Rethink how you support the church.
The 2020 annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is upon us. Thanks to your incredible support and financial sacrifice, last year we received more than $147,000 back as a refund, all of which will not be assessed nor will it increase future CSA goals. This same $147,000, if received through regular offertory, would have been assessed 7% or $10,290. Additionally, if sustained, would have increased our future CSA goal by $21,315.
The Archdiocese of Detroit has rolled back CSA goals by 15% for the 2020 campaign making this year’s goal $169,288. As you are already aware, contributions to CSA provide a huge benefit at St. Isidore. CSA 2020 is more important than ever as we were unable to hold the Strawberry Festival this year, an event that raised nearly $70,000 in 2019. We are asking people to consider adding the funds they normally would have spent at the festival through raffle tickets, food and entertainment to this year’s CSA campaign pledge. We believe this type of gift will have a huge long term benefit to our community. Any consideration is appreciated.
The crux of the CSA 2.0 campaign has been sharing the value of a dollar given to the campaign. The chart below provides a visual of this value. If after reviewing it you have any questions please contact our Business Manager, Chris Kozlowski. He’d love the opportunity to walk you through the benefit
Frequently Asked Questions about CSA
What is CSA?
The Catholic Services Appeal is an annual appeal to the parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Catholic Services Appeal benefits parishes and people in the AOD and beyond through the more than 100 ministries that it funds. No CSA dollars have ever been-or ever will be-used to settle claims of any nature against the Archdiocese, or to support projects outside of the Archdiocese, other than six specific national collections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The archdiocesan lay Finance Council oversees the distribution of CSA funds to ensure all reach the ministries, programs, and services for which they are intended.
How is the CSA target for an individual parish calculated?
Over the last few years, this calculation has been simplified greatly by the AOD. The CSA target is now quite simple to calculate. The CSA target is calculated by taking a parish’s Offertory and Christmas calculation and applying a multiplier. Because St. Isidore is such a large parish, our multiplier is 14.5%.
How is the AOD’s operational budget determined?
Over the last few years, this calculation has been changed as well. The AOD now forms a budget using the historic data that drives the parish target. Using the tiered system based on parish size, the AOD’s operational budget is determined by adding up each parish’s offertory and Christmas collection and multiplying that figure by the respective parish tier. As stated in question #2 above, St. Isidore’s multiplier is 14.5%.
Does withholding a contribution from C.S.A. money send a signal of dissatisfaction to the Archdiocese?
Answer: No, not in the least. Because the CSA target is actually a true assessment, or tax, the Archdiocese is unaffected on an individual withholding support for the campaign. The real result of withholding support for CSA is an increased operating liability at the parish level. If you want to show displeasure with the diocese, or to the bishop, the best way is through a thoughtful, direct letter to Archbishop Vigneron, detailing what your concerns are.
What is the consequence if a parish doesn’t reach our CSA target?
A parish must use operating income or savings to pay for any shortfall to the CSA target. This has significant financial consequences for the parish. Money used to pay the shortfall is money that has already been received as part of offertory or the Christmas collection, and has thus, already been taxed. If a CSA goal is hit directly, all extra money is returned to the parish without an assessment. Furthermore, the success of CSA has no implication in future CSA targets, as the calculation does not include the success of previous campaigns as part of the future calculation.
Do parishes hit their CSA targets?
Yes, the majority of parishes hit their goal without using operational income. Because the CSA is essentially a tax, the AOD always receives the determined CSA target. This target serves as an operational budget for the Archdiocese.
What benefits does St. Isidore realize through CSA?
The most obvious answer is administrative support for priests, lay leaders, and volunteers of the parish. A physical breakdown of the $18,500,000 CSA budget from 2019 shows that 20.6% of the funds were used to provide Mission Grants, 15.6% to support Sacred Heart Major Buildings and Facilities, 15.6% on Evangelization, Catechesis and Education, and 14.5% was used in support of Clergy, Vocations and Consecrated Life . The CSA budget also funds the communications department, Stewardship and Development Programs, as well as the Metropolitan Tribunal. The Archdiocese is a critical structure in support of the parishes.