CSA 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Every time someone enters the Church through baptism, there is a beautiful moment when a baptismal candle is lit from the Easter Candle and handed to the person (or to the parents of a child), accompanied by these or similar words: “Receive the light of Christ. This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly ... [W]alk always as a child of the light.” These are powerful words meant to accompany us throughout our lifetime.  How do we keep the light of Christ burning brightly?

Since the formation of the Diocese of Gaylord in 1971, parishes have joined together to support the programs, services and ministries of our diocese and the Universal Church through the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA).  Embracing our annual campaign helps make our light shine brighter because we accomplish so much more for the mission of Christ in unity than any individual person or parish can do alone.  Together we are “Shining Christ’s Light!”

It is with heartfelt appreciation that I thank you for the many ways in which you support the Church, both locally and to the broader church through your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal.  I hope you find the gift you make, in gratitude for God’s great blessings, to be a source of great joy.  Thank you for your generous response and for all the ways that you embrace a life of discipleship.  I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop Steven J. Raica

Together let us "Lift up our Hearts" to the Lord: A special Invitation of Prayer from Bishop Raica

Prayer Intention Card

Purpose of the CSA

The purpose of the CSA is to help provide funding necessary to carry out the mission of the Catholic Church---to build our families, our parishes, our diocese and our world into that faith community whose compassionate ministry to humanity embodies and witnesses to God's power. The CSA supports numerous services and ministries, some of which attend to needs that are beyond the scope of any individual parish. Some exist for the sole purpose of assisting parishes in their mission to teach, evangelize and provide good liturgical experiences. It is important that we recognize both aspects of the appeal.

Stewardship is a response to God’s generosity in our lives, which is not just a once a year thing.  It’s giving from our first fruits, not our leftovers.  The Catholic Services Appeal provides the necessary funding that sustains our diocese throughout the year.  Similar to how your regular offertory supports St. Joseph, the gifts we make to CSA support the offices within the Diocese of Gaylord and the many vital ministries and ongoing work accomplished at the pastoral center and throughout our Universal Church. 

Please take a moment to prayerfully consider what you are able to give to support CSA this year and complete your pledge card during one of the parish appeal weekends.  Every gift, regardless of the amount, is very important to the success of CSA. The vital ministries of our Diocese continue only with your help.  Your gift of any amount will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated.



St. Joseph Catholic Church
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How do I make a gift to CSA?

1) Fill out a Pledge Card

You have the option of making a one-time gift or a pledge.  Pledges can be paid in full at a later date or through regular payments indicated on your card. 
  2018 CSA Pledge Card      

2) Make Your Gift Online

Making your donation online is very easy. CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Diocese of Gaylord website. Designate St. Joseph (#77) as your parish.

 Letter from Father James and the CSA Committee...We ask for your support and encourage you to make a full year commitment to the Catholic Services Appeal by considering the need over twelve months and spreading your payments over a monthly, quarterly or semiannual basis. We encourage everyone to give as you are able, and are most thankful for your support. May God richly bless you for your generosity!

LINK:  CSA Faith Magazine Special Report

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal on the Diocese of Gaylord website.