Fequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is an Automated Giving Program?
A. It is an automated means to financially support the parish through monthly contributions from your checking, savings, or credit card account. There is NO cost to participate in the program.

Q. How Does It Relate to the Use of the Weekly Envelopes?
A. If you choose to participate in the Automated Giving Program, then it replaces the use of weekly envelopes.

Q. What happens with parishioners who feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A. Special donation slips are available for those enrolled in the automated giving program, to be dropped into the collection basket, should you wish.

Q. How do I enroll?
A. Enrollment is easy and free. You can enroll by filling out an enrollment form at the rectory, signing up directly on the ParishPay website via this link or by calling 866-PARISH-1 or the rectory office. The process is quick and takes less than 2 minutes.

Q. Can I contribute to second collections including both parish and diocesan collections?
A. Yes, all automated giving participants have the opportunity to contribute to second and special collections at the parish, including Christmas, Easter, and more.

Q. How does a parishioner change his information, such as the amount of his/her donation, bank account number or mailing address?
A. The parishioner can provide these changes to the rectory or directly by visiting the website at www.parishpay.com

Q. Which payment methods are accepted?
A. Automated transfers from your checking, savings accounts or major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover may be used to make monthly contributions, one-time gifts, and special donations.

Q. Does the parishioner receive receipts for tax purposes?
A. Yes, all contributors enrolled with ParishPay can print out an annual receipt directly from the website every January, which they can use as documentation for the IRS. Parish reports will also be available if you prefer.

Q. Can I donate a one-time gift or pledge for a specific term?
A. Yes, one time gifts are graciously accepted for the parish.

Q. Can a person sign up for automatic contributions even if he is not already registered with the parish or residing within the parish boundaries?
A. Yes. All stewards are encouraged to enroll.

From the Desk of Fr. James

Here at St. John's we are ever conscious of our call to stewardship. Many of us give our time, talents and treasures in different ways and I want to thank all of you who have given so freely of your resources. Your gifts enable us to maintain our buildings and grounds, provide youth and adult education and ministry programs, and support many parish endeavors. Your offerings allow us to have a fitting place for worship, ministry and fellowship.

Usually, when we talk about stewardship, it's about generosity. But this letter instead addresses the way in which we give.

Despite our best intentions and commitment to sustaining the parish, sometimes we miss mass. Maybe because of illness, vacation, or seasons in Florida or elsewhere. But every week our parish operating costs remain constant. Sometimes folks don't have much cash with them, forget their envelopes or checkbooks, or make some other honest mistakes in their giving pattern. These fluctuations affect our monthly income and make it difficult for the Temporalities Committee to project our annual budget and provide for various expenses.

To address some of these problems and to respond to parishioner requests, we have introduced a new, automated giving program where gifts can electronically and automatically be transferred to our parish. This program is ideal for our parish. It allows each family to make a prayerful gift that we can be proud of, one of reflection and faith. It also helps us to be stewards and take care of St. John's even when we are away or ill.

This is an important endeavor for our parish and I hope every family seriously considers enrolling in this program. Please click here for more information and you can even sign up online today.

Thanks and God's Blessings,

Fr. James Waite