When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

| December 17, 2014 | 2 Comments
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When you put your offering in the collection basket at Mass, make an electronic gift or give a special year-end donation to your parish, *92 cents of every dollar you give stays in your parish or supports initiatives as determined by your parish.

Your gift keeps the lights and heat on at your parish, maintains your church and other parish campus buildings, provides fair wages and benefits to parish staff, helps provide Catholic education at your parish school and through your parish faith formation program, supports music ministry and provides for other outreach ministry in your community. Your support allows your parish to share the Gospel message and the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.

For this budget year, of every dollar you give to your parish, 8 cents (9 cents if your parish doesn’t directly support a Catholic school) go to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Of those 8 cents, over 7 and a half cents support archdiocesan operations and ministries (see graphic for details) throughout the 12-county archdiocese. This budget year, less than half a cent of every dollar you give to the parish goes to the archdiocese to pay expenses related to clergy sexual abuse and other clergy misconduct. Historically, archdiocesan reserves and insurance have paid for legal settlements and special issues expenses that are not anticipated to be ongoing in the long-term and are arising primarily from the lifting of Minnesota’s civil statute of limitations on sexual abuse.

If you have questions about what ministries are supported at your parish, talk with your pastor or ask in your parish office. All donations to your parish are tax-deductible.

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  • Ben Nevis

    I object to the statement in this article which claims that fair wages are being paid to parish staff with parish offerings. Interestingly, the welfare of staff is mentioned only after the welfare of parish utilities and physical plants. Is this an appropriate hierarchy of values for the body of Christ? It is a well known fact that while ordained priests on parish staffs are extremely well provided for in this archdiocese, lay staff are often quite poorly compensated. I know of one diocesan parish pastoral minister compensated at a pre-tax salary of 15,000 per annum without health insurance or retirement benefits of any kind.This person also commutes 50 miles each way, at their own expense, to serve God’s people. In the same parish, the pastor is well compensated with salary, a housekeeper/cook, lawn/garden workers, food allowance, continuing ed/retreat allowances, a free graduate education, full health care benefits and retirement benefits. Each parish needs to reveal staff compensation publically, clearly stating who on staff receives exactly what based on parish contributions, tithes and offerings. In the spirit of Pope Francis, the deceit, hypocrisy and clericalism needs very much to end.

  • Ben Nevis

    What if I added the value of a free house and utilities for a single person who has no responsibilities for spouse or children. In addition to that, the same parish spending $ on a professional feasibility study to determine whether 400,000 can be raised for building repairs and improvements without staff compensation being given any attention at all? How does this square with Catholic Social Teaching and the priorities and duties of employers to employees especially when employees are heads of households?