Faith, Trust, and Generosity
“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.” (Matthew 13:22)
It’s so easy to get caught up in worldly anxiety. During the pandemic, many of us have cut back on our spending as stay-at-home orders were extended and employees were furloughed, with no end in sight. Stashing away every possible cent seemed like the prudent thing to do. But as Christians, God calls us to radical faith, trusting that He will provide for our every need. As the riches of the world and next-day delivery on Amazon lure us away from God, He challenges us to move closer to Him in faith.
For Catholics, one such act of faith is helping to provide for the needs of the Church (CCC 2043). Just as each of us trusts that God will provide for our own needs and those of our families, the parish trusts that her parishioners will provide for its needs. Traditionally, offertory collections are the primary channel through which you support these needs, but as we’ve been apart, collections are down. Additionally, summertime usually means fewer gifts, as families are away on vacation or visiting family. However, we have seen the generosity and faithfulness of our parishioners time and time again, and we have great faith that the Lord will stir up a spirit of giving and provide for our needs. As we begin our new fiscal year, we are asking that you prayerfully consider supporting your parish by taking one of the following steps:
Make a “catch up” donation. If you’ve been live streaming Mass and have missed being able to drop an envelope in the basket, please consider making a donation to cover what you would have given over the weeks we were apart. Checks and cash are welcome, but you can also make a one-time gift to catch up using FaithDirect.
Set up a recurring gift using FaithDirect. Recurring gifts are our steadiest stream of income, and they make Sunday mornings easier for you, too. Your offerings will be automatically debited from your account at the beginning of each month. No more searching for envelopes, writing checks, or stopping by the ATM on the way to Mass.
Make your offering via Text-to-Give. Tight budget? We get it. Text-to-give is our newest giving option, and it’s perfect for those who want to give, but might not have a full month’s offering available at the start of the month. Send a text to 703-343-9211 with the amount you’d like to tithe (eg: $35. The dollar sign is important!). You’ll be prompted to set up an account the first time you use it, and after that it’s a quick and cash-free way to support the Church according to your means.
Consider increasing your weekly offering. If it’s been a while since you set up your gifts, this is a great time to take another look at your giving. Have you been given a raise or promotion? Started a successful side-hustle? Won the lotto? Show your gratitude for the many blessings God has bestowed upon you by passing a portion of that blessing on to your parish community. Our most common gift is about $30 per week. Can you give just $5 more each week?
Start giving. If you haven’t contributed to the parish in the past, it’s not too late to start. The traditional 10% tithe can be intimidating, but take heart! St. Thomas Aquinas says of the widow’s mite (Mark 12:41-44), “[She] who gave less in quantity, gave more in proportion; and thus we gather that the fervor of her charity. . .was greater.” Can you give one hour’s wages? $5.00 a week? $1.00? Every gift, no matter how small, given to the glory of God and His Church, will bear great fruit.
We’re so grateful to those of you who have continued to mail in offerings while worshiping from home, or who have transitioned to Faith Direct. Your generous spirit has allowed us to continue to celebrate the sacraments, educate our Religious Education and school students, and bring the Mass to all of you at home via live stream. May God bless you in your selfless stewardship of His Church and your parish home.