Giving at Corpus Christi
For as long as most of us can remember, we have “passed the basket” at the Offertory during Mass. Some of us plan ahead, have cash or write out a check – like paying a bill – and put it in the correct Sunday envelope to bring to Mass. Some of us forget to do it ahead of time and half-way through the homily, realize that and scramble to write a check or see how much cash we have. We might have our envelope but quite often don’t.
The Offertory is the part of the Mass when the gifts of bread and wine are typically brought forward by a few parishioners. They represent everyone at Mass – bringing forward our ourselves – our gift – to the altar. This was also the time that the ushers would come forward and start the baskets. For those few moments, we would be distracted. Where’s my envelope? Oh, I forgot, do I have cash? Ok, which child gets to put the envelope in the basket? Which way is the basket coming? Do I have to get up and get it from the person at the other end of the next pew? By the time it was done, so was the offering of the gifts of bread and wine! We missed the opportunity to offer ourselves and our lives.
These days, especially in the wake of the pandemic, many of us have switched to online giving. This makes recurring gifts simple, and you never miss a week – or month – even if you’re out of town. Online giving also makes it easy for the parish to project monthly income and budget accordingly. Last year, when we were able to return to Mass in person, we opted to provide a few boxes in the vestibule for donations. This alleviated our concerns about everyone touching the basket as it was passed around.
Since you continue to be generous in your weekly giving, we decided to order more secure – and visually appealing – donation boxes. Two wooden boxes are going to be installed near the entrances to the church, where the white boxes have been. This makes it easy for you to drop your donation before Mass or after Mass. It’s more secure, since they are locked and emptied by two ushers who transfer the donations to the safe in the sacristy.
Most importantly, we are all free to experience the Offertory as it is meant to be. We can focus on offering our hearts and minds, ourselves and our lives, together with the gifts of bread and wine. Then, even as the bread and wine are transformed into the Body & Blood of Jesus – we also will be transformed into the Body of Christ – Becoming Disciples.
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How does online giving benefit me?
- Convenient: anytime, anywhere access through theinternet
- Secure and confidential: adheres to bankingsecurity standards
- Flexible: start, stop and change yourcontributions at any time
- Simple: no need to contact your bank or theparish office
- Contribute: using direct withdrawal (ACH) orcredit card
- Functional: receive reminders and notificationsabout transactions
How does online giving benefit my parish?
- Stabilize Contributions
- Regularly scheduled gifts occur automatically
- Allows parish to effectively manage monthlyexpenses, based on consistent support
- Secure and confidential: no need to storeparishioner account information
- Convenient: makes it easy for everyone tocontribute to the parish
- Efficient: participation saves time and expensesin bookkeeping
- Current: a tool for people who prefer to useelectronic services
Online Giving Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of Online Giving? Online Giving makes it easy for you to fulfill your financial commitments to the parish. You do not need to write a check or have cash available. Giving electronically also helps the parish staff budget more effectively.
How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account? When you create your account, you enter your credit card and/or bank account information and then specify the amount you wish to contribute. Your contribution will be transferred from your account to the parish bank account.
Do I have to use a credit card? The Online Giving system provides your parish the option to offer both credit card and direct withdrawal (ACH)options for contributions. You do not have to use a credit card for contributions.
When will my contribution be deducted from my account? The Online Giving system provides you the ability to select the date you would like your contribution to occur.You will receive an email notification prior to each contribution date, and your account will be debited on the date you specify.
If I do not write checks, then how do I balance my checkbook? You will receive an email notification prior to each contribution date and also a confirmation email that your gift has been processed. These reminders will help you remember to record the gift in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are also recorded on your bank statement and in your Online Giving reports.
Can I contribute different amounts to different offerings? Can they be withdrawn at different times? Can I use different accounts for the contributions? The system provides you the capability to give different amounts to different offerings at different times.For example, assuming your parish has set up these gift offerings, you are able to give your regular weekly offering on the 1st of the month and your flower gift on the 10th of the month. You are able to use any number of bank and/or credit card accounts for your offerings.
What if I change bank accounts? Simply login and update your bank account information in your profile.
What if I want to stop using Online Giving? You may cancel your authorization by deleting your credit card and/or bank account information along with your donation dates. Your contributions will stop immediately, and the history will be secured.
How do I get started?
- Click on the ONLINE GIVING link
- Click on the Create New Account link
It’s that simple!
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Donation Location Options
1517 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006
General Items: Tuesday – Friday 10:30am-4:30pm
General Items Accepted (new or gently used): clothing (men’s, women’s & children’s), kitchen items, furniture, jewelry, electronics, shoes and accessories, household items, and recycled grocery store bags
FREE Pick-ups for Furniture Items
Call 602-252-1178 to schedule.
Same day pick up is not available.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
2352 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Drive-thru donations: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
Schedule a Pick-up: stvincentdepaul.net/schedule-a-pickup
7447 E Earll Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Corpus Christi hosts families during two different weeks of the year. Basic necessities, however, are needed all year long! While most items need to be new, a few items can be gently used. Please check their NEEDS LIST here.
Deliver Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
For more information or questions: 480-659-5227
Our St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi Conference hosts a food shelf for those in need in our community. While we have food drives once or twice a year, we welcome donations all the time! Two large bins, just inside the doors of our church, are for easy drop-off of your donations of non-perishable foods.
- Canned items with pop-tops are best.
- No glass or cellophane wrapping.
- Low-sugar and low-salt items are welcome.
- Be sure no items are past their “Sell By” dates.
- We encourage you to donate items that you would choose for your own family. Sometimes donating fewer items of better quality can make all the difference for a family in need!
Popular items needed any time include:
- pasta sauce
- canned vegetables
- canned fruit
- instant potatoes
- peanut butter
- macaroni and cheese
- toilet Paper
- paper Towels