Your support of our mission will enable us to respond to the needs of our communities, especially during these challenging times, and continue the work of Christ to bring people of Southeast Michigan the kind of hope that does not disappoint.
The theme for the 2020 Catholic Services Appeal takes inspiration from the city of Detroit’s motto given by Fr. Gabriel Richard, “We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes. ”These are also the words Jesus speaks to his disciples after the Transfiguration: “Rise and be not afraid”(Matthew 17:7).
This year, as our families, parishes, and communities find ways to continue the mission of Christ amid new challenges, we are reminded that we too must rise up, follow Christ, and share with others the peace and joy that comes from knowing we are loved and that God is with us at all times. Please consider making a gift today.
The Catholic Services Appeal is an annual campaign that raises funds for the Archdiocese of Detroit ministries, programs, and services that benefit all the faithful in southeast Michigan. This archdiocesan-wide campaign communicates that the local Church extends beyond the parish.
The CSA is an opportunity for the faithful to respond to Christ’s command “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12) by helping to fund services throughout the broader area of southeast Michigan. This collaborative, archdiocesan campaign is a way to demonstrate the unity of the larger Church and to fund these vital programs.
The Catholic Services Appeal benefits parishes and people in the Archdiocese of Detroit by helping to fund more than 170 ministries, programs, and services, including: support for men discerning God’s call to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; campus ministry; grants to Catholic schools; and young adult programs. Essentially, CSA dollars help fund the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in the greater Detroit area.
During each of the past 10 years, our annual CSA goal for the archdiocese has been $17.8 million. Considering the circumstances and challenges of this year, the goal for CSA has been reduced to $15,212,691.00.
The annual goal for each parish is based on the average of its previous three-year offertory and Christmas collections. More details are in this table. The parish goal is reduced by 10 percent if it operates an elementary school and reduced an additional 10 percent if it operates a high school. Parishes also may have their goal reduced if they provide tuition assistance to parishioners who attend Catholic schools. In those cases, their goal is reduced by 10 percent of the amount of financial aid they provide.