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If you have questions regarding the Offertory program at St. Francis de Sales, please contact Maggie Wright at or 740-345-9874 ext 204


Dear Parishioners,



Last year I asked you to invest in your parish so that we could overcome the 20% deficit we had in our budget. The Holy Spirit inspired you and gave us exactly what we needed to make it through. In addition, we received Grants from the Catholic Foundation to help us with our Security, Youth Ministry, and even Adult Faith Formation. Our Bishop forgave a $349,000 debt we owed. Furthermore, through our BAA Campaign, we received a matching gift that combined with your gifts enabled us to take care of two large items on our very long backed up maintenance list – the parking lots and school/preschool and gym roofs.



Saint Francis de Sales has been fulfilling the call to grow and nurture the Christian faith since 1841 here in Newark, Ohio. The 8 volumes of Baptismal Records give a testimony of generations of souls brought into the life of Christ within these walls. Some of your families have been sitting in these pews for generations and some of you are new to the parish, like me.  We are all brought here by the Holy Spirit, to keep this mission alive by “Making Disciples and Disciple Makers” right here in Newark.



The staff chose this year’s theme “We are Disciples Imbued by the Holy Spirit.” You only need to look around to see how the Holy Spirit has breathed a new life into this parish. We are growing! We are growing in faith and in love for Our Lord. The staff and I want you to know we feel very blessed to serve you. We are so very grateful for the years of faithfulness in both loyalty and service to this parish by the many generations of families that have filled these pews. We are all one family, working as a team to build the Kingdom of Christ. –continued here



Offertory Q & A
How are the offertory funds used?
An annual pledge to the offertory program will support our daily operations to support our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ through evangelization and spirit-filled relationships in the coming calendar year. This includes funding our ministries and outreaches, faith formation and religious education, spiritual programs and evangelistic efforts, music, staff salaries and benefits, monthly utilities, facilities and grounds maintenance, taxes, and insurance premiums, and other administrative costs.


What is a Tithe?
The Bible teaches us a baseline standard for giving: the tithe. When we give the first 10% of our income to the church, we put God first in our lives. God provides for the mission of our parish through your tithes and offerings. Tithing is an act of worship that expresses our gratitude, faith, and love for others. Refer to the reverse side of this sheet and decide what personal sacrifice you and your family can make to maximize your gift to God.


Why should I make a pledge? I like to just give when I can.
We ask every parishioner to return an Offertory Commitment Form so that we know your giving intention and better plan for good stewardship of the funds you share. We cannot grow our parish in the coming year unless we know the amount each parishioner intends to give. If this is your first time to make a pledge, make one that you feel comfortable with – you can always give more as your finances allow.


What is Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)? Why is it better than envelopes, checks or cash?
EFT is the automatic monthly payment from your checking account or credit card. Payments can be made on the 5th or the 20th of each month. Using EFT provides a regular monthly source of funds for the parish to operate while giving you peace of mind that you are supporting your parish on a regular basis, even while you are out of town for work or vacation. Plus, there is never an occasion when you forget your offertory envelope, check, or cash. Additionally, rather than giving cash or a check, using EFT makes it easier for you to plan how much you want to give to the parish monthly (and annually), while also tracking your contribution for tax deduction purposes.


Why do I still get envelopes if I choose EFT?
You will still get a packet of envelopes quarterly if you choose EFT. The packet will have special collection envelopes such as Endowments, Outreach to the Poor and other Diocesan and national appeals. It does not include the weekly parish offertory program envelopes. You will also get envelopes if you are a St. Francis School parent. These envelopes are for attendance purposes only.


If I use weekly envelopes – is there anything I should do to help the parish office?
Please write a separate check for each fund (e.g., Offertory, Outreach to the Poor) for accounting purposes. In some cases, checks are directed to separate accounts or banks. If you are ‘catching up’ your Sunday offertory pledge after being away, one check is sufficient – even if you typically give weekly. It is helpful if you write your envelope number on your check – especially when you are sending electronic checks from your bank.


Are you a Planned Giver? Do you designate money in your budget to give?
If you are not planning your gift – start this year and complete and return an Offertory Commitment Form!


Offertory Commitment Form 


Are you a Priority Giver?
Give to God before other expenses; not as an afterthought or dependent on whatever is left in your pocket.


Are you a Percentage Giver? Do you know what percentage of your income goes to God’s work?
Give God a percentage of the gifts he has given you. Use the chart on the reverse to calculate it. Is that a percentage that honors him? Be a Progressive Giver and increase the percentage regularly.


Offertory Percentage Giving Chart

St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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