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Catholic Services Appeal - 2019

Since the formation of the Diocese of Gaylord in 1971, the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) has been both an invitation and opportunity to support the programs, services and ministries within our diocese and around the world. Through our collective efforts, the CSA is the primary source of funding for the programs and ministries directed by our bishop, providing support to our parishes as well as most of the special national and international collections typically taken up as second collections in other dioceses.

Our theme for CSA this year “We Walk in Faith”, speaks to this great journey we are on together; a journey of faith, with the promise of hope, in the sharing of love for one another.  CSA allows us to reach across parish boundaries, tying us together through a common thread of attending to the needs of our parishes, our parishioners, our diocese and to the people of Northern Lower Michigan and beyond. 

Every year, parishes are asked to make a just sacrifice through a CSA target that is determined by both parish count and ordinary income. Any funds received over the parish target are returned to the parish 100% for local needs and good works.

The purpose of the CSA is to help provide the 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 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 we recognize both aspects of the appeal.

Below you will find additional information about what the appeal supports, the 2019/20 budget, parish promotional materials, a campaign manual, and convenient ways to give.  If you have any questions about the Catholic Services Appeal, please contact the Diocese of Gaylord at 989.732.5147. 

Thank you for the many ways that you support the Church by embracing a life of discipleship, most specifically, through your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal. May you find the gifts you make, in gratitude for God’s abundant blessings, to be a source of great joy. 

Why Give?

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1Pt 4:10)

Pope Francis tells us that true power lies not in taking care of our wants, but in humbly taking care of the needs of others.  It is through the annual Catholic Services Appeal that we, the people of the Diocese of Gaylord, respond in love to God by supporting the programs and ministries that serve our friends and neighbors throughout the Northern lower peninsula of Michigan and around the world.

As Christian stewards, we are called to receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others and return them with increase to the Lord.  Through the Catholic Services Appeal, we have the opportunity of living a life of stewardship by supporting and strengthening the many ministries and services funded through the appeal as well as selfless giving to the people who are most in need.

Together, We Walk In Faith: A Special Invitation of Prayer from Bishop Raica

Thank you for the continued support to your parish and to the Diocese of Gaylord.  We hope that you find the gifts you make, in gratitude for God's abundant blessings, to be a source of great joy.  If you have a particular intention you would like to share with Bishop Raica, please complete a Prayer Intention Card and return to the Bishop's Office.  Use the prayer intention card below or one can also be found as part of the CSA pledge envelope in the May/June issue of FAITH Magazine.   

We ask that you keep Bishop Raica, as well as all of our priests, religious and lay leaders, in your prayers as well.  

Together, let us walk in faith with the Lord.  

CSA FAITH Magazine Special Report


"The mission of CSA is more than merely raising money to fund central services and national collections.  It is to create a mosaic and presence of a church that reaches beyond our local parish in a mission of solidarity to accomplish more than we could otherwise" 

The following feature stories were included in the May/June 2019 issue of FAITH along Michigan's 45th Parallel - The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. 


To make a gift online, click here or on the "Make a Gift" banner on this webpage.  Choose to make a one-time gift or set-up recurring monthly payments.  Your parish will be notified of your gift.

When you receive CSA information from your parish, complete your pledge card and return it to your parish for processing.  If you prefer, a pledge envelope can be found in the May/June issue of FAITH Magazine for your convenience.  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).

Contact us if you have any questions about CSA or supporting the Diocese of Gaylord.  We would be happy to take your pledge information over the phone as well.

Please make your check payable to "Parish Name - CSA" and return to your parish so they may record your gift and process properly.  


2019/20 Catholic Services Appeal Budget: $3,557,689


The Catholic Services Appeal accounts for 76% of the total budget for the Diocese of Gaylord of $4,688,390.  The difference of $1,130,701 comes from revenue generated via grant awards and scholarships, interest from endowment funds, fees charged for services and programs, and donations. 


Funds ten specific areas of ministry directed by our Bishop, providing support directly to our parishes, schools and to the people of our diocese. 

-MISSION & OUTREACH (19%)  $673,686
Provides funding for twenty different collections, supporting the local, National* and International outreach efforts of the Diocese of Gaylord. 

* For additional information regarding the eleven National Collections funded through your gifts to CSA (typically taken up in other dioceses as second collections throughout the year), refer to the document below entitled "National Collections Calendar.pdf"  

Supports the health and welfare for our clergy, the ongoing formation efforts of the Vocations Office and support to our seminarians, Deacons program, as well as the ongoing formation of our Priests and Pastoral Administrators.    

