Why We Give
The stewardship of our finances is a tremendous—and often overlooked—area of our lives where we can faithfully proclaim the gospel. Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. We trust in Him and His provision instead of our perceived self-sufficiency. As people of faith, we give faithfully and generously.
The Bible makes clear that we are to honor God in all things, giving cheerfully of the resources he has entrusted to us. We call this kind of giving “stewardship.” (Proverbs 3:9; 2 Corinthians 9:7). Stewardship by definition means “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.” We support this concept of stewardship by offering you several ways to give.
Online Giving (Recommended)
The easiest way for you to give is thru Realm, our secure online community. You can give one time or set-up a reoccurring donation and pick which fund you want to give you. Example: Sunday Collection. You can create an account at https://onrealm.org/StPaulApostle. To give one time click the button below:
If you are currently signed up for Give+, please close your account and sign up for Realm giving before Nov 1st, 2019. If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cash & Check Giving
Each Sunday, we take an offering during all masses. If you prefer to give via cash or check, you may place your offering directly into the offertory basket during mass or in the giving envelopes provided. To request envelopes please contact the parish office.
Stocks & Planned Gifts
We offer help with stock gifts, estate planning and memorials to the church. Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds or other securities will receive a tax deduction based on the value of the security on the date of the gift. With long-term appreciated securities (those held longer than 12 months), you will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of your gift and avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation. Bequests and life insurance transfers are among the planned gift options that can be beneficial to both the parish and the donor. For more information please contact the church office.
Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees, allowing you to double or even triple your gift to St. Paul the Apostle. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching program.
Capital Campaign – Our Shepherds Our Future (Nov/Dec 2019)
The Our Shepherds – Our Future Capital Campaign will support two initiatives that received solid support from laity and clergy during last summer’s diocese wide feasibility study: Seminarian Education and Clergy Retirement.
“I am confident that by working together, clergy and laity alike, we can lead our diocese into the future by addressing these initiatives now. I ask you to join me in prayer and generosity as we embark on this historic and transformational journey as one Church.” – Bishop Walkowiak
Capital Campaign – Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)
The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is the annual diocesan collection which supports the programs and ministries of our diocese. As a diocese of over 45,000 Catholic households, our financial gifts are joined together through the CSA in support of the following programs and ministries so that we may continue the teaching, healing ministry of Jesus. Every year a goal is set for each parish and once met any additional funds go directly to the parish.
Amazon Smile “Easy Giving”
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to St. Paul the Apostle. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. To donate to St. Paul on your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, simply select St. Paul the Apostle Church and School (Grand Rapids, MI) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to St. Paul the Apostle Church and School
We host 2 major Parish fundraisers throughout the year. The Cougar Dash 5K & Festival in September and Baja Fish Taco Nights during Lent.
Cougar Dash Festival & 5K is on Sept 13th 2019. If you would like to Donate to the Cougar Dash, or support a student, 5k runner or community member in their fundraising efforts click the Donate Link below! Feel free to share with others! Learn more about the event here
Endowment – Dan Donnelly Education Foundation
The St. Paul the Apostle Education Foundation was started in 1994 to support the financial life of the school for future generations. In 2002 the name of the Foundation was changed to reflect the contribution made to Catholic education by Daniel J. Donnelly. For twenty-three years he dedicated himself to the mission of Catholic education here at St. Paul the Apostle. Our Foundation honors Dan’s memory and his love for our school. 10% of every fundraiser every year go to this foundation. To donate click here and selection Education Foundation for fund. To learn more click here.
Check out our sponsorship page to become a sponsor