- Tina Makarewicz Stewardship Specialist
Catholic Services Appeal - 2017
“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. We, as brothers and sisters in Christ, have been made alive in Him. We are filled with God, which means we are filled with good - and good works flow from us to light the path for others. This theme will remind us to live the Beatitudes and celebrate the grace of God’s presence within us always. 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.
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 "Make a Gift" banner on the left.
A Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica
CSA FAITH Magazine Article and Pictures
This is an electronic copy of the 4-page CSA spread featured in FAITH Magazine. This information will be distributed in the FAITH issue that scheduled to be delivered to households in the Diocese of Gaylord early May, 2017.
For the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the CSA budget was increased by 2.5% so is now $3,411,094. The diocesan overall budget is significantly larger than that amount, coming it at $4,735,757. The difference of $1,324,663 is generated through our endowed funds (investment income), grants received, fees charged for services and donations. There are two downloadable documents, one depicts a pie chart (as seen here) and the other is a line item representation of this information.
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.
2017 CSA Leadership Manual
This manual has been prepared to assist you in your work during the 2017 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.
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.
CSA Workshop Presentation
As we have done for the past several years, the CSA Team held workshops for CSA Teams and interested parishioners around the diocese. The PowerPoint program that was used in these workshops can be accessed via this link.