Catholic Services Appeal 2020-21
Through the Catholic Services Appeal, parishes across the Diocese of Gaylord have come together since 1971 to support ministries, programs, and works of charity that are an outward sign of the unseen virtues of faith, hope, and love. You are again invited to pray about how the Lord is calling you to bring His hope to others, through the CSA.
As you prayerfully consider this year's campaign, Bishop Raica shares, "God’s call to generosity and stewardship, even in less than ideal circumstances, encourages us to give what we are able. He uses each of us, even our humblest of gifts, to make an eternal difference."
Thank you for the many ways that you support the Church and bring hope to those around you. May you find the gifts you make, in gratitude for God’s abundant blessings, to be a source of great joy!
If you have any questions about the Catholic Services Appeal, please contact your parish or the Diocese of Gaylord at 989.732.5147.
A Catholic Services Appeal Message from Bishop Steven J Raica
The following message from Bishop Raica was shared in the May/June 2020 issue of FAITH Along Michigan's 45th Parallel - The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.
FAITH Magazine Special Report: Catholic Services Appeal
A FAITH Magazine Special Report on the Catholic Services Appeal was mailed in June 2020. This 8-page edition shares a further message from Bishop Raica, stories of hope, the CSA budget, and a prayer intention form with your giving envelope. Please watch for this Catholic Services Appeal Special Report!
Note: If you are not receiving FAITH magazine, please contact Ms. Kelly Lauster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Services Appeal Target
Your generosity continues to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to those around you, starting with those in our own parishes and neighborhoods. The CSA is both an invitation and opportunity for you to support the programs, services and ministries within our diocese and around the world.
Your gifts to the CSA provide critical funding for the initiatives of our diocese, making up 64% of the diocese's $4,519,117 operating budget for 2020-21. The diocese will fund the remainder of its budget from fees for services and programs, interest on endowment and other invested funds, grant proceeds, other contributions and withdrawal from diocesan savings.
Your gifts support the sanctifying, teaching, and governing works within our Catholic communities. Outlined below, your giving supports essential work such as our priests’ health and welfare, our collective corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and Catholic catechesis to the faithful and evangelization of non-Catholics. The CSA also gives aid to the national and international collections, typically taken up as “second collections” in other dioceses, reducing the need for these extra collections throughout the year.
Annually, the Catholic Services Appeal goal is shared among our diocesan family, with each parish having a goal relative to their size and parishioner membership. Every gift given to the CSA helps your parish reach its goal amount, serving the needs of the entire diocese and the greater Universal Church. When a parish exceeds its CSA goal, all funds in excess go entirely back to that parish.
THE CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL: $2,896,000
SANCTIFYING THE FAITHFUL:
- OUR WORKS OF CHARITY – 18% of CSA Campaign
- Catholic Church national collections
- Ministry of Pope Francis
- Dioceses of Fairbanks And Matagalpa
- Habitat for Humanity
- OUR WORSHIP AND THE SACRAMENTS—9% of CSA Campaign
- Sacrament of marriage
- Worship and liturgy
- OUR CLERGY—7% of CSA Campaign
- Priest programs
- Seminarian and vocations programs
- Deacon program
- OUR SHEPHERD—3% of CSA Campaign
- Bishop's leadership and the work of his office to sanctify the faithful
TEACHING THE FAITH:
- OUR COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH—14% of CSA Campaign
- Weekly TV Mass
- Bi-monthly FAITH magazine
- Engagement with the media and content for diocesan social media
- Promotional information about the Catholic faith
- Reception and intake of inquiries to the diocese
- National Catholic Communications Campaign
- OUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CATHOLIC FAITH / DISCIPLESHIP—8% of CSA Campaign
- Life-long Faith formation
- Justice and Peace ministry
- Religious and lay apostolates and associations: e.g., Augustine Center, Council of Catholic Women, Cursillo, Madonna House, Rachel’s Vineyard, Right-to-Life
- Diocesan Hispanic and Native American apostolates
- OUR EDUCATION IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS—6% of CSA Campaign
- Superintendent role for the diocese
- Catholic University of America
- OUR SHEPHERD—2% of CSA Campaign
- Bishop's leadership and the work of his office to teach the faith
GOVERNING THE DIOCESE:
- OUR OPERATING RESOURCES—14% of CSA Campaign
- Building and grounds
- Capital improvements and contingencies
- OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES—12% of CSA Campaign
- Treasury and tracking of financial affairs
- OUR LEGAL RESOURCES AND OUR HUMAN RESOURCES—3% of CSA Campaign
- Legal resources
- Human resources
- OUR SHEPHERD—4% of CSA Campaign
- Bishop's leadership and the work of his office to govern the diocese
Please refer to the PDF files below for further information regarding the use of these funds.
An Invitation for Prayer
The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus Monastery (Traverse City) have graciously welcomed the opportunity to remember your specific prayer intentions during their daily Holy Hour. Please share your prayer requests using the Prayer Intention Card below, and mailing it to the Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North Street, Gaylord, Michigan 49735. An additional Prayer Intention form can also be found in your CSA Pledge Envelope which will be sent to you by mail in the FAITH Magazine Special Report: Catholic Services Appeal.
As you share your prayer intentions, please keep our bishop, priests, religious and lay leaders in your prayers as well. Together, we are anchored in hope!
Making a Gift
Your generosity will make an impact far greater than what you can imagine...but how do you discern what gift to make?
In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus reminds us that it is an act of generosity and worship to the Lord to give what we are able--to give a gift from the heart that is sacrificial for us. While this dollar amount is different for everyone, we are all called to participate in whatever way we can. Every gift matters and makes a lasting difference in the work of our parishes and diocese.
As you prayerfully consider what you and your family can commit to the Anchored in Hope campaign, keep in mind that you could make a one-time gift or a pledge gift to spread your giving throughout the year.
Making a pledge may help you stretch your gift by giving over the course of several months, or length of your choosing. Pledge reminders are sent by the diocese, and these are meant to keep your giving easy to manage. Pledges to the CSA campaign are also flexible—if your situation changes, you can always adjust your pledge by calling the diocesan Finance Office.
For convenient ways to give a one-time gift or make a pledge, please see below.
New Tax Deduction Available
Gifts to the CSA are always tax-deductible each year. This year, however, there is a special deduction available through the CARES Act, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This deduction for the year 2020 allows those who do not itemize deductions to deduct up to $300 in cash contributions to charitable organizations in calculating their adjusted gross income.
The CARES Act also allows individuals and corporations who itemize deductions to deduct much greater amounts of their contributions. Individuals can deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 Adjusted Gross Income (up from 60% previously). Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%. (This deduction is for gifts directly to a public charity, including your parish for the CSA, but does not apply to donations directly to a Donor Advised Fund.)
How to Give
Your generosity continues to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to those around you. Please pray about how you can give to the Catholic Services Appeal today, in any of the following ways:
To make a gift online, CLICK HERE. Here, you can make a one-time gift or set-up recurring payments. Your parish will be notified of your gift.
USE YOUR PARISH PLEDGE CARD or ENVELOPE
When you receive CSA information from your parish, complete your pledge card and return it to your parish for processing. Alternatively, a giving envelope can be found in the FAITH Magazine Special Report that will be mailed in June 2020. Please complete all of the information on the envelope and return to your parish office or in the offertory.
Several payment options are available, including cash/check, credit card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please make checks payable to "Parish Name - CSA" and return to your parish so they may record your gift and process properly.
CALL THE DIOCESE FINANCE OFFICE AT 989.732.5147
Contact us to make a gift over the phone or if you have any questions about the Catholic Services Appeal.