Stewardship is the recognition that all we are and possess are gifts from God. It reminds us to keep God first in all aspects of our lives.
The U.S. Bishop's pastoral letter on Stewardship reminds us to “receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.”
Finances are obviously very important to the support of our ministry, and we appreciate the generous support we receive from our parishioners. As Catholics, we recognize that all we have – our time, our talents, our resources, even our very lives – are gifts from God. We are called to be good stewards of all these gifts, investing them wisely and generously for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Regular, planned, sacrificial giving provides resources needed for our parish to fulfill its stated mission. Your sustaining gifts provide for worship services, pastoral, educational, and administrative staff, as well as community outreach initiatives, providing for the poor and needy of our parish and community.
Choose a method for giving
• CASH St. Johns is appreciative for your giving, no matter the method. Please be aware we are unable to track loose cash donations.
• WEEKLY ENVELOPES Plan your gift as part of your monthly budget and elect to use weekly envelopes. All donations are recorded in our database for end of year tax statements. Simply email our Accountant, Cathy Todt and request offertory envelopes to be sent to you.
• LOOSE CHECK DONATIONS These are also recorded in our records for end of year tax statements for registered parishioners only.
• AUTO BILL PAY Just log in to your online banking system and set up a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even one-time payment to be sent to St. John’s. We process this donation as we would any donation check received. Please mark in the memo of this check where you intend your donation to be applied, i.e. offertory, maintenance, Catholic Schools, etc. By including your envelope number also facilitates the recording of your donations.
• ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER (EFT) The most convenient way to support our parish and the important outreach and ministries the church provides is by electronic transfer of funds through a checking account, savings account, or by a charge to your credit card. Faith Direct, our EFT provider, offers a secure way for you to send, and our parish to receive, your regular contributions, even when on vacation or business takes you out of town, or an illness prevents you from attending Mass. Faith Direct also provides you with a personalized “offertory card” that you can choose to place in the collection basket as a visible sign of your support. Visit the Faith Direct website to enroll or download an enrollment form here. Enrollment forms are also available at the parish office.
Electronic Funds Transfer FAQ
Q. What is EFT?
EFT stands for Electronic Funds Transfer. It is an automated transfer program that allows you to make contributions without writing checks by having withdrawals from your checking account, savings account, or charged to your rewards credit card.
Q. How is my electronic gift deducted from my checking/savings/credit card account?
Once you authorize the transfer from any one of your accounts, your specified contribution is electronically transferred from the account to the church’s account.
Q. When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?
You have two options:
- Monthly from checking/savings/credit card accounts deducted on the 4th of every month.
- Monthly from checking/savings/credit card accounts deducted on the 15th of every month.
Q. How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Since your contribution is made on a per-established day, you simply record it in your check register or credit card register on the appropriate day. Your bank statements will list the electronic transfers deducted from your account. St. John’s will continue to provide you with an annual contribution record for your taxes.
Q. What if I change banks/credit card or want to change the amount of my contribution?
You can change your EFT giving choices at any time by logging into your Faith Direct account and make your desired changes, calling Faith Direct at 1-866-507-8757, or by notifying Cathy Todt in the Parish Office at (301) 662-8288 x1003, or by email. Cancellations are processed within seven business days. So you need to be sure to cancel at least seven days before the 4th or the 15th of the month depending on what date you have chosen. You can make changes to your giving as often as you desire.
Q. Is there any charge to me from my bank/credit card to give electronically?
No. It costs you nothing and it saves you time!
Q. If I use a joint bank account, do both parties have to sign the form?
No. As long as only one signature is required for withdrawals or charges on the account, only one person needs to sign the Electronic Giving Form. If two signatures are required for all checks and withdrawals or credit card purchases, then both parties must sign the application.
Q. Are second collections going to be available to be given electronically?
Yes, you can now give to ALL collections through Faith Direct. Please refer to the order form for the list of all collections at St. John’s.
Gifts and donations can be made large and small, and for designated or undesignated purposes. Stocks, securities, even houses can be donated to the church. The proceeds can then be used for designated purposes, such a specific program or fund (such as ……?) or the proceeds can be unrestricted and used where there is the greatest need.
The following are some examples of ways you can support St. John's:
• Outright Gift – A one-time gift (cash, check or credit card) with or without conditions or terms of trust.
• Pledge – A signed and dated commitment to make a gift over a specified period of time.
• Stock Gift – A donation of stocks or bonds.
• Deferred Gift – A charitable gift arrangement where use of the asset is delayed to some future time.
• Endowments – Funds to be kept permanently and invested to provide income for ongoing support.
• Bequest – A contribution made by an individual after their death through a provision in their will.
• Legacy Giving – Also referred to as “Planned Giving”, a term used to describe a variety of charitable gifts that can be given during an individual’s lifetime and whose residual funds indefinitely support St. John the Evangelist or a specific program or fund.
• Charitable Gift Annuity – Typically an agreement in which cash or other assets are transferred to a charitable organization in exchange for its promise to pay the donor an annuity for life.
• Retirement Plan Assets – Naming St. John the Evangelist or a specific program or fund as beneficiary or partial beneficiary of a retirement plan.
• Trusts – Money, property, or securities that are held under a trust agreement to provide income for the beneficiary.
• Corporate Matching – A donation from an employer matching the employee’s charitable contribution, thereby doubling the contribution of the employee’s gift.
• In-Kind Gift – A contribution of equipment, supplies, labor or other property.
If you have questions or suggestions about annual giving commitments and options, contact Cathy Todt at 301-662-8288 x1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular, predictable giving provides a critical foundation for the Pastor, the Finance Committee, and the Staff to build upon in carrying out the mission of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church!