2016 Liturgical Aids



 


 

 

 

Announcement Weekend - 23-24

The following material is a weekend by weekend checklist to help your appeal process run smoothly. You will find within each section: goal of the weekend, points of interest, pulpit announcements, intercessional prayers and bulletin announcements.
 

  Points of insight:
  • A pre-appeal letter may be an option to consider. This letter is typically written by the pastor announcing the beginning of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal and prompting parishioners to watch for their letter from Bishop Paul Swain and encourage them to pray about their participation.




Pulpit Announcements

Announcement Weekend – January 23-24

Next weekend begins Catholic Family Sharing Appeal – 2016. This is our opportunity to enable the mission and ministry of the Church of Eastern South Dakota. Please take time to prayerfully consider your gift for this year and pray for the success of CFSA and remember that any money that we raise over our goal stays within our parish. Our efforts here will enable all members of our diocesan Church to join in glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ.
(This is also a great time to talk about what additional funds will be used for.)




Intercession Prayers


Announcement weekend – January 23-24

I. That as we begin the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal, God may bless our parish and diocese. Strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian generosity by opening our hearts to the needs of the Church….We Pray to the Lord

II. For all Catholics throughout Eastern South Dakota; may we be one in the good will of Christ by supporting the work of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal….We Pray …

III. For us, the faithful of (Parish Name); may we respond as one to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal and in gratitude return to God a portion of all he has placed in our lives…We Pray …

IV. That Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016 may be successful in our parish and throughout the diocese in raising the necessary funds for us to continue to be united in hope….We Pray …




Bulletin Announcement

Announcement weekend – January 23-24
Next week we begin Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016. Your gift will help each of the diocesan ministries reach out to thousands, including training our future priests, proclaiming Christ’s message through the media, providing counsel to the hurt and reaching out to the youth.

Please prayerfully consider how God is asking you to support this year’s appeal. Next week we will learn more about this appeal and the programs it supports. Thank you and I look forward to your participation.

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Education Weekend/Kickoff to CFSA
- January 30-31


Education Weekend is one of the key opportunities to inform and make your parish family aware of the upcoming CFSA 2016. It is the springboard that will set the tone for the entire appeal.

By the time Education Weekend arrives, the following should be in place:

  • Posters displayed in gathering areas
  • Bulletin announcement
  • CFSA Chairperson and Volunteer committee
  • Initial parish letters from priest sent to top donors
  • Church announcements organized
  • General Intercessions
  • Bishop’s audio message checked and ready to play

 

 

Points of insight:

  • The homily and Bishop’s audio message are the main focus.
  • Enthusiasm and motivation will set the tone.
  • Public awareness that they will receive Bishop’s letter and pledge card
  • Instructions on bringing their pledge cards to Mass on February 6-7
  • Overview of the ministries funded through CFSA (people want to know where their dollars are going)
  • Try to localize these ministries into your area and show benefits
  • Overview of the parish’s goal – what will the excess amount raised be used for?
  • Indicate that monies over goal will stay in parish and used for (parish cause)
  • Emphasize that “ 100% Participation” is the true goal
  • Utilize a lay witness presentation
  • This may be a time you wish to discuss parish stewardship






Pulpit Announcements:

Education Weekend - January 30-31

This week we begin Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016. Your gift to CFSA helps provide the necessary funding for many of the ministries within our diocese such as training our future priests, giving a voice to the unborn through the Respect Life Office, faith formation for youth and adults, ministry to the homebound and support of Newman Centers at our state universities. Most of these have or will, directly or indirectly, touch the lives of everyone in our parish. These are ongoing ministries and Bishop Swain needs our help to serve the many needs of our brothers and sisters in East River South Dakota.

This week you will receive a letter from Bishop Swain asking for your support to this year’s CFSA. Please prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s appeal, fill out your pledge card and bring it to church next weekend. If you do not receive a letter, let the parish office know.

Our parish goal for the year 2016 is $____ and 100% participation of that goal $_____will be send to the diocese. We hope that everyone will prayerfully consider the opportunity to offer a gift to this appeal. Remember any amount raised above our assessment stays in this parish. Thank you for being a part of CFSA – 2016.





