The Offertory, or Collection, at Mass is an integral part of the Sunday liturgy, not just because it is the primary means by which the parish receives financial support from the parishioners, but because it is also an expression of our gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us to return a portion of them back to Him for use by His Church. By our baptism as Catholics we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts to us, to use them in ways that build up our families, our parish, our community, and our world. In that stewardship, we are encouraged to be deliberate and intentional in weighing our various obligations against our limited resources as we decide where we spend those resources of time and money and effort. When we give to our parish and to the greater Church, we are demonstrating to our children and to the world our values and what’s important to us.
Each month one of our second collections is taken to support our Facility Maintenance Fund. Donations go directly toward maintaining and improving our church, preschool and office buildings.
Throughout the year, there are four second collections for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a Catholic lay organization founded in Paris in 1833. It is now a global Catholic organization dedicated to serving those in need. Here at St. Mary's our team of volunteers, inspired by Gospel values, join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service for the impoverished seeking assistance, primarily for rent, electric, oil and/or food. Read more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society...
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Share in the Spirit
Share in the Spirit Collection for Tuition Assistance is a Diocesan second collection that occurs once a year during the month of September. This fund provides Catholic School tuition assistance to families in the Diocese. A second collection will be taken at St. Mary's Masses in September, but you may now give to this fund any time you wish through our online giving system. Read more about Share in the Spirit...
We'll say it again--Thank You! St. Mary's offers many giving opportunities through our online giving system where you are able to help the parish continue its service to our 2,600 families, to maintain and improve our facilities and to support Diocesan programs that benefit local, national and global communities. All gifts make a difference, and your generosity and continued support of St. Mary's is most appreciated.