We give to Saint Joseph Catholic Church & School because we believe in its mission! Thank you for your generosity. Your financial support helps us to live our mission of worship, service and education in the heart of South Bend. We encourage you to be intentional in praying about your stewardship of prayer, service, and sacrificial giving.
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
Saint Joseph Parish, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, is a community of God’s people that has been led by religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross since the foundation of the Parish in 1853.
We are a people of diverse backgrounds united by God through the Gospels, the teachings of the Church and the pursuit of common goals.
We seek to deepen our personal union with Jesus Christ and to grow as a faith community. We seek to enrich our heritage of care and concern for all, especially for those in need, by being instruments of God’s love and healing to the world around us.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we pledge ourselves to pursue this mission by participation in the liturgical, educational and social ministries of the Church.
We recognize that to be effective, these ministries require spiritual, physical and financial resources, and we accept our responsibility as Christian stewards to provide them.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRAYER & SERVICE
Saint Joseph is an active, vibrant parish full of ways to get involved and get to know the community. Check out our Ministries page for lots of opportunities, grab a Stewardship Sign-Up form from the stewardship table in the back of the church, or contact Becky Guhin to get started!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SACRIFICIAL GIVING
If you are a registered parishioner, you will receive offertory envelopes in the mail each month. You can drop them in the basket at Mass or mail them to the parish.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
EFT is a way to give to the parish automatically on a regular basis. It is great for parish planning and great for your family’s planning! It is also convenient – no need to bring checks or envelopes to church with you. Simply fill out an EFT Form and send it to the parish. Many parishioners still like to put envelopes in the collection and mark EFT on them. If you do not want envelopes mailed to you, just let us know. Contact Lisa Slott with questions or to get started.
You are always welcome to contribute to the students of Saint Joseph Grade School by contributing to our financial aid fund. You can write a check to Saint Joseph Parish with “financial aid” written in the memo and send it to the parish or drop it in the collection basket.
An SGO is a portal for Catholic school students to be eligible for an Indiana School Choice Scholarship (a voucher). Donations made to the SGO fund, administered by Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana, through the diocese, will come directly back to Saint Joseph Grade School. A donation toward an SGO award generates a 50% state tax credit for both individual and business donors. Contact Becky Guhin with questions.
The Living Our Faith, Building Our Future Campaign
We are in the midst of the Living Our Faith, Building Our Future Campaign and we welcome your support! You can write us a check and put “campaign” in the memo line, send in a pledge card, or you can set up automatic payments through EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) by contacting Lisa Slott.
Planned Giving: Saint Joseph the Worker Guild
Please also consider remembering Saint Joseph Parish in your will or estate. The Saint Joseph the Worker Guild is a society of parishioners and friends of Saint Joseph Parish who include our parish in their planned giving, helping to secure the future of our parish for generations to come. Contact Becky Guhin for more information.
Scrip is the primary fundraising activity for the grade school, generating about $60,000 annually! It is simply a way to buy gift cards for groceries, gas, and much, much more and benefit the school at no extra cost to you. The stores donate from 1.5 to 20 percent of their gift card sales back to the school. Scrip is available year round after weekend Masses on a table in the back of the church. During the school year, orders can be placed by phone, email, or school parents can send them into school with their child. See the Scrip Program website for more information and an order form, or contact the Scrip Office at 574-210-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us in supporting the Annual Bishop's Appeal. Simply send a check to Saint Joseph with "Bishop's Appeal" written in the memo. Any donations that exceed our goal will be returned to the parish.
Saint Joseph Catholic Church strives to practice good Christian stewardship of all donations we receive from our parishioners and friends in the community. Please see our 2013-2014 Annual Report for details about the most recent fiscal year.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I determine how much to give to the church?
The Catholic Church does not have a set percentage that it requires of all parishioners. Tithing ten percent comes from the story of Abraham and Melchizedek in Hebrews 7. The Church has always suggested that individuals and families prayerfully discern God’s gifts and how they wish to give back. A common practice is setting aside a percentage of your income and giving part of it to the parish and part to other charitable organizations. Most importantly, remember that all our blessings are from God, and we are given the opportunity to pray over how we will choose to steward these gifts, which will look different for every individual and family. Feel free to contact anyone on staff if you'd like to discern this question in conversation with another, and let us know if you have any questions any time.
How do I increase or change my EFT contributions?
If you discern you want to increase or change your contributions to the parish through EFT, simply contact Lisa Slott. You can change the frequency and/or quantity of EFT withdrawals.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. We will send you a statement detailing all contributions to the parish for that year.
What if I am just visiting?
Everyone is welcome to make a donation via cash or check at any time. Donations can be sent to our parish offices at any time.
If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact us!
Saint Joseph Parish
226 N. Hill St.
South Bend, IN 46617