Gift of Treasure 2020 Campaign
We want to thank our parish family for a successful Gift of Treasure campaign. As of Jan. 26, we have received 701 pledges for a total of $1,715,41. Though this is under our original goal, it exceeds our results from the year before, and considering we went through a very difficult year in 2020, we are very happy with the totals. Thank you for your generosity in the midst of these uncertain times!
Please remember that you can still make a pledge, or increase your existing pledge, at any time. Also, if you use Faith Direct online giving, be sure to review your information to make sure your online gift matches your pledge—we are unable to make those adjustments for you.
May God bless you as we head into the new year!
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What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is an understanding that everything we have been given belongs solely to God and does not belong exclusively to ourselves. We are “stewards” of the time, talent and treasure that God has given to us and so we are called to generously give back to God what He first gave to us.
There are three common areas in which we are called to be good stewards: time, talent and treasure. We give back our time in prayer, our talent in ministry, and our treasure in charity.
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9: 6-7).
Supporting St. Mary Parish just got even easier! Through Faith Direct, you can now text a one-time gift amount from your mobile phone.
Simply text any dollar amount to 720.927.9988. The first time you will be asked for account information. After that, it’s just like sending any text message.
That’s all there is to it. Give it a try today!
What Should I Do With My Weekly Offering?
Are you wondering what to do with your weekly parish offering during this time that we are unable to assemble for Mass? We have an answer! First, this is the perfect time to consider online giving. You can sign up to give electronically at Faith Direct (see above). If you are giving via check or cash, you may drop your offering in the designated box in the church vestibule, or you may bring it by the parish office.
The current health-related crisis is likely to result in considerable financial strain on parishes around the country, including St. Mary. Please remember that while our lives and routines are being disrupted, parish expenses and bills continue as normal. We assure you that we will be extra-careful with our spending during this time of crisis, but please keep in mind that the parish is completely dependent on your continuing generosity.
Thank you for all you do to support your parish!
What is a Stewardship Parish?
You might ask “what is a Stewardship Parish? A Stewardship Parish gives back a “tithe of the tithes.” This means that we make sure that 10% of the offertory (or tithes) we receive from our generous parishioners is given back to God in gratitude and thanksgiving. We give our tithes (from your tithes) all year long to various worthy causes. In return, we limit the amount of fundraising that happens on our campus so that you are not constantly bombarded with second collections and “asks” for money. In this way, we are able to focus on the Word of God and Jesus in the Eucharist without the distraction of being solicited for donations during our sacred time with the Lord.
Why Do We Give?
God asks only for a tithe, or a tenth, in thanksgiving for what he has done. But what should you give? He asks us to give of our time, talent, and treasure, not because he has a need for these gifts, but because he knows that we need to give for our own happiness. Then, when he sees our response in love, he gives us even more of his love and grace. So, what begins as a gift from God, becomes a gift to God, and results in a greater outpouring of love and grace from God.
The Stewardship categories of Time, Talent, and Treasure underscore the four core values of an authentically lived Christian life: identification with Christ, trust in God, gratitude toward God, and love for God and each other.