Serve One Another

Your entire 2014 CSA form can be easily downloaded right here: CSA Letter 2014

Dear Fellow Parishioner,

Pope Francis, in his first Lenten message as our Universal Shepherd states that, “In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it. We would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others … I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”

Our local Shepherd, Archbishop Vigneron, supports this and what we have been focusing on as a parish as of late: “We fulfill the hope embodied in the mission of the Archdiocese of Detroit ‘to share Christ in and through the Church’ when we prayerfully place serving God, our Church, and our neighbor first among our personal priorities. After all, each of us has something to give.”

The theme of the 2014 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is “Serve One Another”. Jesus invites us to develop an intimate, personal relationship with Him, and encourages us to examine our lives and reflect on how we can more fully participate in the mission of the Church as disciples.

In short, the funds of the CSA serve our local Church in a way that no individual parish can- reaching out and ministering to our neighbors who are poor and vulnerable.

Our target last year was a quarter of a million dollars and we are guaranteed that this year’s target will be at least this amount. Remember, St. Anastasia Parish has to pay this whether we raise it or not. Not raising the funds would be a major setback to our budget and ministries.

I would like to thank you for your disciple generosity. As Pope Francis and Archbishop Vigneron remind us, sacrificial giving is the disciple’s way of following the Lord, who sacrificed everything for us. Almsgiving is a sacrifice which deepens our experience of Christ.

As a parish community, we need everyone to participate. Even a little from everyone will go a long way. I invite you be the disciple Christ calls us to be, to “Serve One Another”, and to support St. Anastasia by contributing to the CSA by using the pledge form on the reverse side of this letter. Even if you cannot support this year’s appeal, please return the form with a $0 so that we can be good stewards of our resources and avoid sending further correspondence.

I ask that you pray and reflect on what God has given you in faith, and in return, give back to the Lord a portion in gratitude.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. JJ Mech
Pastor

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Here we are in December already, anticipating and doing all the fun Christmas things! This is a perfect time to consider the many options for year-long and year-end giving:

  • Make a donation of recyclable paper to the Paper Retrievers in the parking lot. Acceptable items include newspapers, inserts, catalogues, magazines, and office/school papers (no phone books or cardboard). St. Anastasia receives a per ton donation for your trash – how cool is that?
  • Shop Kroger and designate St. Anastasia on your Kroger Rewards account. St. Anastasia will receive a donation for each dollar you purchase – at no cost to you!! It takes a few moments online or at the service desk to make St. A the beneficiary.
  • Use Good Search and Good Shop while searching and shopping online. St. Anastasia receives one-cent for each search; shop on Good Shop and St. A receives a percentage of your purchase. All at NO cost to you!
  • Taxpayers age 70 1/2 or older can make a tax-free distribution from an IRA of up to $100,000. The distribution must be a direct gift from the IRA. These distributions are not subject to charitable contribution percentage limits since they are neither included in gross income nor claimed as a deduction on the taxpayer’s return. The IRA charitable rollover law may provide a very good charitable giving vehicle along with having other benefits. This is currently effective through December 31, 2011.
  • Donations of appreciated stock also have positive tax effects. If you give appreciated stock directly to St. A. you avoid the income tax incurred on the gain from the sale. You will also be entitled to a charitable contribution for the fair market value of the stock on the day the charity receives it.

You will find additional information about the Kroger and Good Search programs on the St. Anastasia website (under the Stewardship – Treasure tab). Please consider the other options for year-end donations to St. Anastasia or other charities. You should always consult with your legal, tax and financial advisors before taking advantage of these benefits.

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