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