For more than 10 years, the Catholic Sharing Appeal has been giving help and hope to thousands of people across our great mountain state. Created in 2007 to help our diocese carry out the work of the Church, the CSA has provided funding for various diocesan services while also assisting our parishes and missions with their most pressing needs. When you support the ministries of the CSA, you help to sow seeds of HOPE in the fertile grounds of our state.
The past year has been a difficult time in the life of the Catholic Church, but in particular within the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The news of the credible allegations of sexual harassment of adults and the financial improprieties of former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield have caused many to question their giving. Some assume that gifts made to the Catholic Sharing Appeal benefited the Bishop personally. The fact is, funds donated to the Catholic Sharing Appeal are restricted; they cannot be used by the Bishop, but only for the use stated in the case which supports parishes and ministries.
Please follow the link to learn more about how your gifts to the CSA are used to help thousands of West Virginians across our beautiful state and the steps we are taking as a diocese to strengthen our financial stewardship.
The 2019 Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) theme, Sowing Seeds of HOPE, provides direction and a sense of purpose for our Diocese as we meet the challenges of today and work toward the future to make our Church more vibrant and relevant. The CSA is an essential way to reach beyond ourselves and our parish and give HOPE to others through the diversity of our ministries, programs and services which enrich a Christ-centered way of life.
Each year we ask you, the faithful of West Virginia, for your participation in the Catholic Sharing Appeal. Since the beginning of the CSA in 2007, YOU have contributed more than $20,000,000 with more than 127,000 generous gifts.
The people served and the ministries sustained by the Catholic Sharing Appeal provide HOPE for every one of our parish communities and unite us as a Diocesan Church.
24,282 Square Miles
87 Diocesan Priests
19 Elementary Schools
6 High Schools
4,114 Catholic School Students
21 Community Outreach Offices
As Christians, each of us has a responsibility to share our blessings with others. The CSA provides a way for each of us to share our gifts and take an active role, not only in our local parish, but also across our Mountain State.
“We come together to live out our Catholic calling. By collectively sharing our treasure, we are able to enhance and multiply our ability to serve the poor, to educate, to evangelize, to worship, to make a difference – to give HOPE to the hopeless.”
-Rev. Sebastian Devasya, Pastor, Sacred Heart Parishes in Bluefield and Princeton
“The CSA allows our faithful parishioners across the state to give of their financial stewardship to benefit their own parish community in a particular way and to assist in supporting diocesan programs and ministries. Both the parish and the diocese need this support; stronger and more vibrant parishes benefit the diocese, while diocesan programs and initiatives also flow back to strengthen our parishes and their communities.”
Chad Carter, Chancellor, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Funds raised through the CSA help sustain and expand outreach efforts to some of the most underserved areas of our state. Your generosity provides additional funding for statewide services such as food and utility assistance, as well as programs that
provide for children and the elderly.
“The CSA is an integral part of sustaining our programs that help those in need. It enables us to help our brothers and sisters across the state who are suffering from poverty, lack of education, unemployment, substance misuse disorder and many other social skills; it also allows us to support our own parishes. Supporting the CSA brings relief throughout the state and in our own backyard.”
-Beth Zarate, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities West Virginia
We most often experience Church in our local parish. The portion of the CSA that is returned to parishes will enable them to address their most pressing needs. Last year, more than $2.3 million supported parishes and missions through CSA funding.
“St. Michael Church has reached that age where rehabilitation is needed on the facility. HVAC, lighting and landscaping have been the three major areas of concern as we move forward. The CSA has helped tremendously in meeting the needs of renovating a 60-year-old structure.”
-Rev. John Gallagher, Pastor, St. Michael Parish,Vienna
“The CSA has allowed us, with the construction of our new parish hall, the HOPE of seeing our parish life grow and reach out into the community. The hall will give us space for events that will allow us to spread our fellowship and evangelization into the community.”
-Rev. Penumaka Manikyalarao, Pastor, St. Matthew Parish, Ravenswood
The CSA helps fund more than 20 programs and ministries in the Diocese. It provides pastoral leaders with the tools that help them teach the faith, celebrate the Sacraments, and build a vibrant culture of life, centered around the Eucharist.
Through our camps, retreats, youth rallies and prayer experiences, we work hard to introduce young people to the author of HOPE, Joy, and Love. Over the past several years, we have dramatically increased youth outreach through our camp and throughout the Diocese with programs like Pursuit and youth rallies. Those efforts happen in part because of the Catholic Sharing Appeal. The CSA is helping form disciples and leaders in our Church today and for the future.”
-Bob Perron, Director of Youth, Young Adult, & Campus Ministry,
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
All gifts to the Catholic Sharing Appeal help fund ministries and programs that benefit parishes, missions, schools, Catholic Charities WV, and other Diocesan programs.
You may make a pledge and pay in monthly installments. A monthly reminder will be sent for the duration of your pledge period, unless you are fulfilling your pledge via automatic deductions.
An outright gift can be made at any time to the appeal.
To make an online gift or pledge, please click here.
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Catholic Sharing Appeal
P.O. Box 230 • Wheeling, WV 26003
1-888-434-6237 • 304-233-0880
firstname.lastname@example.org • dwc.org/csa
The Catholic Sharing Appeal (CSA) is a direct appeal that provides income for
Diocesan ministries, programs, services and parish needs.
At this time, the Parish Share portions returned to the parishes are assessment free.
All funds donated to the Catholic Sharing Appeal will be (and have been) used for the goals stated in the CSA materials and nothing else.
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.
Parish goals are determined based on the percentage of the overall diocesan collection the parish represents from 2016 (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.
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.
Each pledge card includes the parishioner’s registered parish, which will be the parish to receive the parish share unless otherwise indicated. For gifts made through the in-pew envelope, a space is provided to write in the parish. For gifts made online, there is a section to indicate your parish.
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.
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.
God Our Father,
Every good and perfect gift comes from You.
For Your Son, Jesus Christ, thank You.
For our very life, thank You.
For our family and friends, thank You.
For Your Church, thank You.
For Your abundant grace available in the Sacraments, thank You.
For all those small gifts of Your love that give us HOPE each day, thank You.
Increase in us an awareness of Your abiding presence in our lives.
May our every thought and deed be an act of thanksgiving
for Your generosity and care for us.
Give us grateful Hearts, so that we may respond to Jesus’
call to love God and neighbor.
May our commitment to the Catholic Sharing Appeal continue to serve
the poor and vulnerable through community Outreach, increase our
Parish life and participation, and aid in bringing the Gospel of Christ to
the communities of West Virginia through Evangelization. Amen