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CSA benefits our parishes spiritually and physically
The CSA is important to all parishes, and to the mission of the Archdiocese of Detroit, according to Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in St. Clair Shores.
“Not a single parish can try to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished for the greater good of the metropolitan Detroit area,” he says. “The CSA supports so many great ministries.”
Reflecting on Jesus’ message at the end of His Sermon on the Mount, Msgr. Bugarin notes that the CSA provides the faithful with a “great opportunity” to light our lamps so all can see our good deeds (Mt 5:15-16). “Why do we do CSA?” he asks. “So we can glorify our heavenly Father.”
In addition, the CSA is an important aspect of life in the Archdiocese, as it reinforces the Archbishop’s mission to share Christ in and through the Church. “CSA helps us with our fundamental mission of getting Christ’s message out to the entire community,” Msgr. Bugarin adds.
Parishes benefit from CSA refunds
Each year before the Catholic Services Appeal, Father Charles Altermatt, pastor of St. Alfred Parish in Taylor, meets with the Finance Council to discuss how much the parish can raise above its CSA target. They select a project based on that amount — since parishes that exceed their targets receive 100 percent of the overage.
The parish then strives to “refill” its savings account after a successful CSA, says Ana Juarez, business manager. Father Altermatt promotes the benefits of the CSA to the Archdiocese as well as to the parish.
In the past, with the help of CSA refunds, St. Alfred has replaced its old sign with a digital sign, purchased two stained glass windows, and renovated the vestibule, including new floor, lighting, and painting. Father Altermatt and his leadership team have decided to use the CSA overage from CSA 2017 to renovate the church bathrooms.
“People like to see the fruits of their money,” Ana says. Besides the benefits provided to so many through CSA-funded programs, including St. Alfred parishioners, “through the renovations we have done in the church with the overage of the CSA target, they see how their money is being spent.”