Catholic Services Appeal is off to strongest start yet

The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) set a record this year by surpassing its original goal of $5.5 million by Jan. 30. As of mid-February, the annual appeal has raised almost $5.7 million in pledges from more than 20,000 families. To date, more than $3.8 million has been collected with the remaining portion to be collected through the end of the summer. 
These generous gifts to the CSA support the diocese in its mission of making, forming and nourishing disciples, and assisting the clergy, religious and lay people who carry out this mission across Central Texas. 
Compared to last year, the CSA is ahead 5 percent in pledges, 8 percent in collections and 8 percent in average gift amount. The “Good Shepherd Giving Society” was launched this year honoring those families who donated $2,500 or more in this year’s appeal. It has been very successful with a 350 percent increase in participation from last year. 
“This year’s success is primarily due to the generous and faithful people of the Diocese of Austin and their commitment to stewardship as a way of life. We are thankful for the many blessings the diocese continues to receive from so many faithful Catholics,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez.
The Diocese of Austin is incredibly grateful for the support of all our parishes in the diocese. As of the date of this publication, 69 parisheshave already achieved their goal and 40 parishes have achieved their challenge goal. For a full listing of each parish’s success please look for the CSA final report in the summer issue of the Catholic Spirit or visit www.austindiocese.org/csa or call Lisa Rosenberger at (512) 949-2450.

For parish CSA goals and pledges, visit http://www.austindiocese.org/sites/default/files/content/users/user4245/CSA%20Status%20Report%20as%20of%202-23-17.pdf.