CSA gifts allow people to grow with Christ throughout our Archdiocese. Our gifts ensure others also know the Lord through the ministries, programs, and services the CSA funds in the six counties of our Archdiocese.
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Through the Parish Empowerment Fund (PEF)
A CSA-funded Parish Empowerment Fund grant helps ensure as many as 30 families a week have the basic necessities so many of us take for granted. They receive food, clothing, and personal items from the St. Jude Food Pantry, allowing the parish “to remain a strong Catholic presence and a beacon of hope on the east side of Detroit,” says Lynn McEachin, director.
The Parish Empowerment Fund encourages parishes, or groups of parishes, to initiate or enhance evangelization efforts in their neighborhoods. Last year, more than $600,000 in Parish Empowerment Fund grants were available to vicariates and parishes like St. Jude, which has been a recipient for 15 years.
“There is a need for food pantries such as ours to help those who otherwise may go without,” Lynn says. While the St. Jude Food Pantry serves some families regularly, others seek assistance only during the holidays. At Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, they receive all the ingredients needed to make a special meal at home, including turkey, ham, or chicken. “These families tell us they can make it through most weeks, but the holidays put an extra pinch in their budget,” she adds.
The Parish Empowerment Fund also provides tuition assistance to lay people for training and certification in all aspects of pastoral ministry through the Institute for Ministry Sacred Heart Major Seminary. These scholarships are awarded to practicing Roman Catholics who are volunteers or paid staff members in urban, suburban, and rural parishes that meet established criteria.
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