We ask every household in our parish to prayerfully consider making a pledge. We don't give to a need so much as we have a need to give, to be free disciples of Jesus who know what we have received and desire to share these gifts with others. Of course, your gifts also enable your parish to fund many good works: adult and children religious education, providing sacraments, liturgies, and devotions, as well as the basic personnel and maintenance costs of a dynamic parish. Your pledge is a covenant between you and God, but it allows us to realistically budget our expenses and plan for ministries.
Stewardship is proportional, each giving according to his or her means: not equal gifts but equal sacrifices. The "widow's mite" can be just as lovingly sacrificial as the rich man's millions. In planning your commitment, please consider: the average Catholic gives 1% of their weekly salary, while the Bible calls us to a full tithe (10%). Prayerfully consider working toward that full tithe gradually. If you give 1% today, could you plan on 1.5% or 2% next year? For each work week, your "First Fruits" is your first hour of work. Would you consider giving the value of one hour a week back to God?