Dear Shrine Parishioner,

The season of Lent is once again upon us. The ashes we received a few weeks ago on Ash Wednesday remind us of our earthly mortality as we journey towards the expectation of Easter Resurrection. It is a great liturgical season, destined towards a celebration of the Paschal Mystery, as well as a reflective period where we contemplate our lives and make adjustments to our spiritual course.

This year’s Catholic Service Appeal is an exceptional opportunity for each one of us to make a sacrificial offering and contribute to the funding of such admirable causes, ministries, programs and services that involve us in our local Church and renew our personal commitment to Christ as his disciples. This offering will be an act in the spirit of Christian stewardship and evangelization and will allow each one of us and the Church to share Christ’s journey and sacrifices with others.

The 36th annual Catholic Services Appeal is now underway! I am writing to ask for your support when the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica takes up its collection during the weekend of April 1 and 2, 2017.

As you may know, the CSA funds important ministries, programs, and services throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. No one parish could accomplish all that our local Church is able to because of gifts to the annual appeal. Truly, these blessings touch the lives of thousands of people each day — including many of our own parishioners.

Our parish’s CSA target for 2017 is $273,828. Every dollar that we — including myself — contribute helps our parish. If we exceed our target, 100 percent of the excess will be returned directly to our parish. Any excess the parish collects above our target will go toward our Parish Community Center Fund. However, if we do not meet the target, the shortfall will be taken from our general fund. That is why the CSA is the best time to give additional gifts to our parish.

Please understand how important your gift is! No gift too small or too large, increased participation will help us reach our target.

If all of us work together, we will easily exceed our target. Therefore, I am humbly asking you to prayerfully consider a gift toward our target, either as a one-time cash payment or in the form of a pledge. Of course, I realize that some parishioners have more than others and are able to give.

What is important is that if each of us makes an equal sacrifice relative to our means, it can make a big difference.

Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the 2017 CSA. You may return your completed pledge card at Mass when we take up the CSA collection or drop it by the parish office at your earliest convenience. I sincerely appreciate your stewardship. God bless you for your generosity!

Most Rev. Robert J. Fisher

STEWARDSHIP: God blesses us when we bless others in mercy and love