Christian Stewardship at its core is the heart-felt belief that everything we have is a blessing from God - every breath we take, every loved one, every freedom, every talent and ability, every material possession and every natural element in our environment. Though we will inevitably face challenges and hardships during our lifetime, those who maintain a steward's perspective find peace and contentment in what they have rather than in what they do not have. Through true gratitude for the gifts given them by God, Christian Stewards are freed up to give of themselves in proportion to their many blessings.
Today more than ever there is a great need to strengthen our parishes as they, in turn, serve as a vital source of support to the communities. The heartbeat of our Church can be found in our parishes. The parish is the single most important unit of the Church. We as a parish have been blessed by the Lord in so many ways. It begins with our Eucharistic celebration and extends to our community of faith.
Finances are obviously very important to support our ministry, and we appreciate the generous support we receive from our parishioners. As Catholics, we are called to be good stewards of all of our gifts, investing them wisely and generously for the sake of God’s Kingdom. We know that our Lord’s promise is to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”
ELECTRONIC TRANSFERS / CREDIT CARD
The most convenient way to make your giving commitment is by electronic transfer of funds to your parish through a checking or savings account or a deduction from a credit card. Elect to have your monthly gift automatically deducted from your designated checking/saving account/credit card. Click HERE to display the sign-up form. Print and complete the form, sign it, send a copy of your voided check or deposit ticket and mail it to:
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
9190 Church St.
Union Bridge, MD 21791
You can also drop it in a sealed envelope in the offertory collection basket on Saturday/Sunday or take it to the Parish Office. Changes to your electronic transfer simply requires filling in the form with the revised information and submitting again. For more information about electronic fund transfer, call our Bookkeepers at 301-898-5111 x16.
We hope to encourage all parishioners to use the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program, as it is convenient for you and it enables us to budget our expenses more accurately. After processing the form, we will mail you an EFT Givers card to use for the weekly collection.
Plan your gift as part of your monthly budget and elect to use weekly envelopes. Simply email our Office Manager and request offertory envelopes to be sent to you. Email email@example.com
Regular, predictable giving provides a critical foundation for the Pastor, the Finance Committee, and the Staff to build upon in carrying out the mission of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church! Together we will make it happen!! Thank you for your support.
Electronic Funds Transfer FAQ
Q. What is EFT?
EFT stands for Electronic Funds Transfer. It is an automated transfer program that allows you to make contributions without writing checks or having payment made directly to your credit card.
Q. How is my electronic gift deducted from my checking/savings/credit card account?
Once you authorize the transfer from any one of your accounts, your specified contribution is electronically transferred from the account to the church’s account. If the account you are withdrawing from is your checking account, you will need to include a voided check with the authorization form. If using your savings account, please include a deposit slip.
Q. When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?
You have three options:
1. Monthly from checking/savings/credit card accounts deducted on the 1st of every month.
2. Monthly from checking/savings/credit card accounts deducted on the 15th of every month.
3. Monthly from checking/savings/credit card accounts deducted on the 1st AND15th of every month.
Q. How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Since your contribution is made on a pre-established day, you simply record it in your check register or credit card register on the appropriate day. Your statements will include an itemized list of electronic transfers deducted from your account. St. Peter’s will continue to provide you with an annual contribution record for your taxes.
Q. What if I change banks/credit card or want to change the amount of my contribution?
You can change your EFT giving choices at any time by notifying the Parish Office at (301) 898-5111 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Holds or cancellations are processed within five to seven business days. So please be sure to notify our Bookkeepers at least five to seven days before the 1st or the 15th of the month depending on what date you have chosen
Q. Is there any charge to me from my bank/credit card to give electronically?
No. It cost you nothing and it saves you time!
Q. If I use a joint bank account, do both parties have to sign the form?
No. As long as only one signature is required for withdrawals or charges on the account, only one person needs to sign the Electronic Giving Form. If two signatures are required for all checks and withdrawals or credit card purchases, then both parties must sign the application.
Q. Are second collections going to be available to be given electronically?
Mortgage and Poor Box Collections can be added to your monthly total. The rest of the Second Collections are so diverse and the amount parishioners give to each of these collections is so individualized, that we cannot accommodate there yet, but you can opt to have just those envelopes sent to your home.