- Jeanne Marriott Stewardship Specialist
Catholic Services Appeal - 2016
The theme of the 2016 Catholic Services Appeal is “Together, we are a family of Mercy!” Every May for the past 44 years in the Diocese of Gaylord, the bishop has asked for assistance in the delivery of the works necessary for our faith to maintain strong roots and grow. We as patrons of our local parishes, our local church, are invited to participate in the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). This annual appeal is the means by which we directly support faith development, evangelization and outreach ministry in northern Lower Michigan and beyond.
Purpose of the CSA
The purpose of the CSA is to help provide funding necessary to carry out the mission of the Catholic Church---to build our families, our parishes, our diocese and our world into that faith community whose compassionate ministry to humanity embodies and witnesses to God's power. The CSA supports numerous services and ministries, some of which attend to needs that are beyond the scope of any individual parish. Some exist for the sole purpose of assisting parishes in their mission to teach, evangelize and provide good liturgical experiences. It is important that the people recognize both aspects of the appeal. If at any point during the CSA there are any questions, problems or additional needs, please contact the Diocesan Development Office.
To make a gift, click here or on the banner on the left.
A Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica
An electronic copy of the CSA brochure. This document is distributed in the mailing from the Bishop to all CSA registered households as well as being given to parishes for their parishioners to pick up.
For the 2016/2017 fiscal year, the CSA budget has not grown, staying at the level of last year - $3,327,897. The diocesan overall budget is significantly larger than that amount, coming it at $4,601,972. The difference between the two, $1,274,075, comes from funds raised by our endowed funds (investment income), grants received, fees charged for services and donations. The attached document details the budgeted amounts in each of the ministry departments for the 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 found a way to pledge 75 cents or a dollar a day to CSA then every parish in the Diocese would go over target! Think about the needs that could be met in your local parish with monies refunded for going over target!
Take a moment to consider the "Pocket Change" table and find the daily gift that's most comfortable for you and your family.
2016 CSA Leadership Manual
This manual has been prepared to assist you in your work during the 2016 CSA campaign, please use these ideas for inspiration, or feel free to copy them outright. It includes sample letters, suggestions for priests and lay witness remarks, intercessions, pulpit and bulletin announcements as well as other resources that will be helpful as the appeal is conducted.
(Click on the link below and print a copy.)
Track Your Progress!
Track your parish progress on the thermometer to give your parishioners a visual representation of the progress for your parish CSA campaign.