Does the church really need my money?
Yes! The donations we receive from our parishioners are imperative for us to carry out the mission of our parish. Great liturgy, wonderful music, marriage preparation, faith formation, annulment case work, care for the sick and dying, hospitality, operating the school and evangelization – all of the works of the parish - come at a cost. Each of these are the ways that St. Theresa as a community lives the words of our patroness – “to love God and make him loved.”
Doesn't the parish receive support from the diocese or the Vatican?
No. The only sources of funds are the gifts of parishioners and those who come for weekend Mass.
Is it really a teaching of the Church to give money to my parish?
Yes. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2043) puts it this way. “You shall help provide for the needs of the Church means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his ability.” Parishioners are asked to give but never more than according to his or her own ability.
It seems like after all of my personal and family expenses, I don't have much left for the parish. How do I make a promise to give the same amount on a weekly basis?
It's easier than you think. Make your gift to the parish a budget item alongside your mortgage, car note, entertainment allowance and grocery fund.
So how much is the right amount?
Each according to his or her means should be your guide. Even as young people, just out of college, it is reasonable to consider $25 a week (less than two movie tickets), to $50 (one night on the town) or for those with significant combined incomes, $150 a week is not beyond reason.