One of the most rewarding aspects of receiving gifts from donors is hearing about what motivates them to give. This giving is a donor’s heartfelt, joyful response to gratitude and a deep commitment to their faithful values. 

We wanted to share some of the notes that have accompanied the hundreds of donations to the Catholic Faithful Response Fund over the past few months, so you too could gain a sense for the motivations of some of the gifts by many faithful people throughout southeast Michigan, and some from out of state, during this time. 

Giving in Honor of Someone who is Still Alive or has Passed Away

  • “I’m making a gift to the wonderful St. Al’s Parish, on the day of the 100th Birthday of the Polish Pope, St. John Paul II the Great” – Elizabeth 
  • “In memory of Antoinette” 
  • “I thank God for you, Aunt Joan, for your example of Faith. May God bless and protect you. St. Joseph, pray for us. I love you.” – Jill
  • “For all 12 Felician Sisters that have passed away since Easter. God bless them all.” – Mary
Giving In Gratitude for a Priest

  • “In honor of pastors and the great work they do for their flock. “ – Bob, with a gift to St. Clare of Montefalco
  • “I just watched Easter Mass on YouTube. Thank you, Fr. Patrick. It was very uplifting. Detroit has a special place in my heart. I am blessed to be able to make this donation for all of the great things your church is doing. God Bless your parish. In Christ’s Name, Amen. – Jack
  • “This gift is inspired by Fr. Patrick and the parishioners of Corpus Christi who are working to stream Mass” – Julie
Giving in Support of Food Banks

  • “Give to those who are in need.” – Robert, with a gift to Corpus Christi parish
  • “Thank you for feeding the hungry.” – Molly 
  • “This ministry follows in the footsteps of Jesus – serving and being present to the poor and vulnerable.” Francine, with a gift to Deo Gratias Ministries 


Giving in Support of Facilities Taking Care of Family Members or Friends:

  • “My sister lives at St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults. I am very familiar with their mission.” – Josh 
  • “This place has been a Godsend for my grandmother and all of their residents”  – Tracy, with a gift to Lourdes Senior Community


Giving More in Times of Greater Need:

  • “I donate to both organizations on an ongoing basis and decided to ‘throw-in’ a little more.” – Harry, with gifts to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Pope Francis Center
  • “I’ve felt helpless sitting at home, unable to volunteer like we usually do at Pope Francis Center. This helps me feel like I can contribute something even at home.” – Victoria
Giving Alongside Prayer:

  • “I am on my knees saying my prayers to St. Joseph.” – Julie, with a gift to St. Joseph Shrine
  • “‘Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.’ Angels’ Place truly demonstrates Christ’s love by providing for those most in need.” – Kyle
Giving Because of Community Awareness:

  • “This is a great way for the community to come together. I didn’t know how to help or who needed assistance.” – Nick 
  • “Thank you for taking care of our community!” – Olivia
  • “I am so grateful for the support that Regina has given the girls during this difficult time. We are so blessed to be part of the Regina family.” – Cheryll

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