Because we’re asked to return a portion of all that we receive from the Lord. Time, Talent and Treasure are gifts given to each of us for which we are ultimately accountable. We give of our time in prayer with God, our talent by participating in ministries and charities, and our treasure by sharing our finances, traditionally returning 5 percent of what God has given to us to support the parish and another 5 percent to charities of our own choosing. Over and above this we give alms to the poor, a powerful witness to the Christian faith.
While many use paper envelopes to support the parish on a weekly basis some have opted to switch to online giving. This helps the parish in planning and ensures regular contributions so we do not fall short during vacations. OSV Online Giving is a secure site that allows you to make a one-time gift or set recurring gifts on a regular basis. Set up Online Giving at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/722.
The Francis Fund
This fund is an investment in the future of young Catholics as it helps keep Catholic education affordable at the local level. It helps support the St. Francis school, minimizing the need for an increase in tuition. It also creates scholarships to benefit families that may not be able to give their children a solid Catholic education. Donate to the Francis Fund at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/722/DirectDonate/11920.
Leaving A Legacy
More than 50% of Americans have no valid estate plan at their death. Please consider creating at least a simple will to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. If you have not created an estate plan at the time of your death, the state of Missouri has a plan which will distribute your assets. This probably is not the way you would wish your hard earned assets to be distributed, so contact an attorney who specializes in estate planning and ensure your wishes are fulfilled. And please remember St. Francis of Assisi Parish in your will. This sends a strong message that the Church played an important role in your life, while guaranteeing that the Church will continue to be helped long after you’re gone. This generous act provides important assistance to the Church and may even prove to be a tax benefit to your heirs. Talk to your lawyer about how best to remember the parish in your will.
1, Specific Bequest – Designate cash or assets to SFA.
2. Residual Bequest – Plan for SFA to receive all or a portion of your estate after other specific bequests have been distributed.
3. Percentage Bequest – Designate a certain percentage of the estate to go to SFA.
4. Contingent Bequest – Make SFA the recipient of a bequest if others named in your will are not living at the time of your death.
To learn more about legacy giving, visit the Roman Catholic Foundation’s website at rcfstl.org.
Giving is great for the soul. It “returns a bigger benefit to the giver than the receiver. It expands our hearts … our capacity to love and be loved.” Giving also “transforms the giver … their family, their business, and their community.” We must also consider how “the receiver is blessed as well, receiving gifts of donors’ money and time … more importantly, their heart and spirit and support … of the organization and the mission.” – Dan Prosser, The Donor Motivation Group