From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For April 7, 2019

CSA. Many of you have not filled out and sent in your appeal forms, so we are going to keep talking about it.

While it is called an appeal, CSA is actually an assessment. There is a formula based on parish income as a proportion of all the income across all parishes. Out of the wizardry of spreadsheets comes the number for each parish. That amount is not just an ideal goal: it is an assessment. If you do not pledge (and give) the money, then the balance comes out of the parish’s savings. The flipside is much more positive: any money given over the assessment amount returns to the parish.

One of the neat options is that if there is money that comes back to the parish, it isn’t counted as part of our regular income. Therefore, the returned money isn’t factored into the assessment calculations. I know a few pastors who have expanded their parish’s budget while lowering their assessment because they have received so much back from CSA. This isn’t a perfect option because if every parish did it the diocese would change how they make the assessment. Even so, it is still a great boon for the parish.

If you haven’t filled out your CSA pledge form, please do so quickly. As they say, many hands make light work. All our hands together can knock this out of the park in no time.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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