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 the parish office 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.
Online Giving offers convenience and flexibility for managing giving to the parish. It is great for parish planning and great for your family’s planning! No need to bring checks or envelopes to church with you. Get started now at stjoeparish.weshareonline.org. If you do not want envelopes mailed to you, just let us know. For questions, contact Mrs. Pat Stockrahm at email@example.com or 574-234-3134, ext. 119.
Support Our Parish School
Parishioners are invited to support Catholic education in our parish by contributing to the SJGS Excellence Fund. View the link for more information or contact Mr. Sean Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-234-3134, ext. 117.
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. For questions, contact Mrs. Pat Stockrahm at email@example.com or 574-234-3134, ext. 119.
Support the Buildings & Maintenance Collection
In the fall of 2019, the parish undertook a $250,000 project to replace failing boilers in the church and school. Contributions to our Buildings & Maintenance Collection
will help fund this project as well as numerous other facilities upgrades and maintenance needs at our parish. Thank you for your support!
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.
Scrip is one of the primary fundraising activities of our parish, generating about $60,000 annually! It is simply a way to buy gift cards for groceries, gas, and much, much more and benefit the parish 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 orders 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. Give online at the linked ABA website or simply send a check to Saint Joseph Parish with "Bishop's Appeal" written in the memo. Any donations that exceed our annual parish goal will be returned to the parish to support our own ministry needs.
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 annual reports for more information about our parish finances and stewardship.
2018-2019 Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report
2013-2014 Annual Report
2012-2013 Annual Report
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.
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 or online giving at any time. Donations can be sent to our parish office at 711 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.
If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact us!
Saint Joseph Parish Office
711 E. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617