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A. ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
B. FUNDRAISING VEHICLES IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SINGAPORE
C. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF FUNDS
D. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FOUNDATION – GENERAL
E. CONTRIBUTIONS BY CASH / CHEQUE
F. CONTRIBUTIONS BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS
G. CONTRIBUTIONS BY GIRO
H. CONTRIBUTIONS BY OTHER MEANS (IN-KIND, LEGACY, MEMORIAL)
I. THE GIFT CAMPAIGN
J. VOLUNTEERING



A. ABOUT CATHOLIC FOUNDATION


The Catholic Foundation is the designated fundraising body for the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.

The mission of the Catholic Foundation is to promote Christian giving and provide stewardship for funds raised to support the needs of the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.

The Catholic Foundation provides a platform upon which the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore can depend on for funds to meet its operating and building needs.

Before the formation of the Catholic Foundation, the main source of the archdiocese’s operating fund has traditionally been a 15% share of the parishes’ first collection at Masses every weekend. (The remaining 85% is retained by the parishes for their needs).

This was insufficient to cover the operating costs of the archdiocese. Although in 2016, the system was changed to a tiered system of 4% to 28% depending on each parish’s income, this funding model remains insufficient.

The Foundation was established to provide a second vehicle to raise funds directly for the needs of the archdiocese. These needs include the expenditure of archdiocesan organisations, the upkeep and welfare of the priests, as well as various building needs of the archdiocese.

Find out more here.

The term “foundation” is commonly used to describe non-profit bodies that receive donations from specific individuals or a community, and give out those funds (as grants) to specific causes.

Foundations may be associated with an individual, a family, a corporation or other institutions.

The Catholic Foundation in Singapore is set up by the Catholic Church in Singapore to raise funds to support the needs of the archdiocese. There are other “Catholic Foundations” in other archdioceses around the world with similar missions.

The Catholic Foundation is legally set up as a company limited by guarantee (ACRA No: 201231391K) and registered as a charity under the Charities Act (UEN No: 201231391K).

A board of directors which is appointed by the Archbishop of Singapore, governs the Catholic Foundation. The board comprises leadership priests and lay professionals with backgrounds in philanthropy, accounting, legal, and corporate governance.

For the full list of current directors, click here

The Catholic Foundation supports the operating and building needs of the Archdiocese of Singapore.

The operating needs include the upkeep and welfare of priests, and the running of the various Archbishop’s Offices and key archdiocesan bodies such as the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE), and Office for Young People (OYP), amongst many.

The building needs of the archdiocese include new buildings, as well as lease and building renewals of the Church’s properties.

See Question 17 and find out more here.

The funds collected by the Catholic Foundation are meant for the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. They are given out as grants to the Catholic organisations either directly or through a block grant to the Archdiocesan Finance Commission.

The funds do not go to the archbishop.

The Archdiocesan Finance Commission provides oversight of the finances of the archdiocese. The Commission meets monthly to review the archdiocese’s accounts, finances and related matters. The members of the AFC provide professional advice and support to the archbishop in planning and managing the use of the archdiocese’s finances.

The Catholic Foundation raises funds for the Archdiocese of Singapore. The funds raised are given to the Archdiocesan Finance Commission and the respective Catholic organisations and bodies.

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B. FUNDRAISING VEHICLES IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SINGAPORE


The Church is one body made of many parts. Thus, the funding of different aspects of the Church is separated into different pools of funds, handled by different fundraising bodies.

These different pools of funds may be summarised as:

  • Social Mission

There are over 40 Catholic charities in Singapore, such as Catholic Welfare Services, Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), and A Call To Share (ACTS). Each of them focuses on particular social causes, and undertake charitable work in Singapore and overseas. They operate under the umbrella of Caritas Singapore (for Singapore charities) and CHARIS (for overseas humanitarian aid).

Most of these Catholic charitable organisations are separately registered as charities and many of them are Institutions of a Public Character (IPC). Where the organisations are IPCs, donors enjoy tax deductions on their donations.

