Your Gifts at Work

Your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal makes a difference in countless lives throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit and beyond. The numerous ministries, programs, and services funded by the CSA provide the energy for our Lord’s grace and blessings on our parishes, institutions, parishioners, and others every day. The ministries, programs, and services funded by CSA include Catholic Schools, Clergy and Consecrated Life, Communications and Marketing, Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, Mission Advancement and Stewardship, Parish Care and Services, Priestly Vocations, Technology, Sacred Major Seminary and Cathedral Support, National Collections and Metropolitan Tribunal. 

The Catholic Services Appeal is an annual campaign of the Archdiocese of Detroit promoted through our parishes’ efforts. Each parish is provided with an individual goal to assist the Archdiocese in this fundraising effort. Any funds collected over these parish goals are returned to the parishes for their own needs.  

Be assured that no CSA dollars will be used to settle claims against the Archdiocese or to support projects outside of the Archdiocese other than six specific national collections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The archdiocesan lay Finance Council oversees the distribution of CSA funds to ensure all reach the ministries, programs, and services for which they are intended.  

Use of Funds: Grants and Allocations 

CSA funds are restricted for the publicized purposes/ministries of the campaign. The total amount to be reflected as donor restricted revenue is calculated by recording total pledges receivable for the current campaign, less an allowance for pledges that will not be collected. The total amount available for allocation each year (July 1 – June 30) is calculated based on cash collected for the current campaign, plus unallocated funds remaining from prior year campaigns, if any. 

Parish Capital Campaigns 

Capital Campaign fundraising at the parish level is processed through CSA to facilitate the tracking of donor giving for purposes publicized and are not assessed by the Archdiocese. All Capital Campaign giving collected is distributed to parishes once parish CSA parish goals are achieved.  

Below are some links that show how your CSA gifts did so much for so many last year.

Where your gifts are applied:

Catholic Schools

Ensure excellence in Catholic education

Faith formation and development opportunities for principals and teachers

Guidance, operations, and assistance for schools in many areas, including:

Accreditation, assessment and curriculum

Catholic High School League (Athletics)

Health, wellness and safety

Management of archdiocesan tuition assistance programs

Clergy and Consecrated Life

Clergy and religious-related events, including:


Fraternal gatherings and jubilees


Electronic newsletters

Ongoing formation of incardinated priests and deacons

Orientation and immigration legal services for priests and religious serving in the Archdiocese

Pastoral Care, Human and Spiritual Formation for Priests and Religious

Pastoral Care of Permanent Deacons

Support for:

Families of deceased deacons

Senior, ill, and infirm priests

Religious communities serving in the Archdiocese

Communications and Marketing

A number of parish and archdiocesan services, including;
Audio production
Graphic design, printing, mailing, and publishing
Internal and external communications
Photography and videography
Public affairs, marketing, advertising, and media relations
Web development and livestreams
Developing audio, video, print, social, and web content for Archdiocese communications
Archdiocese of Detroit
Archbishop Vigneron
Detroit Catholic
Encounter, Grow, Witness
Unleash the Gospel
I AM HERE - Eucharistic Revival

Mission Advancement and Stewardship

Administration of scholarships, grants, and tuition assistance programs

AOD Gift Catalog

Catholic Services Appeal - administration, materials/resources, parish support

Collection of support for Catholic Charites of Southeast Michigan

Collection of Priests' Pension Plan

Donor and Parish Services

Fundraising consultation for Curia, Parishes, and Schools

Fundraising for Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Mass for Commerce 

National Parish collections

Parish and Organization Grants

Parish stewardship committee, presentations, and resources

Support for Archdiocese of Detroit Endowment Foundation

Fundraising activities

Archdiocese of Detroit special ministry initiatives

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Parish and Organization Grants

Black and Native American evangelization grants

Local Rice Bowl grants

Parish Empowerment Fund grants and scholarships 

School Outreach Fund grants

Southwest Vicariate Ministry Fund grants

Scholarship and tuition assistance administration

Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

Black Ministries, Native American Ministries, Hispanic Ministries

Men's, Women's, and Youth Conferences

Special Mass Celebrations

Advisory Councils 

Faith Formation

Liaison to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM)

Discipleship Formation – Catechetical Ministerial Certification

Preparation, development, and formation activities

Professional development

Youth Ministry

Come Encounter Christ for Youth and Families

Conferences and Retreats, including Youth Ministry-RISE

St. John Bosco Prayer Initiative for Youth 

Engagement – Evangelization

Family Evangelization efforts and Parish Evangelization coordination

Support for Families striving to live the Gospel

Young adult and campus ministries, including retreats and sports leagues

Evangelical Charity – Christian Service and Health Care Ministries

Annual Day of Mercy service opportunities 

Certification Committee and Christian Service Coordinators Association training and enrichment

