The Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) supports the work of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  As Christians, each of us has a responsibility to share our blessings with others.  After reflecting upon the ministries funded by the CSA, please consider making a gift.

Goal: $1,700,000
Amount Raised: $1878553
Number of Gifts: 

Raised $1,878,553 towards the $1,700,000 target.

Parish Share – 50%
Diocesan Ministries – 17%
Catholic Education – 13%
Catholic Charities WV – 13%
Catholic Sharing Appeal Costs – 7%

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Bishop_Bransfield_800Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we continue through this Jubilee Year of Mercy we, the Catholic community in West Virginia, strive to bring to life the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through ministry and outreach at our parishes, schools and charitable agencies. Each spring, the Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) seeks charitable support for specific new or expanded ministries that augment the merciful work of our local parishes and the diocese. The CSA opens many doors and welcomes many people.

The theme for the 2016 Catholic Sharing Appeal is Opening the Doors of His Mercy, drawing on the words of Pope Francis to “gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.” The Holy Father reminds us this Jubilee year that our salvation depends on mercy, and that mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.

I ask that you prayerfully consider supporting the Catholic Sharing Appeal. By contributing to the Appeal, you can help spread the merciful presence of the church to our brothers and sisters in Christ across West Virginia. If circumstances allow, your pastor and I ask you to contribute to the CSA; your gift will fund ministries such as faith formation, youth ministry, Catholic education and Catholic Charities.

Up to half or more of your gift will be returned to your parish once it reaches 50% of its assigned goal. Please refer to your pastor’s letter for information about your parish goal and local use of CSA funds. The enclosed brochure outlines how the diocese will utilize CSA contributions.

With your support of the CSA, we will continue to witness mercy as a bridge that connects God and man, thus opening our hearts to the hope of us all being loved by our merciful Father.

Entrusting you to the protection of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, I am,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston

Parish Share

One way we as parishioners of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston can continue Opening the Doors to His Mercy is to support our local parish or mission though the Catholic Sharing Appeal, so that they can address their most important needs.

The first 50% raised at your parish will benefit the diocesan case for support. Every dollar over 50% of parish goal will be returned to your parish for local use.

Diocesan Ministries

  • Faith Formation Training
  • Engaging the Youth through Family Nights, Camp Bosco, and Youth Minister Training
  • Communications and Technology with Televised Mass and Web Resources
  • ParishSOFT Implementation
  • Liturgical Music Ministry Workshops
  • Safe Environment Training
  • Upgrading Archival Equipment

Catholic Education

  • School-Based Health Programs
  • FIRE Program that Supports Students with Disabilities
  • Professional Development & Technical Training for Teachers
  • Think Through Math Online Resource
  • Tuition Assistance for Students
  • Camp Magis Transportation Costs

Catholic Charities West Virginia

  • Preferential Option for the Poor
  • Justice for the Innocent and Vulnerable
  • Share our Greatest Hope

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Catholic Sharing Appeal?

The Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) is a direct appeal that provides income for
Diocesan ministries, programs, services and parish needs.

What are the elements in the 2015 CSA?

This year our goal is $1,600,000 and the case for support is as follows:

Parish Share – 50%
Catholic Education – 13%
Diocesan Ministries – 17%
Catholic Charities West Virginia – 13%
Appeal Costs – 7%

Does the parish have to pay assessments on the Parish Share portion?

At this time, the Parish Share portions returned to the parishes are assessment free.

Does the parish have to achieve goal to receive their parish share?

The first 50% of the parish goal will benefit diocesan ministries and programs. Each additional dollar raised, will be returned to the parish, including all dollars raised over goal.

How are parish goals determined?

Parish goals are determined based on the percentage of the overall diocesan collection the parish represents from 2013 (most recent data available). For example, if a parish represents 2% of the overall diocesan collection; that parish goal would be 2% of the overall CSA goal.

When will pledge redemption begin?

Parishioners who make pledges will receive their first pledge reminder mailing one month after their pledge has been recorded by the Stewardship and Development Office. Pledge reminders will be mailed the first of every month until pledges are paid in full.

How will the parish receive credit for parishioner gifts?

Each pledge card includes the parishioner’s registered parish below the address information. Please encourage your parishioners to double check this registry on their cards. For gifts made through the in-pew envelope, a space is provided for the parish, and the correct city of the parish. These must be filled in, in order for the parish to receive credit.

Can parishioners restrict their gifts to one or more areas in the case for support?

No, all gifts will be used for the purposes outlined by the diocese as published in the CSA materials, and by the local pastor as publicized to his parish through the direct mail letter.

What type of gifts will be accepted?

Traditional gifts via personal check are accepted, as well as payments made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) or through direct debit with a checking account. Other gifts such as appreciated securities or stock, easily liquidated property, and bequests are also accepted. Parishioners can also make gifts on this website by following the link at the top, Donate.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from
being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in
            created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that
you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen
and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved,
and forgiven by God.  

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news
to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever
and ever.  Amen.  

Official Prayer for the Year of Mercy provided by the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization.  All rights reserved.