In addition to the fundraising done by the individual Catholic charities in the parishes and in the community, there are generally three archdiocesan-wide fundraising by the Catholic charities:

  • Caritas Singapore carries out an annual “Charities Week” collection through the parishes, starting typically in Lent.
  • CHARIS conducts an annual fundraising appeal through the parishes.
  • SSVP conducts a second collection on the first Sunday of each month at all the parishes.

Funds raised by Caritas Singapore, CHARIS and their affiliates go to their respective causes and beneficiaries, and are not used for the needs of other organisations or parishes in the archdiocese.

  • Religious Congregations

There are 22 religious congregations in Singapore, such as the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, the Order of Friars Minor, and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Each focuses on a specific ministry and purpose according to its special charisms.

Each religious congregation answers directly to its own superior general. The funds collected are used by the religious congregations for their missions, and are not available to the archdiocese.

  • Parishes

There are 31 parishes in Singapore. Each parish’s source of funds include the weekly offertories and other collections made during Masses. Some parishes may also conduct additional fundraising activities such as fun fairs, and other events, for specific parish building projects. In addition, some parishes have income from their columbarium and parlours.

Traditionally, 15% of parish first collections at Masses every weekend was given to the archdiocese for its needs, while 85% was retained for each parish’s own needs. In 2016, this was changed to a tiered system of 4% to 28% depending on each parish’s income to be contributed to the archdiocese.

  • Catholic Foundation

The archdiocese has to provide for the welfare and upkeep of the priests, the needs of many archdiocesan offices and organisations (such as ACF, OYP and ACCS), and the upkeep and development of archdiocesan properties. The traditional 15% and revised tiered system have proven insufficient to provide for all these needs of the archdiocese.

The Catholic Foundation was set up as a second vehicle to raise funds for the archdiocese. All funds raised by the Catholic Foundation will go towards the Archdiocese of Singapore.

Find out more here.

Traditionally, the 31 parishes and the archdiocese are funded by the first collections made during Masses. The disposition of the first collections are as described above in Question 9 – traditionally 85% to the parishes and 15% to the archdiocese.

The approved first and second collections are used for the purpose as stated and announced, in line with the principle of “donor intent”.

In line with the Universal Church, certain first collection occurring on special dates or occasions, go toward funding specific purposes. These occasions include World Communications day, Good Shepherd Sunday, Peter’s Pence and Mission Sunday.

Peter’s Pence, for example, is the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter, for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.

On some weekends, there are also certain approved second collections, for instance Rice for the Poor on every first Sunday (through Society of St Vincent de Paul), for evangelisation activities and for general maintenance of the parishes.

The collections gathered during Masses every weekend are largely retained by each parish for its own needs, ranging from operational costs, to resourcing parish programmes and maintaining its premises. (See Question 9 above). While the parish continues to depend heavily on your weekly contribution, the Church is also faced with the financial needs at the archdiocesan level.

Every Catholic is challenged to give to the Catholic Foundation for the benefit of the archdiocese, in addition to the contributions to his or her parish and other fundraisers in the Church.

There are different pools of funds for different purposes. (See Question 9 for the different pools of funds).

Each fundraising body may conduct several fundraisers to raise funds.

A “Fundraising Coordination Committee” has recently been set up in the archdiocese to better co-ordinate the fundraising of the different organisations in the Church.

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C. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF FUNDS


Details of grant disbursements can be found in the Catholic Foundation’s annual reports and various communications with regular contributors.

To obtain the annual reports, click here.

You can be assured that the Catholic Foundation will be responsible and accountable for the funds collected and used:

  • Catholic Foundation is a registered charity.

As a registered charity (UEN No: 201231391k), all activities of the Catholic Foundation have to comply with the guidelines and regulations of the Commissioner of Charities and the Charities Act which governs all charities in Singapore.

  • Catholic Foundation is governed by a board of directors.

The board of the Catholic Foundation is appointed by the Archbishop and consists of leadership priests, as well as professionals with relevant backgrounds such as accounting, legal, and corporate governance.

The board has legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities under the Companies Act and the Charities Act for the activities of the Catholic Foundation.

