A Stewardship Plan for St. Gall Parishioner’s
"Stewardship is the ability to share one's gifts of life,
time, talents, and resources with others with no strings attached and no
--the late Archbishop Thomas Murphy, Seattle
Lord God, you
alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe,
and the mystery of each human life. We praise you and we thank you for your
great power and your tender, faithful LOVE.
are and everything we have is your gift, and after having created us you
have given us the mission of your Son, JESUS CHRIST.
Fill our minds
with HIS truth and our hearts with HIS love, that in HIS Spirit we may be
bonded together into a community of faith, a parish family, a caring people.
In the Name
and Spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts
entrusted to us, to share our time, and talent and our material gifts as an
outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus.
time, members of our parish have inquired about electronic or online giving
options. Some families have already begun making contributions through their
own online banking programs. Even though most parishioners still prefer to
make their donations through the envelope system, a large and growing number
of parishioners have expressed a desire for us to implement other giving
years the electronic option of giving was not made available, as the cost of
implementation was simply too high. In addition, the action of “dropping an
envelope” into the basket might be missed. More recently electronic giving
has become more practical financially and is totally embraced by a growing
segment of society. In fact, for some people, writing a check or dealing
with paper money has become a rare or even bothersome occurrence.
If this is
the manner of “stewardship offering” you desire to use, we invite you to do
for the support you give to our parish as a good steward of your time,
talent and treasure.
St. Gall accepts BillPay checks from your bank. We also have a Program for
One-Time or Reoccurring Credit Card or Direct Debit Withdrawals from your
account (ACH). Please see Sabina Bye in our Parish Office for information
about these programs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Giving OPTIONS
Q. What is Electronic Giving?
Electronic Giving is a manner in which members and friends of St Gall may
make contributions using the modern means of payment which is widely
available and growing in demand by a large segment of society.
There are three ways in which electronic payments can be
Direct Debit Giving is
used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account
to the church’s bank account. If you are already using direct debit to make
mortgage and car payments or to pay utility bills, then you know how it
Credit & Debit Card Giving lets
you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit
or debit card. Today, many families use debit cards as a convenient
alternative to paper checks or use credit cards in a responsible manner to
manage a wide range of obligations.
Online Giving is
a way for the Parishoner to set up Giving Options via a Secure Web Page. St
Gall does not currently offer this method, but if this is something you
would like us to look into, please let us know!
Q. What are the major advantages of electronic giving by
Direct Debit, also known as ACH is about convenience for members who like to
use these types of payment options. Electronic giving eliminates frequent
check writing and helps members stay on track with pledges even when they
are unable to attend services. The church in turn benefits from a reduction
in the volume of check and cash contributions that must be handled and
manually processed in the church office.
Q. How does Direct Debit Giving work?
Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings
account to the church’s bank account.
Q. How are my automatic contributions deducted and
First, you sign and return an authorization form to the church indicating
the amount you wish to contribute on a regular basis. Contributions are then
transferred through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network—the same
network already used by families to make mortgage and utility payments or to
receive payroll earnings and Social Security income. Direct Debit goes by
other names including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), automatic payment, or
Q. When will my contribution be debited from my account?
A debit to your account will occur each month on the date you specify on
your authorization form.
Q. How will I keep track of contributions in my check
Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time,
you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date.
Electronic contributions will appear on your bank statement.
Q. What can I use to prove I made a contribution?
Your bank statement will show an itemized list of electronic
transactions that can be used as proof of your contributions.
Q. Is giving by Direct Debit risky?
It is certainly less risky than writing checks or carrying cash to church.
To process electronic donations, the church uses an established and
highly-regarded company that moves funds directly from church members' bank
accounts to the church's account on the same day without any delay.
Q. How much does Direct Debit giving cost?
It costs you nothing and it costs the church very little. It is the lowest
cost method of transferring funds.
Q. What if I try electronic giving by Direct Debit and don’t
You can cancel your authorization at any time by notifying
Q. How can I sign up for electronic giving by Direct Debit?
Complete, sign and return an authorization form to the church
Q. What is the difference between giving by Direct Debit and
giving by Credit Card payment?
only difference is the account which is charged for payment when scheduled.
Under Direct Debit giving, a charge is made to your checking account. Under
Credit Card giving, a charge is made to your credit card. Many families have
grown accustomed to making payments through a credit card rather than
through a checking account. In many cases they find it better in their
situations to take advantage of the points programs of these cards and
reduce the number of checks they write. For these people, Credit Card giving
fits into a practice in which they are already involved with other regularly