Christ the Redeemer gives 10% of our Sunday collection away to local, national and international charities. Many of our parishioners have chosen to base their own sacrificial giving as a percentage of their income and there are also opportunities to take advantage of rewards programs which return a percentage of our purchases to the parish.
Christ the Redeemer now provides Online Giving—a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—just click on ONLINE GIVING. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. And you won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays! And if you still want to place something in the offertory basket, just pick up one of our “SACRIFICIAL GIFT OFFERING” cards on your way into church and use that at offertory time.
What does it mean to give first fruits?
In ancient times people offered God the first (or finest) fruits of their labor – often produce or livestock – as a covenantal sign of faith. Most of us don’t farm or tend sheep nowadays, but we can still dedicate the first work of our hands to God by offering our first hour’s wage each week (or its equivalent).
Why do we give first fruits?
Think of the monetary gift we choose to offer each week as an apple. If we were to give God the gift of an apple, would we offer him one with a bite taken out of it? Would we offer one that’s half-eaten? Would we offer a mere apple core? Giving our first fruits is an outward sign of our love for God. When we give God our “finest,” it shows trust in His plan for us.
When do we give first fruits?
“Firsts” are always at the beginning. So, we give first fruits at the beginning of the month or week. Implied in this definition of “first” is the truth that there will always be a beginning to the month or week. We are called to give consistently, every month or every week. Also implied is the notion that by giving to God first, we are not giving of our excess (what’s left after the bites are taken out of the apple). Rather, we are giving God a gift that’s whole, given freely and out of trust.
How do I give first fruits?
So, giving first fruits means giving our finest consistently. A very effective way to do this is through ONLINE GIVING. Leaving what we commit to God to the last minute can become a whole apple one week, a half of an apple the next week, and no apple the week after that. ONLINE GIVING is consistent – the same discerned gift amount at the same time every month. You can give with a credit card or through your bank account.
Who gives first fruits?
As soon as we are employed and on our own, it is time to make our own covenant with God and give our first fruits. At different times in our lives we may face financial hardships or a bumper crop of apples. Through it all, we discern what our “finest” is and give accordingly. As we grow closer to God and see first hand the blessings he gives for our trust in him, we find other ways to give as well – from giving a percentage of work bonuses, inheritances or gifts to planned giving in our wills.
Sacrificial Giving Calculator
To help you make your tithing decisions, we provide a Calculator written in Excel – CLICK HERE
Kroger Rewards Program
Christ the Redeemer Church is now participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
A percentage of your purchases will be donated to the parish. It is very simple to register your rewards card or sign up for a card.
TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
Click on Sign In/Register under Welcome! (top right hand side of page)
Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box at right.
Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number (towards bottom of the screen). Save changes.
Update or confirm your information.
Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. Enter 83715, Select Christ the Redeemer, Save Changes
To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name at the bottom of your information page.
Questions call the parish office, 248-391-1621.
Amazon Smile Program
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to Christ the Redeemer when you designate CTR as your preferred charity.
For more information about AmazonSmile, CLICK HERE
#StartWithaSmile and Amazon donates to Christ the Redeemer. CLICK HERE
STEWARDS OF THE EARTH
Our Catholic faith calls to us through the teaching of Social Justice.
The seventh point reads:
CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION: We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
Below are some links that provide helpful information on our responsibility of Stewards of the earth:
- Center for Health, Environment and Justice
- Earth Charter Freecycling
- Ethical Consumer Magazine
- Generation Green
- Responsible Shopper
Creator, this is such a beautiful world, both fragile and resilient.
Forgive us when we act as if this world belongs to us, rather than to you.
May our desire to love all of life grow; may our ability to act lovingly toward all of life grow. Thank you for caring people and our time together.
Help us to continue to support one another in our journeys; use us to bring about a world more compassionate and just, where all people and all creation enjoy and share in life’s bounty.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL (CSA)
A CSA 2017 Update from Fr. Joe
This year’s Catholic Services Appeal is going to be huge for two reasons. If our campaign is successful, we will pay off our parish building debt. Second, the Archdiocese of Detroit is helping us reach that goal by reducing our CSA target by $34,504.
The Archdiocese is inaugurating a completely new CSA parish assessment plan. The old method calculated various financial and demographic factors. The new formula uses a percentage of our total stewardship. The percentage is adjusted on a three-year average of our annual offering. (Sunday and Christmas) The percentages range from 9.5%-15.5%. Our rate is 13%, but we might in future years be bumped up to $14.5%.
In the past, the Archdiocese assessed parishes a percentage of the AOD budget. Successful parishes saw their CSA targets go up every year to cover the shortfall from financially troubled parishes. With the new CSA plan, we will pay a percentage of our parish offertory, and the AOD budget will be the amount of income generated from all the parishes. In short, the Archdiocese will adjust their budget to live within their means.
Our 2017/18 CSA target is $121,493, a reduction of $34,504 from last year’s target of $155,997. This is the first time our target has gone down since the financial crisis of 2008/09.
The Archdiocese “taxes” parishes in two ways, like a sales tax and an income tax. Our regular Sunday offerings are assessed at 7%; the Christmas Collection is exempt. Every spring we have a campaign to raise funds for an additional AOD tax, called the CSA. The Sunday and Christmas collections are calculated as part of the CSA target. The excess money pledged through CSA is exempt from both the 7% assessment and the CSA assessment. The money that is pledged over and above our CSA target is returned 100% to the parish.
At the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2017, the projected debt will be at or below $345,000. We will have paid about $300,000 on the debt this year. We are on track to pay off our building debt in 2018.
If you are able to increase your CSA pledge this year, there is a very good possibility that we could pay off our debt by the end of the next fiscal year, June 2018. If our CSA contributions are the same as they were this year, we will be paying an additional $34,500 on the debt next year. All we need is an additional $10,500 to pay off our debt by the end of the next fiscal year.
You can make your CSA pledge with a one-time, and/or quarterly or monthly payments. Pledges can be made with the CSA pledge card enclosed with your mailing or at: http://ctr.aodcsa.org
Fr. Joe Dailey
For more information about the CSA from the Archdiocese of Detroit site, CLICK HERE
To make an online CSA pledge – CLICK HERE