Provides financial oversight and audit transparency and support to parishes (financial services, human resources, legal support), Information Technology, as well as efforts in the areas of Stewardship and Grant Writing. 

Supports efforts in the stewardship of our physical buildings, maintenance expenses, utilities, insurance and necessary capital purchases.

Please refer to the CSA Budget Poster for detailed descriptions and specific budget amounts within each area. 

Attention Parishes:  For reproduction purposes, an 8 1/2 X 11" copy in both color and black & white is provided at the bottom of this page under 'Additional Resources'.  

2019 CSA Campaign Manual

This manual is designed to be a resource for parishes and for those who help plan and conduct the appeal.  We hope that you find the information to be useful in coordinating the CSA in your parish.  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.  You may reproduce any parts of this manual and feel free to adapt the information to fit your own specific parish needs.  If you are looking for something additional from what has been provided, please call or email our office.  We will do our best to accommodate.

Caffe Sospeso and the CSA

A beautiful, old-world custom, ‘Caffe Sospeso or Coffee Suspended’ is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. A person at a café orders a cup of coffee, but s/he doesn’t pay for just that one cup - born of God’s blessings received and for which the person is grateful – s/he pays for two cups or more, but receives and consumes only one at that time. The barista simply logs the transaction, and later when someone in need pops their head in the doorway and asks, “Is there anything suspended?” the barista nods, invites them in and serves them a cup of coffee … which has already been paid for … and they too feel blessed and are grateful.

This practice is not unlike our Catholic Services Appeal but on a much more expansive service scale – in place of coffee our suspended gifts of a CSA offering are used to share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to those who are in need; to bring people to God; to become co-creators and protectors of all life; to live out our vocation and faith; to strengthen and preserve our Church now and into the future. It is a way for us to “serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Please consider using the “Coffee Suspended Appeal” (also CSA – get it?!) as a model. Each of us must consider the blessings received and then make a sacrificial gift in support of the ministries offered that inspire, educate, and enlighten! “We Walk In Faith” is proof that the grace of God that fills you overflows to your brothers and sisters in your parish, across the diocese and throughout the world – the Universal Church.

How Much to Give

As Christian stewards, your gift should be made after prayerful consideration and in thanksgiving for all that God has given.  The Catholic Services Appeal is meant to be an extension of the support you provide to your parish, supporting the good works throughout our diocese, programs supporting our parishes and the many special collections being taken up through this one appeal.   A pledge that represents a sacrifice of 1% of each family’s annual household income is suggested.  

Why are Pledges Encouraged?
Making a pledge is encouraged over one-time gifts because a pledge allows you to spread your gift throughout the year, making it easier for you to pay and allowing (in most cases) a person to give a larger sacrificial gift.  Pledge statements are sent monthly by the diocese unless requested otherwise.  These are simple reminders and NOT bills.  You have complete flexibility to pay on your pledge any time before the end of the appeal year.  If your situation changes, you may also adjust your pledge by calling the diocesan CSA office.  Please know that one-time gifts are always accepted and very much appreciated.  


A "Dollar A Day" for CSA

Consider for a moment the price of a cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a snack..a small sacrifice can mean big things for your parish!  Think about it this way...if every parishioner could find a way to pledge 75 cents or a dollar a day to CSA, every parish in our Diocese would go over its target!  With that, did you know that every dollar a parish goes over target is returned to the parish 100%.  Just think about the needs that could be met in your local parish with monies refunded for going over target!

Take a moment to consider your gift to CSA this year, in the form of a daily gift from you and your family.  


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES are provided below.  If you are looking for something that is not provided on this page, please call or email our CSA Office.  We will do our best to accommodate your request. 

Website Banner

Ministry Banners

Ministry Banners can be used by parishes in a number of ways, to help raise awareness of the many different areas of ministry supported through gifts to CSA.  Consider rotating banners throughout the year, possibly in conjunction with other events going on, to serve as a reminder that this ministry is supported through gifts to CSA. Banners can also be used in parish bulletins during the month that a special collection would otherwise have taken place (see National Collections Calendar), to thank parishioners for supporting this collection through their gifts to CSA. 


Additional graphics are in the process of being created and will be posted here as they are completed.  

CSA Budget - Listing of Programs, Ministries & Outreach

The following are designed to be reproduced as an 8 1/2 X 11" copy (double-sided).   

Stewardship Prayer

Track Your Parish Progress!


Whether your parish focuses on a monetary or a participation goal, use the thermometer poster to track progress and give parishioners a visual representation of your parish CSA campaign.   

Contact the Diocese of Gaylord if your parish needs additional copies.

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