Don't Ignore That Catholic Stewardship Appeal Envelope!
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
If you are a Catholic registered at a parish in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, you should have received a mailing in early February to ask for your support of the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal. If you are concerned about the Church's response to the clergy abuse and cover up crisis, don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!
(By the way, if you did not receive a CSA mailing or accidentally threw yours away, you can still participate! Just mail your note to "Catholic Stewardship Appeal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Box 78090, Milwaukee, WI 53278.")
- Believe in supporting the Catholic Stewardship Appeal and make a donation every year...
- Have donated in the past, but don’t feel comfortable doing so this year...
- Always throw that envelope straight in the trash...
I encourage you to use this opportunity to share your thoughts directly with Archbishop Jerome Listecki. (In case you’re wondering, I do have confirmation from the very nice folks coordinating the appeal that any note included in your CSA response will be reviewed and sent along to the appropriate person.) With a mailing going out to every Catholic in the Archdiocese, this is a great opportunity for all of us to speak up!
Here’s What I Recommend:
Prayerfully discern whether you will make a gift this year. Either way, your voice is important.
Whether or not you are sending a donation, use the CSA reply envelope to send a short note to Archbishop Listecki.
Make sure you address the note specifically to him (“Dear Archbishop Listecki”) and give a succinct explanation of your concern.
If you are donating, you may want to say something like, “I am a regular donor to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, because I believe in these ministries. However, I am very concerned about the Church’s response to the clergy abuse and cover up crisis, and I hope to see...”
If you have donated in the past, but will not be doing so this year, you might want to write, “I have always donated to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, but this year…” You could even consider saying, “I will be watching the response of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee over the coming months, and I will consider donating later this year if I see signs of improvement.”
If you do not usually donate, try saying, “Unfortunately, I am not able to support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal at this time. I am a practicing Catholic who loves the Church, but I… (explain your concern).” You could also add, “I hope to see changes in the way the Church handles this issue, and I will consider donating later this year if I see real improvement.”
If you have a specific request or area of concern, explain that briefly in your note: “I would like to see…” or “I hope you will consider…” or “I am concerned about…” Concrete suggestions and concerns are more helpful than a general statement. (If you’re looking for ideas, click here for the suggestions I sent to Archbishop Listecki.)
Feel free to use my prompts above for ideas, but please do your best to put your note into your own words to add a personal touch.
Include your first and last name and your parish with your signature
(FYI, you do also have the option of designating your gift to a particular Archdiocesan ministry that you feel confident supporting. You can view the list of supported ministries here and write a note directly on your reply form and check to communicate your designation.)
Please share this suggestion with other Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who might be interested in raising up their voices at this critical moment in the Church. We are stronger together.