Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)
Each year the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) needs your support, first in prayer and then, financially if possible. The theme for this year is “Together, we are a Family of Mercy” and will be conducted in our parish over the first three full weekends of May. It is when our Church joins together to further the mission and ministry of our Diocesan Church that we are truly witnesses of Christ.
2016 CSA Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica
Below you will find information about the Catholic Services Appeal; why it is conducted every year, what this appeal supports and why you should give. Please take the time to prayerfully consider what you are able to give to support CSA this year and consider a pledge that will be paid off over several months instead of a one-time gift. This allows most people to be a little more generous, instead of just giving what they can spare during the time of our annual campaign in May.
Stewardship is a response to God’s generosity in our lives, which is not just a once a year thing. It’s giving from our first fruits, not our leftovers. Like other long term monthly commitments we make in our lives (our phones, gym memberships, and other material things), consider what you might be able to give to CSA this year by spreading it over 10 monthly payments. Below is a chart that might assist you.
This year our parish goal for the Catholic Services Appeal is $182,345.
The Catholic Services Appeal provides the necessary funding that sustains our diocese throughout the year. Similar to how your regular offertory supports St. Mary Cathedral, the gifts we make to CSA support the offices within the Diocese of Gaylord and the many vital ministries and ongoing work accomplished at the pastoral center and throughout our Universal Church.
An electronic copy of the 2016 CSA brochure is available below. This document outlines the programs and ministries that CSA supports as well and details regarding the CSA budget.
2016 CSA Brochure
How are CSA funds used by the Diocese of Gaylord?
The CSA provides the necessary funding to sustain our diocese. Our parishes benefit by the evangelization, training, and practical business support offered by the staff, ministries and ongoing work completed at the pastoral center. Below is a diagram highlighting the overall budget for the Diocese of Gaylord, the portion made up through CSA funds and how those CSA funds are distributed.
2016 CSA Budget
Pocket Change Can Change the World
A Dollar a Day for CSA! Consider the price of a cup of coffee, or the price of one spin of a casino wheel...a small sacrifice can mean big things for your parish! If every parishioner in our Diocese found a way to pledge 50 cents or a dollar a day to CSA then every parish in our Diocese would go over target! Think about the needs that could be met in our own parish with monies given back to us from the Diocese for going over target!
Please take a moment to prayerfully consider what you are able to give to support CSA this year and complete your pledge card during one of the parish appeal weekends. Every gift, regardless of the amount, is very important to the success of the Appeal.
The vital ministries of our Diocese continue only with your help. Your gift of any amount will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated.
St. Mary Cathedral
Total Gifts & Pledges:
As of March 10, 2017
Total # of Pledges & Gifts: 552
Average Gift: $325.37
We are $2,743.46 SHORT of target!
Please consider making a gift to help us reach our goal for 2016. Thank you!
How do I make a gift to CSA?
You have two options:
1) Fill out a 2016 CSA Pledge Card
You have the option of making a one-time gift or a pledge. Pledges can be paid in-full at a later date or through regular payments indicated on your card.
2016 CSA Pledge Card
Return your completed CSA card to the parish office either by mail, dropping off in person, or placing in the offertory basket.
2) Make Your Gift Online
Making your donation online is very easy. Simply CLICK HERE and you will be redirected to the Diocese of Gaylord website - be sure to DESIGNATE St. Mary Cathedral as your parish.
Thank you for your giving hearts and prayers for the Diocese of Gaylord and to CSA!
Still have questions?
Need help making your gift or pledge?
Contact St. Mary Cathedral CSA Coordinator Tina Makarewicz at 989.732.5448
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal on the Diocese of Gaylord website.