Parish Christian Service Commissions and committees

Parish Nurse formation and resources

Prison Ministry–priority

St. John’s Deaf Center and live-streamed ASL weekly Mass

Family Life – Marriage and Family Life 

Baptismal Preparation

Marriage Services, including marriage preparation, coaching, conferences, and retreats

Compass–Moral Formation for Teens

Disability Ministry Formation

Family Catechumenate Formation

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Mass

Natural Family Planning (NFP) events, activities, and training

Sponsor Formation

Theology of the Body training

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

52 Sundays

Respect Life/Gospel of Life

Project Rachel

Pro-Life March for Life Detroit contingent coordination

Walking With Moms in Need

Sacred Worship

Altar Server Guild

Archdiocesan Worship Celebrations

Archdiocesan Worship Commission 

Corpus Christi Mass and procession


 Music News
Worship News
Choirs, cantors, and choir directors
Liturgical ministers
OCIA teams
Process for OCIA directors/catechists to receive delegation for the Minor Rites
Sacramental Preparation Coordinators
Intercessory Prayer Team training, formation, and resources
Liturgical calendar advisories
Liturgical celebrations for clustering, merging, and closing parishes
Liturgical research, resources, and consultation for all parishes, church buildings, and renovations
Musical Ministries
Archdiocesan Chorus
Cathedral Cultural Series 
Music Ministries at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Music Ministries at Chapel of Mary and Joseph (St. John’s) 
Planning for Archdiocesan liturgies
Neophyte gatherings with Auxiliary Bishops 
New models for transformational Sunday Experience 
OCIA Formation and Training
Preservation of sacred objects
Rite of Election
Sacramental Preparation
Seasonal Reconciliation Services 

Metropolitan Tribunal

Investigates matrimonial validity

Declarations of nullity

Privileges (Pauline & Petrine)

Canonical (Church law) matters

Resource for parish staff

Special educational sessions for:


DREs and RCIA Coordinators

Parish sacramental record keepers 

National Collections

Black and Indian Missions

Catholic Communications Campaign

Catholic Home Missions

Catholic University of America

Church in Latin America

Holy Land

Parish Care and Sustainability

Assignment Board process

Conflict mediation

Consultors Review Committee

Parish Transition Management models and resources

Pastor transitions for new assignments

Pastoral Care of Parishes and Schools

Support of Regional Bishops

Assistance and support to Families of Parishes

Parish Services

Accounting and Treasury Services

Grants Administration

Information Technology Services

Parish Accounting Services

Parish Audit Services

Parish Financial Services

Parish Support Services

Real Estate and Building Services

Priestly Vocations

Assisting men in the discernment of priestly vocations and the seminary application process

Discernment programs

Days for high school students

Discernment groups

Discernment weekends for men 18-55

Evening prayer and vocation dinner with Archbishop Vigneron

Guest preaching at Parish Weekend masses 

Online communication and resources

Award-winning website with resources

Men of the Hearts Podcast

Monthly discernment videos


Assist pastors, schools, parishes

College campuses

Religious education programs

Vocations literature, brochures, and prayer cards

Vocation programs in Families of Parishes

Candidates for the priesthood 

Candidates for the permanent diaconate 

Lay Ecclesial Ministers


Working with archdiocesan departments

Outreach to youth groups and young adult groups

Seminarian Support

Build fraternity for Archdiocese of Detroit seminarians

Formation for archdiocesan seminarians not studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Monthly stipend for archdiocesan seminarians

Summer seminar with Archbishop Vigneron 


Strategic Analysis & Solutions

Dashboards and analytics to drive and validate mission and success

Cooperative data governance and alignment

Metrics, process, and technology consultation and evaluation

Missionary assessments for parishes 

Research, demographics, and statistics

Ease process, data, and technology burdens on clergy and staff

Innovate, evaluate, and integrate tools for mission and evangelization

Negotiate cost-effective IT shared services for parishes and schools

Facilitating Secure Communications and Collaboration

Establish archdiocesan standards and best practices

 IT policies, procedures, and governance

Implement and monitor secure systems for communication and data sharing 

Integrated Archdiocese/parish/school network for communication and collaboration

Sacred Heart Major Seminary (SHMS) and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Building administration and operations

Seminarian/faculty food service program

Formation/direct financial assistance

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Financial Assistance