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Building on Our Past - Securing Our Future

The Cathedral Increased Offertory Program

BUILDING ON OUR PAST
As we celebrate our 75th year of being a parish family, this is a great time to give thanks for the many blessings we’ve received and to plan for our future. Through the cheerful giving and active participation of St. Patrick parishioners, we conducted a series of renovations to update our parish facilities and have begun and continue to put together innovative programs to make us grow in our discipleship and outreach to the greater community. Wonderful as these improvements sound, the parish is still a long way from realizing our full potential as a parish community. Our current challenge is that due to a significant shift in the parish demographics from older, more established families, to younger families raising children - our weekly offertory has declined. As such, this decline has put some pressure on our operating budget. As it stands right now, the offertory collections barely covers the operating costs of the parish, excluding the parish debt service which is slightly above $100,000 and will remain that way until the debt is paid off in 2020. Even without this significant debt obligation, we are still in a deficit position for funding the ongoing operating needs of the parish and growing our ministry and outreach programs.

SECURING OUR FUTURE
In order to provide for future growth and financial stability, the parish finance council has decided to launch an offertory program that will assist in increasing our Sunday offertory collections thus allowing the parish to continue our mission without operating at a deficit. Our goal through this program is to substantially increase our regular offertory contributions. Other parishes that have conducted similar programs have seen their offertory increase between 20% and 40%.

The program works such that each parishioners makes an annual financial commitment to the parish. This commitment will take place in January. Many parishioners fulfill their commitment on a weekly basis using a church envelope placed in the Sunday Collection. The method of payment is up to you. This Increased Offertory Program is an effective method of parishioner support, allowing the parish to plan an annual budget and allowing you to budget your offering in a spirit of Stewardship. There are a few ways to look at your giving: an increase based on your family’s annual income or an increase based on your weekly giving. Take a look at the amount your household contributes now and consider giving 3% or more of your household income or consider increasing your current annual giving level.

We are each asked by God to consider our giving in a planned, proportionate, and sacrificial way each year. Our hope is that this is the first step in the continued spiritual and financial renewal of our parish.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is an increased offertory program?

The program aims to increase parishioner awareness of parish programs while refreshing and ultimately increasing parishioner’s levels of financial commitment to the parish.
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How does the program work?

Parishioners make an annual financial commitment to the parish via a commitment card they complete. An Annual commitment is just that, a specific amount promised to the parish for the coming year. Many parishioners fulfill their commitment on a weekly basis using a church envelope placed in the Sunday Collection. The method of payment is up to you.

Why does the parish need a program to increased offertory?

Our current challenge is that due to a significant shift in the parish demographics from older, more established families, to younger families raising children - our weekly offertory has declined. As such, this decline has put some pressure on our operating budget.

So why do parishioners need to make an annual commitment?

Near the end of every fiscal year our parish leadership reviews the finances from the previous year. We review our current level of income and expenses and then estimate what can be allocated for current and future programs. The planning process can be simplified through annual financial commitments from parishioners. The annual commitment provides information we can plan from. The parish staff can use this information to forecast ordinary income for the coming year and budget accordingly.

How much should I commit to contribute on an annual basis?

Please review the gift charts as you consider your commitment to the parish. Each one of us has unique circumstances and income. The gift charts serve as a guideline to help you determine an appropriate increase based on your means. The charts should be within the means of most parishioners. As a gentle reminder, the above gift charts are only suggestions. If everyone makes a commitment to the best of their financial ability, the parish will be able to plan for the future accordingly.
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Charlotte, NC  28203
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