose contributions made our success possible. The money donated this year is the highest amount the diocese has ever raised for our annual appeal and we had the highest number of donors in many years, too.

Meeting our financial target allows us to continue the vital ministries that serve thousands of people each day throughout Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties. In addition to continuing and enhancing our efforts in evangelization, youth-related ministries and pastoral life, the successful outcome of the appeal will assist our seminarians in receiving the education needed to prepare them to serve as shepherds of our parishes in the future and will allow our hospital chaplains to continue consoling and comforting patients and family members in 17 hospitals and healthcare facilities within our diocesan boundaries. With $1.7 million allocated to our Catholic Charities, we will be able to provide for the most poor and vulnerable among us.

Money raised over our goal will allow us to fund needed ministries that have been putting our diocese into deficit spending in recent years; so these above goal funds will enable us to work at cutting that diocesan deficit we have been experiencing. Of course, we have been trimming our budget wherever possible too. I am truly grateful for your generosity, as are those who benefit each day from these needed ministries.

As a bonus, many of our parishes have taken advantage of the parish rebate incentive to raise additional funds for local needs. A new church roof, updated sound system, added programs for youth and a refurbished Mary Garden are just a few of the parish-based projects made possible through this appeal.

Thank you, again, for your overwhelming response. I am particularly grateful to our pastors and the parish coordinators of the appeal who worked so hard to ensure our success. Together, we are Ambassadors for Christ helping to make our world and our diocese a better place. God bless you and know of my gratitude and prayers.

With renewed best wishes, I remain

Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen