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One of the more familiar scripture passages to many of us is: “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him”. (1John 4:16). Out of this bible passage surfaces our 2014 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) theme: “God is love”. We might be quick to say that we know “God is love”; however, living out God’s love as Jesus’ disciples needs ongoing refinement.
Our Diocese of Gary has presented us Catholics from Northwest Indiana with 28 discipleship refinement events in the last 28 years that thanks to the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) for 2014, the CSA continues to proclaim the gospel mission about spreading Jesus’ gospel message of love to all peoples which includes our diocese, our nation and the entire world.
The annual CSA campaign reminds us of how our stewardship of treasure generosity has its roots in how any treasure we have is gift from God and the way we thank God is by sharing generously. CSA 2014 continues to support the training of future priests and deacons, the training of lay people for ministry leadership, retirement support for priests and nuns of our diocese, sponsoring Youth and Young Adult activities, training for Catechists in Religious Education, outreach to the needy with Catholic Charities/ Catholic Family Services as well as 8 national and international collections.
Our 2014 CSA treasure goal for St. Joseph Parish set by the Diocese of Gary is $31,093.00. I ask that you join me in making a sacrificial pledge of $1600.00 for this year’s CSA. If you can give more, please do. If you cannot meet my pledge, then please give a sacrificial amount that fits your circumstances.
My hope is that St. Joseph Parish will far exceed our set goal so that we will receive several thousand dollars in rebate treasure from the Diocese to apply to eventually getting new carpeting for the Church, new tile in the sacristy, and repainting the Church.
I trust that we together want to “remain in God” and, thus, want to “remain in love”. Our Diocese encourages us to generously support the 2014 CSA as a specific way of putting God’s Love into gospel mission action.
Please keep in mind that we have until January 31st, 2015 to fulfill the payment of our 2014 CSA pledges.
Thank you for your CSA support in past years. Let us continue to grow in generosity to CSA in 2014.
With Loving Gratitude,
Fr. Terry Steffens