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Parish Giving Moves Electronic

September 19, 2008

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… As Americans move increasingly to an electronic economy, Catholic parishes are finding that many of their parishioners prefer making their regular parish offerings by credit card or electronic cash transfer. In parishes that embrace electronic giving, typically about one-fifth of envelope holders sign up for electronic giving within the first year after a parish offers that option.

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Top Mistakes Parishes Make with Electronic Offertory

September 19, 2008

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Many parishes have introduced some method for families to make their Offertory and other donations electronically using direct debits from bank accounts or credit cards. Working with our more than 2200 parish customers, we analyzed hundreds of different ways parishes approached this service – from introduction through execution – and identified the most common pitfalls parishes experienced that limited the success of their Electronic Offertory effort.
These pitfalls are summarized below and are offered as a guide to parish leaders to help them get the most from their Electronic Offertory program.

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Parish Annual Reports Provide Accountability To All

September 19, 2008

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…Of all the lessons the Catholic Church has learned in the past few years, perhaps the one that will have the most lasting effect is the laity’s increased desire for transparency and accountability. But how do parishes transform the need, desire and will to provide laity the information they want into a practical plan of action? How does a pastor translate the affirmation–we believe in increased accountability–into the day-to-day activities of the parish?

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Stewardship helps us to know and love God

September 19, 2008

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The Church has described stewardship as “a disciple’s response.” Our response flows from an understanding of what it means to be a Catholic Steward – Gifted, Grateful, Given and Generous.

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Parishioner generosity exceeds $166 million annually

September 19, 2008

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In a myriad of ways, such as dances, dinners, the Catholic Appeal, collection baskets and electronic offerings, parishioners supported their parishes and shared ministries with contributions totaling more $166 million in the 2007 fiscal year.

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Parish Stewardship: The Why, The How, and The What to Expect

September 19, 2008

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…A parish that develops the stewardship way of life becomes blessed with countless, committed disciples of Jesus Christ who are focused on action – people who day-by-day live out their discipleship by taking concrete actions to help build the Kingdom of God.

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Imagining Abundance: The transformative potential of Catholic fundraising

September 19, 2008

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According to the teaching of the Gospel, we are not owners but rather administrators of the goods we possess: “These, then, are not to be considered as our exclusive possession, but means through which the Lord calls each one of us to act as a steward of his providence for our neighbor.”

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Eight Things That Parishes Can Do To Advance Stewardship

September 19, 2008

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There are a variety of activities that parishes can engage in as they attempt to instill a sense of stewardship in their parishioners. In this article we consider eight general stewardship strategies, along with their practical applications, that the data from a nation-wide survey of parishes have shown to be most effective. Most of these strategies likely do lead to greater stewardship, but some might be the result of good stewardship that is already in place. At a minimum, we can conclude that these are the types of things that successful stewardship parishes do.

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Improving Parish Finances

September 19, 2008

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…While it is true that we’ve been blessed with many beautiful churches through the generosity of previous generations of Catholics, the fact is that nearly all of the Church’s ministries at the parish and diocesan level are funded by what we as Catholics TODAY choose to share…

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How do you respond to your unique blessings from God?

October 20, 2006

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Oct. 1 marked my two-month anniversary in my new role at the archdiocese and also the beginning of the four-day International Catholic Stewardship Conference. This year the conference took place here in Boston, which was great because it allowed many more parishes throughout our archdiocese to attend.

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