Homily Ideas:

Kickoff/Education Weekend - January 30-31

  • Bishop’s audio message
  • You will receive a letter from Bishop Swain later in the week along with a pledge card for CFSA 2016.
  • Each year we as Catholics are called to come together as one family to give thanks to God for the many gifts we have been given. CFSA is our opportunity to grow together in the life of the church, to support those around us as we do our family.
  • The funds raised by CFSA are a critical supplement to the ministries of the diocese. These ministries are greater than what one individual parish could support and maintain. Together we are able to fund ministries that serve the greater church.
  • Those of you who have been involved in the past know what you gave last year. Add to that, if possible or consider increasing your gift to help us reach the parish’s goal. Those who are involved for the first time, what should you give? Some can give $50, some $100, some $500, some $1,000 ….only you can determine that through prayer.
  • We will be collecting pledge cards during the offertory next Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th.
  • Reflect on the theme, “Love Never Fails” and take the time to prayerfully consider your gift.
  • Let’s make this a great year for CFSA and join our diocesan church in helping the people of our diocese.
  • I want to thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.






Intercession prayers:

 Kickoff/Education Weekend - January 30-31

I. That as we begin the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal, God may bless our parish and diocese. Strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian generosity by opening our hearts to the needs of the Church….We Pray to the Lord

II. That Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016 may be successful in our parish and throughout the diocese in raising the necessary funds for us to continue to do God’s ministry….We Pray to the Lord

III. That we all may be open to to the mercy of God this year and remember that "Love Never Fails."....We pray to the Lord






Bulletin Announcement:

 Kickoff/Education Weekend - January 30-31

Today we begin the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016. CFSA challenges us each year to think beyond our walls and our individual needs. At some time in your life, you or someone you love will be served in one way or another from the ministries supported by CFSA. Your gift helps each of the diocesan ministries reach out to thousands, including training our future priests, a respect for life, education in our faith and ministry to the homebound, helping hurting marriages and more. This week you will receive a letter from Bishop Swain asking for your support for this year’s CFSA. Please prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s appeal, fill out your pledge card and bring it to church next weekend. If you do not receive a letter, let the parish office know.

Our parish goal for 2016 is $____ and 100% participation. I am confident we will exceed this goal, but we need the help of everyone. Remember any amount raised above our goal stays in this parish. Thank you for being a part of CFSA 2016.
 

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Commitment Weekend - February 6-7

The Commitment Weekend is where a large percentage of your pledges will be collected. It is important at this time to attract those who have not donated before and encourage those who have not returned the cards to do so at their earliest convenience.

By the time Commitment Weekend arrives, the following should be in place:

  • Posters displayed in gathering areas
  • Bulletin announcement
  • Bishop’s letter and pledge card received in-house
  • Initial parish letters sent to top donors
  • Church announcements organized
  • General Intercessions
  • Initial education as to CFSA and ministries funded
  • Ushers instructed on offertory
  • Table in a central location for duplicate pledge cards

 

  Points of insight:
  • The homily is the main focus
  • Enthusiasm and motivation will set the tone for the offering.
  • Utilize a lay witness presentation if possible
  • Awareness of their receipt of Bishop’s letter and pledge card
  • Make parishioners aware that duplicate pledge cards are available in back of church
  • Instructions on bringing their pledge cards to the offertory
  • Consider setting up a separate offertory for CFSA only
  • Overview of the ministries funded through CFSA (people want to know where their dollars are going)
  • Try to localize these ministries into your area and show benefits
  • Overview of the parish assessment and “stretch” goal
  • Indicate that gifts over the assessment will stay in parish and used for (parish cause)
  • Have a cause for over shooting your assessment and place reminders of the cause
  • Emphasize that “100% Participation” is the true goal
  • This may be a time you wish to discuss parish stewardship
     





Pulpit Announcements:

Commitment Weekend – February 6-7

Today we collect the pledge cards for the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016. Thank you all who have already given so generously. Every gift, regardless of the size, is important to the success of CFSA and the many ministries that it supports.

If you did not bring your pledge card in this week, please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. We need participation from everyone to support the many works of our diocesan church. If you cannot participate financially please consider filling out your card and offer a prayer for the success of CFSA. Our goal is 100% participation offered through our time, talent or treasure. Again, any amount raised above the assessment will stay in the parish.






