Tithing is a radical statement of our gratitude to God, an acknowledgment that our gifts are really His gifts to us, and our total dependence on Him.
Tithing is About Giving God The First Fruits
The Sunday Offering and other monetary contributions to the Church are referred to as Tithing. The whole belief that underlies Tithing is that God is the Giver of every gift we have in life–our life itself, our faith in Him, our family and friends and loved ones, our health, our jobs, our personalities, the different gifts and talents that each one of us have–all of these are God’s gifts to us.
So naturally, we make a return to God for all the wonderful gifts He has given us. This return is called our “tithe.” A recommended tithe is 10% of our income or whatever sacrificial tithing commitment you can make. The suggested guideline is 5% to your Parish, 1% to the Diocesan charities and appeals that take place during the course of the year, and 4% to other charitable needs and charities that are close to your heart.
Tithing is a radical statement of our gratitude to God, an acknowledgment that our gifts are really His gifts to us, and our total dependence on Him. Tithing changes us. It is not simply a financial program, it is a spiritual program of total love of God.
Ways of contributing to St. Thomas the Apostle Church
1. Electronic donation system:
A secure & convenient way for you to contribute to your parish.
By setting up an Online Giving Account you may set recurrent donations to support our church offertory, as well as our current capital Campaign “Moving Forward in Hope” . Electronic donations are credited to your tax statement for the end of the year (except when made anonymously).
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- Complete your registration form online!
- Control settings on your electronic donations!
- Change your preferences or amounts at any time!
- Pay your Moving Forward in Hope -Capital Campaign pledges online!
2. Offertory Envelopes:
Envelope Packets are sent to your home every month. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these monthly reminders to give back to Saint Thomas the Apostle. Your packet includes weekly contribution envelopes & envelopes for special collections taken in every Catholic church in the United States. Envelopes for special parish funds are also in the packet. Regular use of contribution envelopes makes for more accurate & efficient statements of contribution, especially for tax purposes.
3. Second Collections:
Second collections are separated from first collections and counted. The total amount from the collection is given in one total check to the designated recipient. If the collection is designated to a particular church fund, the total amount is placed into that section of the church’s account for the intended use.
Visit the Office of Stewardship at the Archdiocese of Atlanta to learn more about our Second Collections.
4. Statements of Contribution
Our parish sends statements of contribution once a year. Member identification numbers are indicated on envelopes, & are used to credit your contributions in our accounting system. If you would like to get a copy of your contribution statement, please contact Theresa Southwood at 770-432-8579 Ext. 111.
5. Remember St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Your Will
More & more parishioners are choosing to give back to the parish even after they are gone. Leaving a legacy behind to Saint Thomas the Apostle can be a tax efficient estate donation, as well as beneficial to your heirs. Your financial adviser can educate you about the benefits of remembering Saint Thomas the Apostle after your death. Please consider remembering Saint Thomas the Apostle in your will.
For more information, contact Theresa Southwood at 770-432-8579 Ext. 111. (email@example.com)