Making Christ Visible in Southern Illinois
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) is an annual, diocesan-wide collection that helps fund 14 ministries and offices that provide social, parish and education services in the Catholic Diocese of Belleville:
The mission of the Church…to ensure the healing, teaching and sanctifying presence of Jesus Christ in the ministries and programs that bring hope to countless people throughout the diocese…is only made possible through your support. Every dollar raised is restricted to support only the work of those ministries and programs listed above.
Please pray for the success of The 2017 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and, if your circumstances permit, consider making a gift or pledge of any size. Your contributions are deeply appreciated, very much needed and will make a difference in the lives of many!
Or by check, by sending a gift to:
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal
Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third St.
Belleville, IL 62220
Or by credit card, by calling 618-277-8181, Ext. 1131
The Catholic Diocese of Belleville is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.
Every weekend parishioners gather at the Lord's table at their parishes to receive the Body of Christ. While this is the way many receive Communion, a good number of people - and the number seems to be growing - are no longer able to leave their homes to attend parish liturgies as they once did. They rely on clergy and other volunteers to bring them the Eucharist.
When a customer walks into the store at Daystar Community Program in Cairo, he or she will always receive a smile and a "what can I do for you"? And they mean it.
Amy Conoway works at the store, greeting customers, meeting needs and fulfilling requests for food or assistance along with others, including Sherry Miller, Daystar director.
More than a store, it is a place where people can feel accepted and that someone will really try to meet their needs, people like Peter Brown who needed some bedding, even if that bedding would be used on the ground, park bench or under an overpass if he could find no shelter.
Daystar is one of the agencies that receives funding from The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.
When catastrophic events interrupt people’s lives that were just making it, everything changes. A chasm opens, and stretching a budget from week to week and month to month becomes impossible.
Some of the people who have lived through one catastrophe or another know they can turn to Catholic Urban Programs — CUP — in the Diocese of Belleville for help.
Everyone who has ever sent a child to a Catholic school knows it’s a struggle to pay tuition.
Norkisha Epps knows this because she works two jobs to send her children to Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis, and she is beginning to see the fruits of her labors.
Please click below to see the Board of Directors for The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal