The mission of the Church is to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. Advancing this mission requires our clergy, religious, and lay faithful to unite in our common goal of pursuing the pastoral priorities of the Church. For over 30 years, the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) of the Archdiocese of Detroit has been a particularly successful way we have come together to advance our mission.
Together, as Christian stewards, we live out the Gospel mission of our Church through our support of the CSA. The ministries, programs and services funded by our annual appeal reach every soul in our six-county Archdiocese, strengthening urban and rural faith communities alike. No one individual or parish could possibly accomplish all these good works themselves. Truly, the CSA transforms our diverse family of believers into, in the words of Pope Francis, a “band of joyful missionary disciples.”
We are grateful to our pastors, who lead this effort in their parishes, and to our parish and archdiocesan staff and lay volunteers who do the hard work of annually conducting the CSA. We are particularly grateful to our many faithful stewards who so generously give their treasure to the CSA, benefiting all their brothers and sisters in Christ throughout southeast Michigan.
“A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them generously in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord” (U.S. Bishops’ 1992 Pastoral Letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, P.9).
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Catholic Services Appeal?
- What does the CSA fund?
- Who oversees and distributes CSA funds?
- How much money is raised and where does this money go?
- What happens when the goal is exceeded – where does that money go?
- How is the fundraising goal for each parish determined?
- What happens if a parish does not reach its goal?
- Have CSA funds ever been used to settle judgements against the archdiocese?
- How can I learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal?
Posted: October 2018