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 contributions 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, diocese and community.
Contributions received in the weekly offertory can be designated for operating expenses or the long-term building fund, or divided between both funds. In 2017, the parish 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 spring, 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.
Giving of our treasure is rooted in scripture as tithing, the setting aside of 10% of our income to return to the Lord. Of the 10% mentioned in scripture, our Finance Council suggests giving 5% to the parish, 1% to the diocese and 4% to charities of your choice. Of course, your actual contribution is between you and God.
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.
Offertory contributions received on holy days throughout the year are donated to Catholic-related charities. In 2019, the additional collections will be distributed to:
- January 1 (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) - Catholic Charities
- March 6 (Ash Wednesday) - Disaster Relief Fund
- April 18 (Holy Thursday) - Least of These
- April 19 (Good Friday) - Holy Lands
- August 15 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) - Lifehouse at Catholic Charities
- November 1 (All Saints’ Day) - Christian County Salvation Army
- November 27 (Thanksgiving) - Good Samaritan Fund
- December 9 (The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary) - The Kitchen
- December 25 (Christmas) - Diocesan Seminarians and Retired Priests
Each year, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau encourages parishioners to contribute to the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) which benefits more than 45 ministries serving our faithful in southern Missouri. Additionally, the diocese promotes the Grateful for Our Past...Preparing for Our Future Diocesan Capital Campaign which enhances the endowment funds for our retired priests and seminarian education and establishes a new endowment fund for the youth of our diocese.
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.