What is the Catholic Services Appeal?
The future of the Catholic Church relies on men answering God’s call in their lives. The Office of Priestly Vocations supports candidates in prayerfully discerning their calling to become priests and introduces them to the joys and the challenges of the formation process and ordained life. Currently there are 26 men from our diocese participating in formation for the priesthood. Your CSA support underwrites this crucial ministry which helps guide men as they listen to God’s call and share in an invitation to take part more fully in the life and ministry of Jesus.
Catholic School Education
More than 6,600 students in 30 Catholic schools across our 11-county diocese are formed in our faith, educated for college and life, and provided with an environment in which they are welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. Your CSA gift ensures that a Catholic school education is possible for all children by providing scholarship support. In addition, your gift helps the Office of Catholic Schools in providing support to principals and teachers regarding policy, standards, training and curriculum.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is home to the largest population of Hispanics in West Michigan. We welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ through the outreach of our Hispanic Ministry Office which helps meet the spiritual and material needs of the permanent and migrant communities across our 11 counties. In addition, the Black Catholic and Native American Ministry Offices respond to the sacramental, spiritual and material needs of the Black and Native American communities of our diocese to ensure our brothers and sisters are welcomed and cared for. Your CSA gift supports these offices which celebrate the diverse communities that form the universal Church.
People experience many different kinds of hunger in their lives – physical, mental, emotional hunger. Through your CSA contribution you help Catholic Charities West Michigan tend to the most basic types of hunger in our 11-county diocese. The hunger for food is the most obvious need in our community; but Catholic Charities also seeks to quench the innate hunger people have for for love, peace, safety, and unity. Most of all though, people hunger for hope. Catholic Charities helps bring about positive change through innovative and collaborative programs that provide help and create hope by supplying food, protecting at-risk children, counseling those who struggle, and building stronger families.
Faith formation is a lifelong process of initial conversion, formation, education, and ongoing conversion. Each year, thousands of Catholics of all ages engage in religious education and formation programs provided through our parishes to help strengthen them in that process. Your CSA contribution helps train and support parish catechists and directors of religious education while ensuring that materials are accurate, up-to-date, and effective in enabling all to grow in faith and discipleship.
The Office of Communications works to carry out the call to bring Christ and his message of salvation into the world. For more than 60 years, the broadcast of Sunday Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew has been provided to the homebound, hospitalized, and incarcerated through your generous support. Catholics, and anyone with access to a television or the internet, are able to participate in the celebration of Mass every Sunday on FOX 17, at dioceseofgrandrapids.org, or on Facebook. FAITH Grand Rapids magazine, also produced out of the communications office, reaches more than 44,000 homes ten times per year, and an additional 4,000 people four times a year with a Spanish-language issue, sharing inspirational stories of the faith of every day Catholic men and women.
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