The Offertory, or Collection, at Mass is an integral part of the Sunday liturgy, not just because it is the primary means by which the parish receives financial support from parishioners, but because it is also an expression of our gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us to return a portion of them back to Him for use by His Church.
By our baptism as Catholics, we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts to us, to use them in ways that build up our families, our parish, our community, and our world. In that stewardship, we are encouraged to be deliberate and intentional in weighing our various obligations against our limited resources as we decide where we spend those resources of time, money and effort. When we give to our parish and the greater Church, we are witnessing to our children and to the world about our values and about what’s important to us.
The weekly offering is to the parish what your paycheck is for your family. This is how the bills get paid: utility bills, insurance, salaries for staff, and all the other line items you see in the annual stewardship report. The weekly offering is the collection (the first one if there are two in any given week) taken up at Mass on Saturday and Sunday. Envelopes are provided to all registered active parishioners and include envelopes for each Sunday liturgy in a month, as well as special holy days, special holidays (Easter and Christmas), and designated second collections.
Our new ParishSoft online giving program allows you to donate using your VISA, Mastercard or bank account. Donations can be made for the Sunday offering, as well as most second collections, and you can also make a one-time donation or schedule regular automatic payments. Since contributions are processed electronically, you will no longer need to worry about remembering to bring your envelopes to church, plus, you will earn miles or other awards if you use a credit card that offers such benefits.
To sign up, go to https://giving.parishsoft.com/dl/?uid=miss2201259
Many parishes and schools in our Archdiocese desire to do wonderful ministry, but simply can’t afford it, instead using donations to keep lights on, make critical repairs, and pay insurance for employees. Some of the poorest parishes and schools worry that they may have to close their doors, a decision that would affect thousands in areas where hope is needed most.
For more than 25 years, the annual Together in Mission campaign has provided the opportunity for people across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to join together, as one united voice, to help support struggling parishes and schools.
St. Barbara Parish parishioners have contributed generously to Together in Mission, year after year, together with thousands of Catholics across our Archdiocese who believe that every community deserves a thriving parish and schools. Tens of thousands of families and children have benefitted through education, formation, community opportunities and other ministry. The Archdiocese asks each parish to raise a certain dollar amount as their share of the total, taking into account the particular circumstances of the parish. Money raised above the parish goal is shared with the parish. If a parish falls short of its assessed goal, the difference is paid to the Archdiocese out of the operating funds of the parish. Although the campaign officially begins in February each year, you are welcome to make a donation to Together in Mission, credited to St. Barbara Parish, at any time of year at www.ourmissionla.org/howtogive.
A planned gift is a wonderful way to support the parish that can a) cost nothing during your lifetime, b) provide significant tax savings, c) provide a monthly income during your lifetime, and d) create a personal legacy that can continue to pass on your values to future generations. Such gifts can be restricted to particular purposes or provide for the general operation of the parish. Planned gifts can be revocable or irrevocable and can take many forms. For information on making a planned gift, please contact Fr. Dan Lackie at (805)682-4151, ext. 101.