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Annual Catholic Services Appeal is Underway


Brochure_front.jpgOn May 15th, the Diocese of Gaylord kicked off the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). This year’s theme, “We are One Body, We Share One Bread,” reminds us of our connection with the universal Church and emphasizes that although we are many, through the Eucharist we are united as one body with Jesus Christ.

Established in 1971 by the first Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Edmund Cardinal Szoka, this marks the 40th year of CSA. Since its inception, CSA has provided a wonderful opportunity for the faithful Catholics of our Diocese to share with God and his Church a portion of the gifts that He has given to us. Our brothers and sisters in need, locally and across globe, are strengthened, comforted and given hope by the gifts of time, talent and treasure given each year to the Appeal by parishioners throughout the diocese.

CSA dollars continue to make a difference through so many ministries that it is truly many campaigns in one. Support for national and international ministries of the universal Church which are taken up by special collections in many other dioceses, are funded in the Diocese of Gaylord through gifts to the annual CSA. Catholic Relief Services, the Solidarity Fund of the Church in Africa, Peter’s Pence, the Holy Land, Catholic Home Missions, the Church in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, the Catholic Communications Campaign, and many others, all benefit from CSA.

People in need within our own area are also touched by our gifts since local organizations and ministries such as Habitat for Humanity, Right to Life, Madonna House, DCCW and the Augustine Center receive support through CSA. Catholic Human Services, with offices in virtually every county of our diocese, receives the largest single grant from CSA funds.

Further, CSA funds the ministries and staff of the diocesan offices who work at the direction of Bishop Hebda and assist him as he shepherds the Diocese of Gaylord. The Diocesan Offices provide formation and training opportunities along with a wide variety of support and services to the parishes, Catholic Schools and larger community as together we seek to share the Gospel and carry out the mission of the Church in our area and beyond.

Specifically, gifts to the CSA:

  • support a wide variety of organizations and ministries to help those in need such as Catholic Human Services who served over 26,000 people last year here in northern Michigan through counseling services, substance abuse prevention programs, open adoption, social services and senior services;
  • enable the diocese to employ a full-time superintendant to assist with program development, implement new technologies, and ensure students our Catholic schools receive a high quality Catholic education; 
  • help to nourish Catholics and others through providing spiritual and faith development opportunities, training parish liturgical ministers and catechetical leaders, and providing for the weekly television broadcast of the Mass for the ill and homebound;
  • provide for the education of our seminarians and ongoing formation of priests as well as outreach and encouragement for those discerning their vocations, particularly to the diocesan priesthood, permanent diaconate, and religious life;
  • and much more.

Many parishes in the Diocese will make their appeal for pledges to the CSA at Masses on the kick-off weekend, with the Sunday having come to be called “CSA Sunday.” Parishioners will be invited to be a part of the many ministries of the CSA by making a gift or pledge. Each parish has a target for the annual campaign and many parishes try to exceed their target, because any money collected above its goal is returned to the parish. Rebates may be used at the discretion of the Pastor and Parish Finance Council to assist with various parish projects.

Pledging to the CSA is easy and gifts may be made as one-time donations or through monthly payments spread over the year. Gifts may be made with cash, check or credit card and may be made directly through your parish or electronically through the diocesan website. Simply click on the link to “Make a Gift” link on the left.  In addition to cash, you are also welcome to give gifts of stock to the CSA. (If you choose to use the diocesan web site for your donation, please let your parish know so that they may include it the total toward their target.)

Please prayerfully consider a gift to the 2011 CSA because “We are One Body, We Share One Bread,” and so that our Church remains a vibrant beacon of hope to all. For more information click here or download the 2011 CSA brochure below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local parish, or Danielle Parish at the Diocesan Development Office at 989.732.5147.

File: 2011 CSA Brochure

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