Living a stewardship way of life means we recognize that everything we have comes from God and it is our responsibility to care for all the blessings that God has bestowed on us, including money and possessions.
Financial Giving FAQ
How are funds used?
As a Total Stewardship Parish, we are a self-sufficient community through our parishioners’ generous gifts of their time, talents, treasures and prayer. Through your generosity of time and talents, we do not pay for extra staff to do work like cleaning and performing maintenance on the facilities. This means that your financial gifts go directly toward the needs of the parish.
Funds received in the weekly offertory can be designated for operating expenses or the long-term building fund. In 2017, we successfully paid off the mortgage for our current worship space and the rectory. As our community in Nixa continues to rapidly grow, we are now saving for the future expansion to a larger permanent church building.
Why am I asked to provide my financial giving intention?
As a financially responsible parish, the Finance Council creates a yearly budget based on planned money coming in and money going out. Each April, we ask our parishioners to complete a Treasure Commitment Form. We know your financial situation can change due to family, career and health events so we simply ask that you provide your financial giving intention. You can set up recurring, automatic electronic withdrawals to make this easier to manage.
Will I be asked for more money?
Being a Total Stewardship Parish means that we do not have second collections and we do not have fundraisers. A portion of the yearly budget is set aside to contribute to ministries designated by the diocesan using the regular weekly contributions from parishioners.
Additional offertory funds received on holy days throughout the year are donated to Catholic-related charities. In 2018, the additional funds will be distributed to:
- January 1 (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) - Catholic Charities Worldwide
- February 14 (Ash Wednesday) - Parish Good Samaritan Fund
- March 29 (Holy Thursday) - Disaster Relief Fund
- March 30 (Good Friday) - Holy Lands
- August 15 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) - Lifehouse/Catholic Charities
- November 1 (All Saints’ Day) - Least of These Thanksgiving Baskets
- November 21 (Thanksgiving) - Christian County Salvation Army
- December 8 (The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary) - The Kitchen
- December 25 (Christmas) - Diocesan Seminarians and Retired Priests
Can I set up electronic withdrawals?
Of course! The St. Francis Automatic Offering Program is a safe, convenient, and reliable way to make your contributions using an automatic withdrawal from a checking account. You can cancel or change your contributions at any time. Best of all, it saves you time and helps us keep our budget on track throughout the year.
To sign up for electronic withdrawals, complete the Treasure Commitment Form and return it along with a voided check to the parish office by mail or place it in an envelope in the weekly offertory basket.