  • Catholic Foundation is transparent.

Information of how money is raised and used can be found in the Catholic Foundation’s annual reports and communications with contributors.

Information on the Foundation, including its conformance with the Code of Governance for Charities, is also available on the charity portal.

  • Catholic Foundation is audited.

The financial statements, as well as accounting and control processes of the Catholic Foundation, are audited by an independent auditor, Deloitte & Touche.

Each parish has been required to share its accounts yearly with parishioners since 2015. The accounts of the archdiocese are submitted yearly to the Commissioner of Charities (under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth) and these are also shared with all priests in Singapore.

Financial statements of the archdiocese, which includes all parishes, will be audited from 2017.

At present, the finance organisation and resources include:

  • At the parish level, a Parish Finance Committee assists the Parish Priest with the oversight of the parish accounts.
  • At the district (a cluster of parishes) level, a district accountant assists and coordinates the work of the parish accountants within the district.
  • At the archdiocese level:
    • The Financial Administrator is responsible to the Archbishop for the administration of all goods and properties of the archdiocese.
    • The Archdiocesan Finance Commission assists the Archbishop with its annual budget of income and expenditure and provides advice and oversight on financial matters.
    • The Archdiocesan Finance Division consists of full time accounting staff that maintains the financial records of the archdiocese.
    • The Archdiocese Land and Properties Singapore (ALPS) provides oversight and support of Church properties.

In addition, the Archdiocesan Audit Committee will have oversight of the Archdiocesan Internal Audit Division, which will be set up in 2017 to ensure the effectiveness of internal control and risk management systems.

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D. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FOUNDATION – GENERAL


The financial needs of the Church include operational and building needs.

The operational needs of the archdiocese include:

  • Upkeep and welfare of 160 priests in Singapore (as of 2016).
  • Operations of the Archbishop’s Office such as Chancery, Finance, ALPS and ArchComms.
  • Operations of the various archdiocesan organisations including the Office for Young People (OYP), Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE), Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), and Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF).

The current building needs of the archdiocese include:

  • New buildings such as:
    • Bethany East, a residence for retired priests.
    • A new seminary and formation building.
    • An archdiocesan centre.
  • Sinking funds for the renewal of leases and renovation of the Church properties.

Find out more about how your contribution will fuel the Church’s growth here.

One of the five precepts of the Catholic Church (alongside the call to attend Mass, receive the Eucharist, go for confession, and observe days of fasting) is to provide for the “material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability” (CCC 2043).

The Code of Canon Law 222 §1 also states, “The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church so that the Church has what is necessary for divine worship, for the works of the apostolate and of charity, and for the decent support of ministers.”

However Catholics are also called to give “as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7).

Find out more here.

The Catholic Foundation aims to promote the spirit of Christian giving. You do not need to be a wealthy person to contribute. Any amount, big or small, is a precious gift that God can multiply for the good of all. “For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have” (2 Cor 8: 12).

Yes, you can.

First, there are specific funds that you can channel your contribution to. These include:

  • Bethany East Fund. This is a fund to renovate a house on Changi Road, near to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour as a residence for retired priests. The cost of the construction is $3.1 million and it is scheduled to be completed by end 2017.
  • Seminary and Formation Building Fund. This is a fund for a new four-storey building located in front of St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) for the formation of future priests and laity. It will cost $19 million and is targeted to be completed by mid-2018.
  • Clergy Welfare and Retirement Fund. This fund provides for the welfare, medical and retirement needs of priests. There are 160 priests in Singapore. Many are getting old, with nearly a third of them having been a priest for over 30 years.

If there is a specific contribution that does not fall within the three funds, you can specify them. The Catholic Foundation will however need to confirm that the cause is within the scope of the Foundation to accept and can be followed through.

Yes, all contributions to the Catholic Foundation are acknowledged with a receipt. We may take up to three to four weeks for processing of contributions.

The Catholic Foundation is a tax-exempt charity, but it is not an Institution of a Public Character (“IPC”). Contributions to the Catholic Foundation do not qualify for tax deductions.

