HOW TO DO IT?
Follow the link (on the right site) and set up your donation or print out the "Authorization Form" and submit to the parish office.
HOW IT WORKS?
Some people may be hesitant to try out online giving because they are unsure of the nagging doubts they have about the way it works.
So here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What funds can be done online?
You may donate to Building Our Faith and Future, St. Mary's School and/or the Haiti Mission, as well as your regular offertory donation. Just indicate your choice of funds and the amount you wish to give.
I normally give once a month instead of once a week. Can I set my own giving schedule?
Yes, you can set your giving schedule however you like so that it works for your family. You can set it to be $20 per week, $80 per month, $240 per quarter, or $960 per year. You can even make several one time gifts per month or year. You’re in control of how you give.
I worry that my financial situation is not stable. Things are fine now, but they might change. Can I change the frequency or amount of my online giving, even after I set it up?
Again, you are totally in control. You can make any changes you need to make for the good of your family. You can increase or decrease the amount of your regular gift, change how often you give, or stop giving entirely until you feel like things are more stable. Online giving puts you in control.
I trust the church, but I’m just not sure I want to enter my banking information into the parish website. Could someone in the church just take my money? Or could a stranger on the internet?
The online giving page is completely handled by a third-party payment processing company and the data never actually touches the parish website. The online giving page uses the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies such as Amazon.com or Ebay to keep your information safe and secure during transactions. NO ONE AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH EVER SEES YOUR BANKING INFORMATION. Your information is as secure on our online giving page as it would be at Amazon, E-Bay, or a utility bill.
What if I change banks or change credit cards?
You can edit or delete a scheduled contribution at anytime, including the bank routing number, account number, credit card number, date, fund, frequency and amount. Again, you’re totally in control.
Why is the church interested in online giving?
We all agree we should support the work of the parish, and we always try to bring our gift to the Lord, but sometimes things come up. Maybe we’re out of town for a youth soccer tournament or Scout camping trip. Or maybe someone in the family was sick and we had to stay home. Or we might get to church only to realize that we have left the checkbook on the kitchen counter. Or a thousand other things that might come up in real life. We might promise ourselves that we’ll try to remember to make up for the gift we had planned to make, but it’s so easy to forget. Scheduled, automatic giving helps us follow through on the commitment we have already made. Set it up once and it’s done.
I understand how online giving can be helpful, but I’ve always loved the deep meaning of bringing my gift to the altar of God. Won’t I lose that rich symbol if I give online?
Placing your gift in the collection so that it can be brought forward and sanctified with the gifts of the people of God, the bread and the wine, is indeed a rich symbol. And even if you are giving online, you can still participate in the liturgical ritual of the offertory simply by filling out an offertory envelope on your way into Mass and checking the box on the envelope “I GIVE ELECTRONICALLY”.
Is there more to giving than just dollars and cents?
Without a doubt! The act of giving is another form of faithfulness to the call the Lord has given, and should not be entered into lightly. The act of giving should be done out of love for God, out of a deep sense of appreciation for who He is and what He is doing in your life. As you present your gift to the Lord you should not go before Him grudgingly, but instead with joy and thanksgiving in your heart. You should put thought and prayer into it and finally you should release it to Him, for His glory and honor.