Stewardship of Treasure: Generosity
Consistent and Generous Giving
Our deepest reason for giving is not because our parish has needs, but because we have a spiritual need to give. We are called to give to God from our first fruits, and to recognize that everything comes from Him. Our gifts to God should be out of faith and gratitude for what God has done for us. Just like the apostles who laid down their nets the moment that Jesus called them, we too should lay down everything, even something as important to us as our finances, to follow Christ. God’s promise to us is a promise of life and security when we place all our trust in Him. “The Lord will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Take a Step Toward 10 Percent
At St. Michael, we honor the scriptural tithe. We invite parishioners to give 5% of their gross income to God through the offertory, 1% to the diocese and 4% to other charities.
Using the included chart, find your current percentage of giving, then determine what steps you can take toward giving 10% of your household income. Consider increasing your gift by 1% or 2% increments until you reach the scriptural tithe and be faithful to your commitment, whatever it may be.
Action Steps to Be Financially Generous
- Pray about the best use of your financial resources and ask God to show you where you need to give Him priority in them.
- Evaluate your regular offertory gift and increase it based on what you think God is calling you to give until you reach the full scriptural tithe.
- Make a commitment to give regularly to God through the parish offertory, and be faithful to your tithing commitment, even when you attend Mass elsewhere.
If you know you should increase your level of giving, but find it difficult to do so, challenge yourself: “How much do I spend every month on entertainment and eating out? Does my spending reflect the priority of God in my life?”
Here's a resource to help you plan. My Catholic Giving Guide
Ways to Give
Online Giving is available for our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections. Donating is simple, safe, and secure and takes less than five minutes. You’ll be able to give to any of our collections and view complete financial records at any time. Set up a one-time or recurring donation by following these three easy steps:
That’s it. You can return at any time to edit your donation or to view your financial records.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: Contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted.
Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled for online giving will receive receipts via e-mail.
Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions and your privacy is protected at all times. We are certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider.
In Mass via Envelopes
Preprinted envelopes are available for weekly and monthly offerings, as well as, special collections. Envelopes are mailed directly to parishioners on a quarterly basis.
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Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds and mutual funds, directly to the Advancement Foundation and designated for the specific purpose you designate, such as offertory, sanctuary improvements, facility improvements, Christian Connection, etc. Compared with donating cash or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction. By donating appreciated assets directly to the Advancement Foundation, you allow the Church to receive the full pretax value of those appreciated assets and you may avoid capital gains taxes. Click here to fill out the fillable PDF form, or contact Renée Underwood, CFRE, Associate Director, Advancement Foundation, 817-945-9441 for more information.
Are you 70-1/2 or older?
Through an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation to support your parish without having to pay income taxes on the money.
Ask your broker make the check payable directly to the Advancement Foundation and include a note about how it should be credited. Or, download this form!
Please mail the check to 201 Main, Ste. 1198, Fort Worth, TX 76102-3105.
For more information about Building Your Legacy, please visit http://advancementfoundation.planmygift.org/.
St. Michael has partnered with CARS a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane has never been easier! Call 855-500-7433 or fill out the online form.
GRATITUDE is the fundamental reason to GIVE
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything he has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. - Thomas Merton