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Catholic Service Appeal

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?

The Catholic Services Appeal is an annual campaign that raises funds for 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.

Since the CSA was introduced in the early 1980s, it has been conducted through parishes with the support of materials and guidance from the archdiocese. 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, as opposed to simply increasing the archdiocesan assessment of parish offertories.

What does the CSA fund?

The Catholic Services Appeal benefits parishes and people in the Archdiocese of Detroit by helping to fund more than 100 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.

Except for six national collections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), CSA funds remain in the archdiocese. These national collections include: Black and Indian Missions, Catholic Communications, Catholic Home Missions, Catholic University of America, Church in Latin America, and the Holy Land.

Click here to learn more about what your gifts help fund.

Who oversees and distributes CSA funds?

The archdiocesan lay Finance Council oversees the distribution of CSA funds to ensure they reach the ministries, programs and services for which they are intended.

How much money is raised and where does this money go?

During each of the past 10 years, our annual CSA goal for the archdiocese has been $17.8 million. Through the generosity of the faithful, that goal has been exceeded each year. Click here to learn how last year’s gifts were a blessing to many in the archdiocese.

What happens when the goal is exceeded – where does that money go?

Once a parish reaches its individual annual goal, 100 percent of the overage is returned to the parish for its own needs.

How is the fundraising goal for each parish determined?

The annual goal for each parish is based on the average of its previous three-year offertory and Christmas collections. More details are in the table below. 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.

If Offertory + Christmas Collection Revenue Is:

Then Parish CSA Target =

Greater than or equal to $1.5M

15.5% of Revenue

Less than $1.5M but greater than or equal to $1M

14.5% of Revenue

Less than $1M but greater than or equal to $500K

13% of Revenue

Less than $500K but greater than or equal to $250K

12% of Revenue

Less than $250K but greater than or equal to $100K

10.5% of Revenue

Less than $100K

9.5% of Revenue

What happens if a parish does not reach its goal?

In this case, the parish is invoiced by the archdiocese for the shortfall and must pay the difference from its own savings.

Have CSA funds ever been used to settle judgements against the archdiocese?

No CSA dollars have ever been – or ever will be – used to settle claims of any nature against the archdiocese.

How can I learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal?

Click here for more information about the CSA.


Posted: October 2018