Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones; to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked all parishes to take up an emergency collection to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We will take this collection up next weekend, Sept 9/10 at ALL Masses. (Please make checks out payable to the parish and reference ‘hurricane relief’ in the memo line) If you would rather donate online, you can do so now on the home page of the Archdiocese of Seattle website: www.seattlearchdiocese.org
Every person’s finances and family situation is different. Jesus makes it clear that it matters not how much one gives, but that it is planned, calculated, at least somewhat sacrificial (see Luke 24:1-4), and not simply from what is “leftover” at the end of the month.
The Old Testament puts forth a “tithe” – or 10% of one’s income – as the amount that goes back to God. In the New Testament Jesus praises Zacchaeus for giving half of his estate (Luke 19:1-10), and also calls some to give all their worldly possessions and follow Him! (Mark 10:21; Matthew 19:21; Luke 18:22)
We propose the tithe (10%) as the ideal every family can consider working towards. This means taking steps to give 5% to one’s parish, and 5% to other charities or causes you have personal passion for.
When you register as a parishioner, you will also receive envelopes that you can put in the collection at Mass; or mail in to the parish.
If you need help with online giving, or are not receiving envelopes, please call the parish office: 206-546-2451.