Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)

“We are a family rich in good works!” This is the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) theme that we as a vibrant faith community in the Diocese of Gaylord will embrace in the 2017/2018 campaign year.  This year at St. Mary Cathedral, we will conduct our appeal the weekends of May 13/14 and 20/21.  

Each year the Catholic Services Appeal helps financially support the seat of our diocese, the chancery in Gaylord; providing resources that make it possible for our clergy and lay leaders to organize, facilitate, and put forth efforts that nurture God’s grace and bring about good works.

A Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica:  2017 CSA and Good Works 2017

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 $187,540.

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. 

Serving the Diocese of Gaylord

"More than a desk job"

An electronic copy of the 2017 CSA insert, distributed through Faith Magazine, is available below.  This document outlines the programs and ministries that CSA supports and highlights the good works of the Diocese of Gaylord.  
  2017 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.
  2017 CSA Budget Information

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
2017 Target:


Total gifts and pledges received as of October 31, 2017:  $171,855.25

Short of Target: 

How do I make a gift to CSA?

You have two options:

1) Fill out a 2017 CSA Pledge Envelope or 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. 

 2017 Pledge CARD

This year, pledge envelopes were distributed in May throughout the Diocese of Gaylord, found within the Spring issue of FAITH Magazine
 2017 Pledge ENVELOPE

Feel free to you either of the above pledge forms and return with your pledge/gift 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 Development Coordinator Shannon O'Connor at 989.732.5448

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal on the Diocese of Gaylord website.


Almighty God, we thank You for all the gifts You have given us: our lives, our loved ones, all that we have and all that we are.  Most of all, we thank You for Jesus, Your Son and our Redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life.  

Jesus was the perfect steward of Your gifts, showing that complete trust in You is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following Him.  

May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us.  Amen.