Yes, the Catholic Foundation will be able to provide you information on all your contributions as long as the contributions were not anonymous, i.e. you have provided personal information (Name, NRIC number, etc) that allows us to track the contributions.

When you have registered with us as a regular contributor, you will be provided with a User ID and password (which you should change) to access your GIFT portal at login.catholicfoundation.sg. The portal allows you to track your contributions to the Church at a glance, and communicate with us directly about your gifts.

For those who give monthly, the Catholic Foundation will provide an annual summary of your contributions.

For those who have given on an ad-hoc basis, you can write in to cf@catholic.org.sg, or call us at 6338-0348 to request for a summary of your gifts to the Catholic Foundation.

All your information will be kept confidential. The Catholic Foundation adheres to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and the archdiocese’s data protection policies.

To find out what these are, click here.

You may send a cheque or give cash to the Catholic Foundation without providing your personal information.

The crossed cheque should be made payable to “Catholic Foundation” and may be posted to “55 Waterloo Street, #05-02, Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954”. Alternatively, it can be dropped at one of the places identified below for cash.

Cash should be put in a sealed envelope, marked “For Catholic Foundation” and dropped at one of the following (please do not mail cash):

  • Your parish:
    • Parishes may have collection boxes that are able to receive such envelopes.
    • There is a second collection on the third Sunday of each month for contributions to the Catholic Foundation.
  • At Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954, there are Catholic Foundation collection boxes at:
    • Level 1 – Crossings Café
    • Level 2 – Cana
    • Level 4 – CTIS Library
    • Level 5 – Catholic Foundation.

Contributions can be made to the Catholic Foundation through various means;

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Debit/credit card
  • GIRO
  • Shares and valuable assets
  • Bequest in Will
  • CPF Beneficiary
  • Life Insurance
  • Memorial gifts in honour of the memory of a loved ones

Find out more here.

There are two channels of giving to the Catholic Foundation:

  • Online via gift.catholicfoundation.sg.
  • Manually via appeal envelopes and forms.

Online channels are preferred as they are the most effective in ensuring data accuracy. Going online is also more convenient for both the Catholic Foundation and contributors.

In the event of cheques, credit cards and GIRO (where signatures are needed), there will still be a need to post a form or envelope to the Catholic Foundation.

In terms of the various payment forms, the Catholic Foundation prefers GIRO because that is the most cost-effective method compared to credit cards or other modes for regular giving. However, we would be happy to accept all forms of gifts.

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E. CONTRIBUTIONS BY CASH / CHEQUE

Cash can be given by putting the money into an envelope, preferably a Catholic Foundation appeal envelope where the information required by the Foundation to acknowledge your contribution is set out.

You can drop the envelopes at one of the following locations:

  • Your parish:
    • Parishes may have collection boxes that are able to receive such envelopes.
    • There is a second collection on the third Sunday of each month for contributions to Catholic Foundation.
  • At Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954, there are Catholic Foundation collection boxes at:
    • Level 1 – Crossings Café
    • Level 2 – Cana
    • Level 4 – CTIS Library
    • Level 5 – Catholic Foundation.

You can make out a crossed cheque payable to “Catholic Foundation” and post it to us in an envelope, preferably a Catholic Foundation appeal envelope where the information required by the Foundation to acknowledge your contribution is set out.

The Catholic Foundation’s envelopes are also returnable via Business Reply Service (BRS).

Alternatively, you can drop the envelopes at one of the following locations:

  • Your parish:
    • Parishes may have collection boxes that are able to receive such envelopes.
    • There is a second collection on the third Sunday of each month for contributions to Catholic Foundation.
  • At Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954, there are Catholic Foundation collection boxes at:
    • Level 1 – Crossings Café
    • Level 2 – Cana
    • Level 4 – CTIS Library
    • Level 5 – Catholic Foundation.

