As Members of the parish, for stewardship, we are asked to contribute regularly to the operating expenses of the parish. Stewardship recognizes that everything we have, our lives, faith, loved ones, material possessions, and more, come to us from a loving God. One of our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus Christ is to return a portion of what we have received back to God
In addition to ongoing operating expenses, special needs in our community or beyond, initiatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago, or specific projects within the parish are also presented to the parish community throughout the year for their prayerful consideration and financial support.
People give for many reasons: the feeling of making a difference, a sense of Christian responsibility, moral obligation or the feeling of belonging to the great Catholic community at St. Norbert Parish. Maybe someone you respect asked you to give. Maybe you give to make the world a better place for your children and family. For whatever reason you give, thank you!
Ways of Giving
There are different ways to give financial gifts to the church:
|Sunday Collection:||In addition to being an instrument for making financial contributions to the parish, the weekly envelope can serve as a concrete expression of gratitude and sacrifice during the celebration of the Eucharist.|
|Planned Giving:||Leaving a gift through your will, establishing a charitable remainder trust, creating a gift annuity, or designating St. Norbert Parish as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy are just a few of the ways you can plan now to make a difference in the future.|
|In-Kind Gifts:||In-Kind Gifts, such as labor and materials, can have a major positive impact on the Church. For example, if you own or work for an excavation, construction, electrical or plumbing company, your company may choose to donate its services and/or materials to the Church. This can be done pro bono or at a reduced rate. Tax benefits may apply for these gifts.|
|Donor-Specified Gifts:||Parishioners are welcome to dedicate funds for particular parish needs—such as flowers, vestments, and candles.|
|Stock Gifts:||Gifts of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have increased in value during your ownership can result in tax savings. If your portfolio has incurred losses, you can use those losses to reduce your taxable income.|
|Funding Specific Parish Events:||Become a sponsor an event with a cash donation such as the Annual Gala or the Block Party.|
How to Give
There are a few methods for you to use to give:
Unless you request otherwise, each registered family of the parish receives a packet of offertory envelopes approximately every 8 weeks. If you are not receiving envelopes via mail and you wish to do so, simply email the Parish office and request offertory envelopes.
Many people use envelopes each week and find “dropping their envelope in the basket” as an important part of their worship and discipleship. Others prefer to use their envelopes bi-weekly or monthly, to coordinate bookkeeping with income and expenditures. Some choose to use empty offertory envelopes at mass to signify participation when donations are handled otherwise.
Automatic Electronic Withdrawal
Automatic Electronic Offering Plan is an option some parishioners use to make donations. This plan authorizes the parish to receive specified contributions for the weekend offertory, archdiocesan and national collections, and other collections, according to a schedule set up by the parishioner. Click here to access the “Give Central” website to setup an account. Select the “Electronic Check” as your withdrawal method.
Donations and payments made through Online Giving are deposited directly into the parish checking account. Online Giving is available for regular, recurring support of the parish, and one-time contributions to special collections and donations to our outreach programs. Family Faith Formation can also be paid through Online Giving. Click here to access the “Give Central” website to set-up an Online Giving account.