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From local charities to an international children’s mission, giving to St. Michael’s makes you a part of building up the Kingdom of God in ways more than you can imagine.

St. Michael’s is a registered charity and donations are tax-receipted.

Year-end giving appeal

Help your parish this #GivingTuesday

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In fact, many take advantage of the shopping deals on these days and get a head start on their Christmas shopping!

But today, Tuesday December 1, we celebrate what in the world of charitable giving is commonly called Giving Tuesday, which marks a global movement for charitable giving.

On this special day, we ask that you remember your parish in your year-end giving and invite you to make a donation to St. Michael’s. As some of you may know, the parish does not receive funding from other sources and relies entirely on your generosity, which funds everything we do as a church. Now, with the pandemic affecting normal church attendance, our monthly offerings have also suffered.

For those who regularly attend St. Michael’s but haven’t felt the need to contribute to the needs of the parish, this is the time your parish needs you. Making a one-time gift or setting up a regular monthly donation will be immensely helpful.

For our regular donors, we honour you for your sacrificial giving. If your parish has blessed you especially during this time of pandemic, we invite you to consider upping the ante — if you are able to offer something extra during this season of giving, we would be tremendously grateful.

Never has the work of the church been more critical than it is today, especially when many are experiencing desolation as a result of the pandemic and our current social climate — and we appeal to your generosity to help keep the parish running.

In particular, this year our Building Fund has suffered significantly. Our current collection is significantly less than what it was in 2019, and less than half compared to previous years.

Understanding the financial burden that parishes are facing, the Diocese of Calgary has already suspended collecting interest payments as well as the cathedraticum (14.5% parish assessment) since April of this year. With regard to the annual Bishop’s appeal Together in Action, the diocese is no longer holding St. Michael’s to this year’s goal amount. Yet in spite of these, our monthly Building Fund collection is still significantly low. For this reason, we ask that you consider contributing to our Building Fund — donations to which will be applied directly to the principal balance.

We invite you to make St. Michael’s a part of your family this Christmas and remember us in your year-end giving. Of course, we recognize that families may already be facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic — we want to assure you that you are in our prayers. While it goes without saying, we wish to emphasize that offerings of any amount are welcome.

To make a one-time gift or a recurring monthly donation, click the button below.

God bless you and thank you for your generosity!

Make a donation

Ways to Give

1. Online donation

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!You will be redirected to a secure page where you can set up a one-time or monthly donation through your credit card or PayPal account.

(Donating for the Christmas Hamper Program? Select Society of St. Vincent de Paul under “Funds”)

2. Text-to-Donate

Text give to 438-700-8739 to get set up for text giving. Follow the instructions and after you’re set up, you can easily text an amount to the same number (i.e. “10” or “20”) to donate.

3. Pre-authorized Debit

This allows us to debit your bank account or charge your credit card on a monthly basis so you’ll never have to worry about bringing envelopes, cash, or cheques. To get started now, fill-out this pre-authorized debit form and drop it off at the Parish Office at your convenience.

4. Contribution Envelopes

If you prefer to have contribution envelopes which you can drop on the collection basket during Mass, simply contact us at parish@saintmichael.ca or at 403-249-0423 and we’ll have one ready for you.

 

5. Planned Giving

Did you know that you can also make a planned gift to St. Michael’s? Examples would be: naming St. Michael as a beneficiary in your will, donating a life insurance policy, gifts of registered plans, etc. To learn more, contact Ted Williams.

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