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What is the Catholic Services Appeal?

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as stewards of the manifold grace of God. - 1 Peter 4:10

Stewardship in the Catholic sense of the word, that is, safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly, takes on many forms. It includes generosity of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. (USCCB website)

The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is the annual diocesan collection addressing the aspect of stewardship that encompasses giving of our financial resources at whatever level we are fiscally able to. As a diocese of over 45,000 Catholic households, our financial gifts are joined together through the CSA in support of the following programs and ministries so that we may continue the teaching, healing ministry of Jesus:

  • Communication - Education, evangelization and information to the Catholic community of our diocese through television, radio, print and digital materials, and digital media such as websites and social media.
  • Catholic Education - The Office of Catholic Schools establishes the standards, training and curriculum necessary for our Catholic schools to be truly Catholic.
  • Catholic Charities West Michigan - CCWM endeavors to provide help and create hope for the most vulnerable of our communities.
  • Priestly Vocations - The Office of Priestly Vocations is at the forefront of the vital effort to attract, guide and support men as they consider a call to serve the Lord as priests.
  • Catechesis - Religious education and formation provided to children, youth, young adults and adults through our parishes.
  • Cultural Ministries - Helping meet the spiritual and material needs of permanent and migrant communities in our 11-county diocese.

Learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal