God’s people have always been characterized by giving. Giving is an important aspect of the Christian life. Luke records that Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). At Mary, Mother of the Light Maronite Catholic Church, we want to encourage all parishioners to pray about giving—and give as God leads them. Here are some ways to give:

Become a Sustaining Family/Individual

A Sustaining Family/Individual is committed to supporting Mary, Mother of the Light Maronite Catholic Church financially every week of the year.

How do you become a Sustaining Family/Individual?

We ask that you enroll in the Auto (Donation) Bill Pay: if you do online bill pay, you can follow these Auto Bill Pay Instructions to add Mary, Mother of the Light Maronite Catholic Church as a recurring auto payee. Benefits include:

  • easily track giving
  • no more check writing
  • the Church pays no credit card fees
  • and you do not need to provide your credit card or bank account information!

Tithing (Deuteronomy 26:12, Malachi 3:8-10)

Many Christians believe that this principle of giving one-tenth should be carried over to the New Testament in giving to the church and other Christian organizations. However, the question as to whether to tithe from one’s net or gross income is not answered in Scripture, nor is the question of whether to give it all to the local church or to include other ministries. We feel that such decisions should be based on personal conviction.

Christians who tithe do so simply because they respect the Old Testament principle and find it a helpful place to begin in their giving. A New Testament teaching on giving which may be helpful to you is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” This passage brings out four points: we should give individually, regularly, methodically, and proportionately.

The matter of your giving is between you and God, and He always takes into account our circumstances. He knows when they are beyond our power to direct and control. The important thing is that we see giving as a privilege and not a burden. It should not be out of a sense of duty, but rather out of love for the Lord and a desire to see His kingdom advanced. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The deeper question, you see, is this: What has priority in our lives? Is Christ really first—or do we put ourselves and our own desires first? Make sure Christ is first in your life, and then ask Him to guide you.

Planned Gifts

A special way you can ensure your parish will live on for the future is by Planned Gifts. A Planned Gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly donated through a Will or Trust, Insurance, or Retirement Assets, Planned Gifts are most often granted once the donor has passed away.

Especially when you are planning your Will or thinking about how your legacy will reflect your love of your parish community, we invite you to remember Mary, Mother of the Light Maronite Catholic Church in your Will and in your Estate planning. Thank you in advance for your planning.