"A Tithing Parish"
GOD'S PLAN FOR GIVING
Some time ago, we adopted "God's Plan for Giving" - a modem adaptation of the ancient practice of tithing. In addition to the presentations from the pulpit, the following literature was distributed. We have summarized below the main points of the program. We ask you to read this brief explanation and also the following literature. We hope that you will find, as many of your friends and neighbors have found, that this is the best way to satisfy both your need to acknowledge God's goodness and the needs of His Church.
THE MATERIAL NEEDS OF THE CHURCH
Almighty God, as a pure and infinitely perfect spirit, has no need of material goods. In His wisdom however, He has made His work on earth, the work of the Church, dependent on material goods. In spite of the entrance of the government into various areas of charity and education, the basic needs of the Church must be met by the offerings of individual parish members.
OUR NEED TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE
It is basic to our human nature and our self-respect to desire to express gratitude when we receive something. All our spiritual and material blessings, even our existence, we have received as a gift from God. God has providentially united our need to acknowledge His goodness with the needs of His Church.
THE MEASURE OF OUR RETURN
The practical question arises: "How much of our material goods should we return to God?" The only direct answer that God has ever given in the Holy Scriptures is the tithe, or 10%. God wants us to enjoy 90% ofthe fruit of our labor, He's only asking for the first 10%. Therefore, I am inviting you to please join me as we return to our biblical roots of a scripture based faith-giving.
THE METHOD OF GIVING TO GOD
We make our return to God wherever we meet Him. We meet God in every opportunity to practice charity either directly to our neighbor, or indirectly through some charitable agency such as Catholic Charities,CRS (Catholic Relief Services), etc. Our primary meeting place with God is our parish church. It is here that we unite with the priest in offering the Mass, and are nourished by the Sacraments and the parish family gathered. Therefore, our return can be made to God in this way: Sharing our time, talent and treasure with God's people. The treasure would be 10% of your gross income: 5% goes to the Parish and the other 5% to other charities. We hope that these few words of explanation will encourage you to seriously pray about the scripture based faith giving. God bless you and welcome once again to our parish family.
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Fr. Frank Caldwell, Pastor