2018 Diocesan Services Appeal begins April 21-22

The 2018 Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) begins the weekend of April 21-22. Our parish goal is $99,162. To prepare to pledge, please pray and ask the Lord how much you should give to the DSA. Pledge envelopes will be available beginning the weekend of April 21-22.

Have questions about the DSA? Please first check the list below. If your question is not answered there, then feel free to contact Business/Operations Manager Ken Bogan at 734-929-0989 or kbogan@ctkcc.net.

Why are we having a DSA campaign this year? I thought that the Witness to Hope campaign was supposed to take the place of the DSA.

What is the difference between the DSA and Witness to Hope?

Can I make my pledge online?

Can I pay by credit card or direct debit from my bank account?

Can I donate to the DSA by stock or a transfer from my IRA?

I have other questions. Where can I go for more information?

Why are we having a DSA campaign this year?
The DSA appeal was last conducted during the Lenten season in 2016, over 2 years ago, and funded important operations and ministries through the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  A small share of Witness to Hope contributions was designated to sustain these operations and ministries for one year only, fiscal year 2017-2018.  All other Witness to Hope contributions have other designated purposes and cannot be used to fund the ongoing costs of these operations and ministries.  This DSA is necessary to support this mission through the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

What is the difference between the DSA and Witness to Hope?
The DSA is an annual appeal, meaning gifts are used to sustain the ongoing, day-to-day work of the Church in our Diocese.  The programs and services funded by the DSA offer direct assistance to individuals and families and to our parishes and schools. Witness to Hope donations fund six endowments that have been established at The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lansing to support vital designated purposes of the wider Church long into the future. In addition, Witness to Hope contributions support Christ the King’s capital needs

Consider this analogy:  An individual invests in the future by buying or building a home. He or she then needs to provide for the operation and maintenance of that home.  Witness to Hope gifts are a long-term investment in the future of the Church. DSA gifts support ongoing efforts at our parishes, schools, and across the diocese.  Both types of gifts are necessary and responsible uses of the financial gifts with which God has graced us as the stewards of His Holy Catholic Church.

Can I make my pledge online?
Yes! Just click here to go to the Diocese of Lansing’s DSA website. Under “Parish Affiliation,” please be sure to select Christ the King – Ann Arbor as your parish.

Can I pay by credit card or direct debit from my bank account?
Yes, you can make a gift by direct debit or with VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. This year all credit card and direct debit information must be entered through the Diocese of Lansing’s DSA websitePlease do NOT donate to the DSA through the Christ the King Online Giving site.

Can I donate to the DSA by stock or a transfer from my IRA?
Yes, appreciated stock or qualified charitable distributions from an IRA may be transferred to the Catholic Foundation. Such donations may provide significant tax benefits; please consult your tax advisor for more information. Please contact Matt Hufnagel, Vice President of Development at the Catholic Foundation, at 517-342-2503 or mhufnagel@dioceseoflansing.org for information your advisor may need to complete your DSA gift.

I have other questions. Where can I go for more information?
More information is available at the Diocese of Lansing’s DSA website, www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa. You may also contact Matt Hufnagel, Vice President of Development at the Catholic Foundation, at 517-342-2503 or mhufnagel@dioceseoflansing.org. If you have questions specific to the handling of the DSA campaign at Christ the King, please contact Business/Operations Manager Ken Bogan at 734-929-0989 or kbogan@ctkcc.net.