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F. CONTRIBUTIONS BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS


To contribute via credit or debit card whether on a one-off or regular basis, you may either:

The Catholic Foundation’s envelopes are returnable via Business Reply Service (BRS). Alternatively, you can drop the envelopes at one of the following locations:

  • Your parish:
    • Parishes may have collection boxes that are able to receive such envelopes.
    • There is a second collection on the third Sunday of each month for contributions to the Catholic Foundation.
  • At Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954, there are Catholic Foundation collection boxes at:
    • Level 1 – Crossings Café
    • Level 2 – Cana
    • Level 4 – CTIS Library
    • Level 5 – Catholic Foundation.
Yes, you can make monthly contributions by credit/debit card.

Simply click on “Monthly Gift” when you visit http://gift.catholicfoundation.sg/give/, or indicate in the GIFT envelope if you would like your contribution by credit/debit card to be regular.

See Question 30 for more details.

Contributions by credit/debit card online are made immediately.

Contributions by credit/debit card through the Catholic Foundation’s appeal envelopes will take typically up to 10 working days from the moment we receive the envelope for processing.

Monthly deductions will be made from your credit/debit card within one to three days of the anniversary of your pledge each month.

For instance, if you signed up to be a regular contributor via credit/debit card and your first transaction was successfully charged on the 10th of the month, the next deduction will be made between the 10th to 13th of the next month.

An exception to this will occur if your first transaction was successfully charged between the 29th to 31st of the month. In this case, monthly transactions will charged to your card on the last day of each subsequent month.

You can change your credit/debit card by communicating with us about your regular contributions through your GIFT portal at login.catholicfoundation.sg. A login username and password should have been supplied to you via email after your first successful contribution. Alternatively, you can write in to cf@catholic.org.sg, or call us at 6338-0348 with your personal particulars to request for a change.

You can stop by communicating with us about your regular contributions through your GIFT portal at login.catholicfoundation.sg. A login username and password should have been supplied to you via email after your first successful contribution. Alternatively, you can write in to cf@catholic.org.sg, or call us at 6338-0348 to request for a stop.

Should we be unable to charge your credit or debit card as instructed by you, we will get in touch with you.

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G. CONTRIBUTIONS BY GIRO


There are two ways you may obtain a GIRO application form to send to the Catholic Foundation:

  • Fill up and download a GIRO application form online at catholicfoundation.sg/give.
    • After filling in your details, a pre-filled form will be generated for you to download and print.
    • Please sign your pre-filled GIRO application form and post the original form to us at the address below.

OR

  • Obtain a GIRO application form through GIFT appeal booklets or envelopes.
    • Fill in all required fields in the form, sign it, and mail the original completed form to us at the address below.

CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
55 Waterloo Street
#05-02, Catholic Centre
Singapore 187954.

You may cancel and make amendments, but do ensure that you countersign any changes made. Do not use correction fluid on the form as it will be rejected by the bank.

Your GIRO contribution will typically take up to 21 working days to be activated.

A monthly deduction will be made from your bank account on the 1st of each month. The amount deducted will be reflected in your bank statement under “Catholic Foundation”. Please note that if the 1st falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deduction will be made on the next working day.

Yes. You will receive a consolidated receipt at the end of the year for your contributions via GIRO.

A second deduction will be made on the 10th of the month. Please note that some banks charge a service fee for unsuccessful GIRO deduction due to insufficient funds.

You can stop by communicating with us about your regular contributions through your GIFT portal at login.catholicfoundation.sg. A login username and password should have been supplied to you via email after your first successful contribution. Alternatively, you can write in to cf@catholic.org.sg, or call us at 6338-0348 to request for a stop.

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H. CONTRIBUTIONS BY OTHER MEANS (IN-KIND, LEGACY, MEMORIAL)


Yes, the Catholic Foundation accepts gifts in kind such as shares and other valuable assets. Kindly contact us at 6338-0348 or email cf@catholic.org.sg for more information on the types of gifts in kind that can be accepted.

Yes, the Catholic Foundation accepts gifts in kind such as houses and valuable assets. Kindly contact us at 6338-0348 or email cf@catholic.org.sg for more information on the types of gifts in kind that can be accepted.

