Imitating Christ—The greatest giver of all
In the Gospels, Jesus talks about money and possessions in an amazing 1 out of 10 verses! As disciples, we are compelled to follow His commands and share our financial resources as well as our time and talents. We are asked to share in proportion to the gifts we have been given and to share of our first fruits, not our leftovers. In all that we do, we are called to live in the image of God, who is the greatest giver of all!
Why We Give
Our parish mission to encounter, love, and serve Jesus, one another, and the world is carried out through your stewardship—discipleship in action—as you generously share your time, talents, and treasure. Your Sunday Offering and other financial contributions are integral to our ability to carry on Jesus’ mission and gospel message.
Return to the Lord with increase
Through our Baptism, we have been entrusted with the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to give generously of our treasure to help carry out that mission. Our financial giving should be prayerfully planned, intentionally scheduled, and proportionate to our income.
We are called to return the first portion of all God has given us. But what is that portion? Many Catholics tithe—or give 10% of their total income—in grateful return for God’s gifts. Some give more. Regardless of your current giving level, why not “take a step?” If you are currently giving 5%, increase to 6%. If you’re giving 1%, start giving 2%. If you aren’t currently in the habit of regular giving, plan to start. And remember, you can’t out give God!
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your produce.” Proverbs 3:9