Homily Ideas:

Commitment Weekend – February 6-7

  • You should have received your letter and pledge card from Bishop Swain earlier this week. I would like to thank all of you who have already been so generous this weekend.
  • Those of you who have been involved in the past know what you gave last year. Consider increasing your gift, if possible, to help make this goal. Those who are involved for the first time, we ask you to prayerfully consider the manner in which you can support CFSA
  • Let’s make this a great year for CFSA and those less fortunate than ourselves. I want to thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
  • For those who have yet to give, we will have duplicate pledge cards available after Mass
  • Thank you again and God bless.
     





Intercession prayers:

Commitment Weekend – February 6-7

I.  That as we begin the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016, God may bless our parish and diocese, strengthen our faith and help us remember that “Love Never Fails.”

II. That God will grant us a generous spirit so we may see the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal as an opportunity to understand Christian stewardship to strengthen our families, our parish and diocesan community.






Bulletin Announcements:

Commitment Weekend - February 6-7

Today we collect pledge cards for the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal - 2016. This is an opportunity for us to unite with all Catholics in the diocese to share our blessings and to show our concern for one another. Every gift, regardless of the size, is important to the success of CFSA and the many ministries that it supports.

If you did not bring yours this week, please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. We need participation from everyone to support the many works of our diocesan church. If you cannot participate financially, fill out your card and offer a prayer for the success of CFSA. Our goal is 100% participation through time, talent and treasure. Again, any amount raised above the goal will stay in the parish. To those who returned their cards, thank you for your generous response!



 

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First Follow-up Weekend - February 13-14
 

 

Points of insight:

  • Update Parish goal charts to show progress (included in information folder sent to parish.)
     





Pulpit Announcements:

Follow-up Weekend – February 13-14

Thank you to those who have responded to Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.

Last weekend we reached ____% of our parish CFSA goal. ___ of our ___ households have responded. Congratulations and thank you!

Our goal is 100% participation and we still need to hear from some of you. Please fill out your pledge card and return it as soon as possible. Pledge cards are also available after Mass for those who have misplaced theirs and would like to pledge today.






Intercession prayers:

Follow-up Weekend – February 13-14

I.  In thanksgiving to all who have responded to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2016, that their generosity may be rewarded with the growth, love and joy that giving generously brings.

II.  That those who have not yet had an opportunity to participate in the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal will listen to their hearts and make a generous commitment for the greater work of our diocesan Church family.







Bulletin Announcements:

Follow-up Weekend – February 13-14

Our Catholic faith is a gift from God. As people of the Diocese of Eastern South Dakota, we are united in faith. We are people who hope and pray and help each other on our journey of faith. Gifts given to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal are given out of love of God and love of one another.

Last weekend we reached ____% of our parish CFSA goal. ___ of our ___ households have responded. Congratulations and thank you for your stewardship! Our goal is 100% participation and we still need to hear from some of you, so please fill out your pledge card and return it as soon as possible.

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Second Follow-up Weekend - April 2-3

 

Points of insight:

  • Update Parish goal charts to show progress
     






Pulpit Announcements:

Second Follow-up Weekend - April 2-3

A pledge to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal is a great act of generosity. It is our opportunity to participate in the Church beyond our parish limits. Thank you for your generosity to the CFSA 2016. Your continued support will enable our diocesan ministries to reach out to thousands of our brothers and sisters in need.

To date, our parishioners have contributed $_____ with _____% of our parishioners having participated. This will put our parish at $______(over or under) our goal.

Congratulations and thank you to all! Remember that this amount over the goal will stay in the parish. Thank you again for your generosity.








Intercession prayers:

Second Follow-up Weekend - April 2-3

I.  May our sharing of our gifts through the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal help bring peace, justice and equality to the world.

II.  That God may bless our parish and diocese, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian giving by opening our hearts to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.








Bulletin Announcements:

Second Follow-up Weekend - April 2-3

Thank you for your generosity to the CFSA 2016. Your continued support will enable our diocesan ministries to reach out to thousands of our brothers and sisters in need.

To date, our parishioners have contributed $_____ with _____% of our parishioners have participated. This will put our parish at $______(over or under) our goal. Remember that this amount over the goal will stay in the parish.

Thank you again for your generosity.
 

 

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