Giving at Corpus Christi
Brothers & Sisters,
“Seek first the Kingdom of God…” –Matthew 6:33
Here at Corpus Christi, you are a member of a family of families. Becoming Disciples is a lifelong journey and as the Body of Christ, we travel together and need each other for support, encouragement, and fellowship. Jesus and His disciples walked together, ate together, and learned how to live the way God intended. Although we cannot spend every day together, we do have many opportunities to gather – at Mass, with a prayer group, for a Bible study, or other parish event. As much as possible, our parish is one of the main places where we grow in discipleship.
Therefore, we invite you to participate in the mission of the Church and especially our parish. In order to intentionally consider how you plan to grow in prayer, service, and giving, the enclosed Commitment Card includes these three areas of stewardship.
Prayer, as the foundation of our relationship with God, is commonly a challenge for most of us. Whether it’s being consistent on a daily basis or struggling with distractions, we all encounter difficulties at one time or another. When considering your commitment to prayer, ask God how He wants you to grow and then plan how you will implement that in the coming year.
Pope St. John Paul II often quoted from the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, “Man… cannot fully find himself, except through a sincere gift of self.” (24) The gift of self begins with the understanding that we are a community of persons created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we will find genuine happiness and lasting joy through serving others. This gift of time is so valuable. When considering how you will engage in the mission and life of the parish, we invite you to review the PARISH LIFE menu on our website. There are many ways to become involved and every ministry has a contact person – just click on the email link to ask for more information.
“…They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed, every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessings of the Lord your God, which He has given you.” –Deuteronomy 16:16-17
Believing in the mission also includes supporting the parish financially, each according to our ability and blessings from God. We know this has been a difficult year for many, and if increasing your gift is not possible at this time, we understand and are grateful for how you are able to help this mission. We invite you to consider your family budget and plan ahead to give of your “first fruits" instead of what’s leftover. Perhaps just giving consistently is the best place to begin.
“…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” –Matthew 6:21
Please prayerfully consider, intentionally plan, and gratefully respond to this year’s stewardship renewal and return your completed commitment card by Sunday, October 25. Let us focus our hearts on Jesus. Let us keep Him at the center of our lives, and very soon, we will realize the many ways that God is using us to bless the lives of others while together we are Becoming Disciples.
Be safe. Be healthy. Be holy.
Fr. Rey Clutario
Online Giving powered by Our Sunday Visitor
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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