Online Giving

 

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church depends on the generosity of its members and visitors to live out its mission through a variety of ministries.  While providing for these ministries, a person's contributions are first and foremost an act of thanksgiving in response to God's many blessings to us.  Some of the ways members and others support the mission of our parish with financial contributions include:

 

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  • Sunday and Holy Day Contributions
  • Special Collections
  • Memorial Gifts
  • Endowment and Planned Gifts

Automatic Withdrawal (Electronic Transfer)

In this form of supporting the mission of the church, you authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account, or a charge is made from your credit or debit card to St. John's.  You also are able to specifically designate the frequency of the withdrawal or charge.  

 

It's a fast and easy way to financially support the parish even when you're away from home.  The electronic transfer is free and you save the cost of a check.  Your contribution is documented on the monthly statement you receive from your financial institution.  You can stop, start, or change the amount or frequency of the transfer at any time by contacting the parish office.

 

Use the Donate button above to execute single or multiple automatic withdrawal(s) and credit card charges.

 

Sunday and Holy Day Contributions

The regular contribution of members and visitors on Sunday and Holy Days form the core of financial support to the mission of the parish and all it does in service to the gospel.  Contributions may be done in the form of cash, personal check, automatic withdrawal (aka electronic transfer) from a checking or savings account, or charges to a debit or credit card.  Unless a member chooses a form of automatic withdrawal, they are provided on a regular basis by mail sets of contribution envelopes that can be returned in the Sunday collection or by mail to the parish office.  

Special Collections

Special collections are the vehicle by which the Catholic faithful reach beyond their own immediate parish needs to assist the church at the diocesan, national and international levels, offering all of us an opportunity to help others in the light of the gospel.

 

Each of these collections is unique in how they are conducted.  Some are done directly between the Archdiocese and parishioners, for example the annual Catholic Services Appeal while others might be with a provided envelope, as in the case of the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development or Collection for Retired Religious.  At times we as a parish will specifically tithe a certain portion of our Sunday collection on a given day to a cause.  When these special collections occur, the details of how they are handled are outlined in the parish bulletin.

  

Memorial Gifts

A beautiful way to honor a significant day that might include baptism, birthday, or anniversary, as well as remembering a loved one who has died is through a memorial gift to the parish.  Gift cards and information are available in the parish office. 

 

Endowment and Planned Gifts

Held by The Catholic Community Foundation, the parish holds three endowment funds that are meant to serve the continuous mission and ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church now and into the future.  An endowment can be defined as a "long-term fund invested for the purpose of long-term financial stability."

 

Parish Endowment - this fund is intended to be used for the purpose of supporting the various ministries of the parish as well as long-term maintenance needs related to buildings and grounds.

School Endowment - this fund is intended to be used for the purpose of supporting the mission of education including scholarship that will allow our school to be accessible and affordable to families seeking a Catholic education.

Cemetery Endowment - this fund is intended to be used for the purpose of perpetual care to our parish cemetery that extends back to the earliest days of the parish itself.

 

A major source of funding for these individual endowments is through the gifts of parishioners, both current and former, as well as friends of the parish.  A gift to these individual endowments can come in the form of cash, securities, or as a deferred gift.  Some examples of deferred gifts include:  charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrust, charitably remainder annuity trust, will bequest, and insurance.  

 

Professional gift planners from The Catholic Community Foundation are available to you at no cost to advise you on how you may best make a deferred gift to our endowment funds with maximum personal benefit to income and tax liability.  Any gift is greatly appreciated.  

 

Click here to download our Endowment Brochure.

 

The Catholic Community Foundation

Initiated by Archbishop John R. Roach in 1992, The Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) serves the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and provides the means by which donors can make a positive impact on Catholic organizations and people in the decades ahead.  

 

As a publicly supporting charitable organization, CCF ensures that donated funds will be secure and used only for their intended purposes.  Moreover, CCF refuses to invest in companies that are involved in activities contrary to the teachings of the Church.

 

Guiding CCF's operation is a Board of Directors, composed of laity and clergy representing many professional fields of expertise and areas of the Archdiocese. 

 

Professionals prominent in the financial community oversee all investment activity by CCF, providing expert, sound management of CCF's assets.

 

Click here to be linked to The Catholic Community Foundation.