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Giving - How do you rate

Aug 20, 2018

Every year, there is a report of some kind showing where your contributions have been used. This year is no different, but presenting the information in a different way each year is quite intriguing and more fun than creating an Excel spreadsheet and throwing it into the bulletin. The hope is that you enjoy the different presentations as well. You all know that the money donated goes towards all those things required to keep our parish afloat:  building maintenance, utilities, snow removal, landscaping, air conditioning and heat (and getting these fixed when they don’t work); candles, missalettes, hosts, linens and all the items used during mass; Every time you wash your hands, or flush a toilet; Each cup of coffee or donut you enjoy after mass; every bulletin you read, it all costs and your donations help pay for every bit of it. Thank you!   

Each and every donation received is so gratefully appreciated! There is no way to thank you enough for what you do for our parish.  Without your help, no matter how big or how small, St. Mary’s would cease to exist.  Thank you!

Did you know that it costs $701,174.00 each year to keep our Church, Rectory, and Parish Center operational? The school needs $1,054,158.00 to provide our children with excellent Catholic education.  The food bank requires $102,045.00 to help feed the hungry of our community.  These are from some very lean budgets with no room for any extras.  Again, you and the help you provide make all this possible.  Thank you!

As you read this, maybe you’re thinking “that’s amazing! I am very proud to be a part of such a vibrant parish”! Or, if you’re like me, you may be thinking “that’s a lot of needed money.  Prices have gone up over the years, but my regular donation has stayed the same, maybe I can give a little more.”  Or you might even be realizing that you haven’t donated and are contemplating starting that process. 

No matter which group you’re in, you are not alone. Here’s some interesting information about our contributors.

Contribution Range

 

# of Contributors

Total Given

 

Average per Contributor

             

0.00

-

0

1,778

0.00

 

0.00

0.01

-

360

444

47,461.83

 

106.90

360.01

-

720

100

52,975.30

 

529.75

720.01

-

1,080

68

61,800.50

 

908.83

1,080.01

-

2,400

98

157,576.07

 

1,607.92

2,400.01

-

4,800

39

136,202.00

 

3,492.36

4,800.01

-

6,000

10

51,763.00

 

5,176.30

6,000.01

-

10,000

6

43,276.00

 

7,212.67

10,000.01

-

999,999,999

8

238,711.21

 

29,838.90

 

Wherever you are on this list, again, your donations are always appreciated and needed and St. Mary’s continues to thrive with your help. As you prayerfully contemplate all you are giving, not just monetarily but in the time you spend and the volunteer hours you put in, the hope is that you find joy and satisfaction in supporting your church. Again and always – thank you!

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