In their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, a Disciple’s Response, the U.S. bishops state:
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
All we are and all we have is a gift from our Creator, for us to use wisely when building up God’s kingdom here on earth.
When it comes to financial support of our church family, the biblical ideal is a tithe—or 10%—of one’s income. Our Catholic Church leaders suggest giving 5% to church and 5% to charity. Most Catholics who tithe reach this ideal gradually.
Giving time and talent does not excuse us from giving treasure. We know that throughout the Gospels, Jesus challenged us to give as it has been given to us.
Consistent giving provides the Parish Finance Council and the pastor with the opportunity to budget accordingly, encouraging parish administration to be 'good and faithful stewards' of your generous gifts.
Online giving allows you to become an ‘intentional giver’—as opposed to a ‘loose change giver’. An intentional giver is one who has looked at his or her annual income and then prayerfully and intentionally decided what percentage should be set aside for the support of the church and for charity. This is a very powerful lesson in charitable giving when done as a family.
Intentional giving is often described as having three characteristics:
Sacrificial – there should be an element of giving up something – even if it’s just a drive-through cup of coffee once a month
Proportionate – it should be a real reflection of the financial blessings that God has given you
Planned – thoughtfully considering what percentage of the family’s income should be set aside to support the church and charity (Catholic leaders often suggest that half of the family’s charitable giving be set aside for the church and half for other charitable organizations)
Our secured online giving partner is WeShare. You can visit our online giving website by clicking here and you will be redirected to the WeShare site. Here, you can establish a regular on-going gift or donate one-time to a special collection.
To become better stewards of the financial resources that you provide to the parish, once we see that you are a regular online giver, we will discontinue sending you offertory envelopes. To indicate your generous online gift has already been given, each pew has ‘Online Giving” cards that may be placed in the offertory basket as it comes around on Sunday. WeShare also provides printable slips that you may print from your online account and use.
To receive offertory envelopes from Saint John the Baptist Parish, you will need to register as a parishioner. When your registration paperwork is received by the parish office, you will be assigned an envelope number. Donations received with this envelope number will show up on your annual statement.
Offertory envelopes are mailed out bi-monthly and will include special envelopes for holy days. Second collections are not included in the envelope sets that are mailed out, but you may include a check for a second collection donation in your weekly envelope.
If you forget your weekend envelope, there are envelopes in the pews. Please write in your envelope number or your name and address to ensure that you receive the full credit of your donation to the parish. You may also mail in your envelope to the parish office or drop it in the locked mail dropbox to the right of the entrance to the parish offices.
For the current financial summary (previously found in the bulletin), please click here.
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Diocesan Development Drive (DDD)
Each year, our annual appeal from the bishop, known as the Diocesan Development Drive or "the DDD", begins in February. Each parish is asked to contribute towards the diocesan budget to help maintain our mission parishes in the rural areas of Utah, to support our deacon and priest formation programs, and to provide financial support for our local community charities (like Catholic Community Services and the Good Samaritan program) and our Catholic schools. All funds donated are restricted to use for the Diocese's ministries, programs and services.
Pledges can be made via the mailing received by parishioners who made a contribution in the past or via the DDD website ONLINE. Each parish in the Diocese of Salt Lake City is asked by the Bishop to provide a specific dollar amount to the DDD. The amount Saint John the Baptist parish is asked to provide is based on the number of registered families in the parish. So, each registered family is asked to contribute directly to the DDD, on behalf of Saint John the Baptist. Gifts can be made as one time donations or, if periodic giving is better for your family's budget, you can sign up online to make your donation on a month-to-month basis. Any shortfall is made up from general contributions during the month of January. And, 75% of any overage is returned to the parish.
To see our current progress, please click here.
Whatever your family is able to donate to this important fund will be gratefully acknowledged. To learn more about giving to DDD on behalf of Saint John the Baptist Parish, please contact Nancy Lefort at (801) 984-7111.
Gifts of Stock
Some parishioners prefer to give gifts of appreciated stock as a donation to our parish. In exchange for a gift of long-term, appreciated securities (stock), you can receive an income tax deduction and avoid capital gains taxes on stock appreciation. Before making an decision to donate stock to the parish, please contact your tax professional who is more familiar with your unique financial situation. To learn more about how your donation of stock can help the parish, please contact Nancy Lefort at (801) 984-7111.
Saint John the Baptist Parish currently has two endowments at the Catholic Foundation of Utah. These endowments have been established for the longer-term maintenance needs of our beautiful church buildings. To learn more about the endowments and how you might contribute to the long-term well-being of the parish, please contact Nancy Lefort at (801) 984-7111.
You can also include Saint John the Baptist Parish in your will or trust. Estate gifts are simple to incorporate into your legal documents; however, for assistance specific to your unique situation, please contact your legal advisor. To learn more about planned giving to Saint John the Baptist Parish, please contact Nancy Lefort at (801) 984-7111.
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