Letter from Father Gary Michalik
To All Parishioners,
Each spring the Archdiocese of Detroit sponsors the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). The money collected from the CSA supports the various Archdiocesan offices and ministries that assist people throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. These include the offices for Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Worship, Parish Life and Services as well as chaplaincy ministry in hospitals the Tribunal for marriage annulments, family life services, campus ministry programs at local colleges, and many others. The annual CSA is vital for the Archdiocesan daily operations just as our weekly contributions support the everyday operations of St. Colette Parish.
Every parish is given a CSA target goal by the Archdiocese. This year our parish’s goal is $183,341. Every parish household is asked to make a sacrificial gift to this year’s CSA. The hope is that the average gift will be in a minimum of $275.00 per household. For some, especially those on fixed incomes, this will not be possible, even as a sacrifice, so whatever gift they can give will be accepted. For others a $275.00 or more gift can be made to this year’s CSA campaign. What is being asked is not an equal gift, but an equal sacrifice. This year I am offering $275.00 to the CSA. This is in addition to what I contribute to the parish in my weekly contribution envelopes. I invite you to join me and offer the gift that is right for you!
I ask that you be so kind as to complete the form printed below indicating your donation or pledge to this year’s CSA. When doing so please consider a pledge payable over a ten month period. Please return the form with your donation in the enclosed envelope and place it in the Sunday collection or mail/hand deliver it to the parish office.
If you prefer to donate online and/or to use a credit or debt card you will have to wait until May 1st when the Archdiocese sets up a program for us to do so. Information regarding donating online and the availabitly of using a credit/debit card will be found on our parish’s website as well as information printed in a second mailing, both of which should be available after May 1st.
If you are unable or not willing to participate in this year’s CSA please indicate this on the form below and return it to the parish office. Doing so will prevent you from receiving further mailings regarding this year’s CSA.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s Catholic Services Appeal. May God bless you for your continued and generosity.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Gary Michalik