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We want to start by saying thank you! Thank you for the giving of your time and treasure to support our diocese and ultimately our parish and the Catholic values that we hold so dear.

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.

“Seek and you will find.” ~ Luke 11:9

God is here, right now, at our side. We can see him in the routine moments of our day and in the sacred moments of our lives. To find God, you have only to look.

Every year, parishes are asked to make a just sacrifice through a CSA target that is determined by ordinary income (yearly offertory collections). Any funds received over the parish target are returned to the parish 100% for local needs and good works. This year all the fund received above and beyond are Parish Target will be used to replace the 1952 steam boiler in St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish. The boiler replacement is approximately $55,000.

The Catholic Services Appeal 2022 season is upon us, and we have much to celebrate in northern Michigan. We welcome our new bishop. We begin to enjoy warmer weather, and we honor our risen Lord. We look forward with hope as God continues to work in and through us.

Now is the time to renew our spirits and contemplate our blessings. Now is the ideal moment to recommit our time, talent and treasure to what we value most.

The CSA is a diocesan-wide campaign that supports the mission of the Catholic Church locally, regionally and globally. We are blessed to be part of a Universal Church, unified in the Body of Christ. The work of the Church requires careful stewardship and care. Just like we spend time and resources keeping our bodies healthy, we must do the same to nourish the Body of Christ.

The Catholic Services Appeal provides 75% of the Diocese of Gaylord’s annual operational budget and is therefore essential to the work of the Church in northern Michigan.

Below you will find additional information about what the appeal supports. 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.

Parish CSA Target:

$175,728
+
$55,000 for Boiler Replacement

Total Gifts and Pledges
(as of September 1):

$254,783

Percentage of Target:

145%

Making a Gift

Your generosity will make an impact far greater than what you can imagine…but how do you discern what gift to make? 

In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus reminds us that it is an act of generosity and worship to the Lord to give what we are able–to give a gift from the heart that is sacrificial for us. While this dollar amount is different for everyone, we are all called to participate in whatever way we can. Every gift matters and makes a lasting difference in the work of our parishes and diocese.  

As you prayerfully consider what you and your family can commit to the 2022 campaign, keep in mind that you could make a one-time gift or a pledge gift to spread your giving throughout the year.

Making a pledge may help you stretch your gift by giving over the course of several months, or length of your choosing. Pledge reminders are sent by the diocese, and these are meant to keep your giving easy to manage. Pledges to the CSA campaign are also flexible—if your situation changes, you can always adjust your pledge by calling the diocesan Finance Office.

GIVE ONLINE
To make a gift online, CLICK HERE.  Here, you can make a one-time gift or set-up recurring payments. Your parish will be notified of your gift.

USE YOUR PARISH PLEDGE CARD or ENVELOPE
When you receive CSA information in the mail, complete your pledge card and return it to the Diocese of Gaylord for processing,

Several payment options are available, including cash/check, credit card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please make checks payable to “Parish Name – CSA” and return it to the Diocese. 

As you may know, CSA supports the work and mission of our diocese, which includes essential services for our parishioners, our community, and our Catholic Schools.   Similar to how your regular offertory supports our Parishes, the gifts we make to CSA support the offices within the Diocese of Gaylord and the many vital ministries and ongoing work accomplished at the pastoral center and throughout our Universal Church.

Shining a Light on CSA: Did you know that CSA supports over 40 programs and services throughout the diocese, all of which touch our parishioners and parish? Here are just a few examples: