This weekend, you are invited to Take a Closer Look.  After each Mass, representatives of the Care for the House of the Lord steering committee will offer guided tours so that you can view the areas included in the project and learn what the professionals have recommended.

Most families have recently completed filing their 2017 income tax returns.  This is the perfect time to review the level of charitable contributions you have made, compared to your income.  Each of us has been blessed with unique talents and financial gifts.  One expression of an ultimate financial goal is to contribute 10% of our income from our first fruits, to the needs of others to justly share our resources with the church and those who need our help.  Five percent is a goal for support of the parish, one percent for CSA and four percent to other charitable causes.

Did you know? Median Catholic household income in the U.S. is about the same as median Protestant household.  If U.S. Catholic households simply gave at the same rate as their Protestant friends (not necessarily tithing, but 2.2 to 2.5% of their income) each U.S. Catholic parish would see its annual collection revenues double.

Please prayerfully consider what your response will be to this year’s CSA/Care for the House of the Lord appeal. Gifts of all “shapes and sizes” will be needed.  Be as generous as you can!  The gift range chart below, illustrates the types of gifts necessary to achieve the financial goal. The timing and scope of the project will be determined after all commitments have been received.  The project will be debt free.  Let’s gather as a community of faithful and complete the whole project as soon as possible!

Gifts Needed Above and Beyond Your CSA Contribution

 

Gift Range# Gifts RequiredCumulative Total
$35,000+1$35,000
$15,0002$65,000
$10,0002$85,000
$5,0005$110,000
$2,50010$135,000
$1,00015$150,000
$70061*$192,700
Under $500Several$233,000
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