- Tina Makarewicz Stewardship Specialist
Catholic Services Appeal - 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Every time someone enters the Church through baptism, there is a beautiful moment when a baptismal candle is lit from the Easter Candle and handed to the person (or to the parents of a child), accompanied by these or similar words: “Receive the light of Christ. This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly ... [W]alk always as a child of the light.” These are powerful words meant to accompany us throughout our lifetime. How do we keep the light of Christ burning brightly?
Since the formation of the Diocese of Gaylord in 1971, parishes have joined together to support the programs, services and ministries of our diocese and the Universal Church through the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). Embracing our annual campaign helps make our light shine brighter because we accomplish so much more for the mission of Christ in unity than any individual person or parish can do alone. Together we are “Shining Christ’s Light!”
It is with heartfelt appreciation that I thank you for the many ways in which you support the Church, both locally and to the broader church through your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal. I hope you find the gift you make, in gratitude for God’s great blessings, to be a source of great joy. Thank you for your generous response and for all the ways that you embrace a life of discipleship. I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Steven J. Raica
Together let us "Lift up our Hearts" to the Lord: A special Invitation of Prayer from Bishop Raica
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 we recognize both aspects of the appeal.
Below you will find additional information about all that the appeal supports, the 2018/19 budget, parish promotional materials, campaign manual, and convenient ways to give. If you have any questions about the Catholic Services Appeal, please contact Tina Makarewicz at the 989.732.5147.
Convenient Ways to Give
To make a gift online, click here or on the "Make a Gift" banner on the left.
Complete your pledge card or envelope and return it to your parish. Several payment options are available, including cash/check, credit card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Use the pledge envelope, found in the May/June issue of FAITH magazine, to give your parish a jumpstart on its CSA target. Be sure to complete all of the information on the envelope, including your parish name and city, and return to your parish office or in the offertory basket.
When you receive CSA information from your parish.
Please make your check payable to "Parish Name - CSA" and return to your parish so they may record your gift and process properly.
CSA FAITH Magazine Special Report
2018/19 CSA Budget
For the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the CSA budget was increased by 2.5% so is now $3,496,371. The diocesan overall budget is significantly larger than that amount, coming it at $4,602,777. The difference of $1,106,406 is generated through our endowed funds (investment income), grants received, fees charged for services and donations.
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2018 CSA Campaign Manual
This manual has been prepared to assist you in your work during the 2018 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.
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 are a family rich in good works!” 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.
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.
Track Your Parish Progress!
Track your parish progress on the thermometer to give your parishioners a visual representation of the progress for your parish CSA campaign.
Contact the Diocese of Gaylord if your parish needs additional copies.