Memorial gifts in the form of bereavement contributions can be made to the Catholic Foundation as a parting gift in memory of a loved one who has passed on. If you would like to leave a memorial gift to the Catholic Foundation, kindly call us at 6338-0348 or email us at cf@catholicfoundation.sg.

Planned giving enables you to continue your support of the works of the Catholic Church even after death. By working with your lawyers to make special provisions in your will, bequests to the Catholic Foundation can be made for your legacy to be left for the Catholic Church in Singapore. See Question 48 for instructions how you can do so.

Below are some methods you can use to leave your legacy through the Catholic Foundation:

  • Bequest in Will
  • CPF Beneficiary
  • Life Insurance

The following are some guidelines on how you can go about making the arrangements for the various forms of legacy:

If you are bequeathing through a written will, please include the following:

“I, (Name) ________________________ of NRIC number ________________________ give and bequeath to the Catholic Foundation Limited (UEN: 201231391K) for the general purposes and objectives of the Catholic Foundation, the sum of ________________________ or description of property ________________________ .”

If you are nominating the Catholic Foundation Limited as a beneficiary of your Central Provident Fund (CPF), or designating the Catholic Foundation as a beneficiary in your insurance policies, the information to provide is:

Catholic Foundation Limited (UEN: 201231391K)
55 Waterloo Street, #05-02 Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954
Tel: 6338-0348 Email: cf@catholic.org.sg

Alternatively, if you would like to have a private discussion about leaving a legacy to the Catholic Foundation, kindly contact us at 6338-0348 or email us at cf@catholic.org.sg.

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I. THE GIFT CAMPAIGN


GIFT is a campaign by the Catholic Foundation that encourages Catholics to contribute directly to the archdiocese on a regular basis to make up for a projected shortfall of $238 million for the operating and building needs of the Church over the next seven years.

GIFT will be instrumental in the 10-year pastoral vision of the archdiocese to be a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church. In the last three years, much has been done in the development and progress of the archdiocese’s vision. However much more prayer, action and financial support are needed for the remaining years of the archdiocese’s vision.

GIFT is thus a rallying call to all Catholics to be part of this journey to build the Church of Tomorrow.

Find out more of GIFT here.

For many years, the Church has relied on the weekend collections to run, and it has operated on a barebones basis. The Church has been finding it increasingly difficult to operate even at maintenance level with the weekend takings, and particularly as she seeks to renew and grow. In fact, the Church has started to dip into its limited reserves. This is not sustainable in the long run.

In response to Pope Francis’ call for the New Evangelisation, a pastoral vision was introduced in the archdiocese which requires increased expenditure for the organisations and buildings of the Church in Singapore. With these expanding needs of the archdiocese, the Church is projected to be short of $238 million over the next seven years.

Find out more here.

The GIFT campaign has two broad objectives.

First, it seeks to raise $238 million over the next seven years to meet the operating and building needs of the Catholic Church in Singapore. For a breakdown of the $238 million, click here.

Second, it seeks to educate and change the mindsets of Catholics toward Christian giving in several ways:

  • It is an obligation of every Catholic to support the maintenance and growth of the Church. The Fifth Precept of the Catholic Church states that every Catholic needs to provide for the “material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability” (CCC 2043). (See Question 15 on the spirituality of giving).
  • The weekly contributions to the parish at the end of Mass each weekend are insufficient to provide for the needs of the archdiocese. Only a fraction of the amount collected in parishes goes to the archdiocese, and this has proven insufficient in recent years for the financial needs of the archdiocese. (See Questions 9 and 10 on what happens to your weekend collections).

Catholics should give directly to support the operating and building needs of the archdiocese, in addition to their weekend contributions to the parishes. The Catholic Foundation provides a means for Catholics to give directly to the archdiocese.

  • Catholics should give regularly so that the Church may have a reliable, sustainable and constant flow of resources to be able to carry out God’s work in Singapore.

The Old Testament practice of tithing, where the faithful gave 10% of their livestock or the produce of their land to God, is not practiced in the Catholic Church today. Tithing, though, remains widely practised among some protestant churches.

The Catholic Church’s position is that God does not demand a fixed amount or percentage from us; He wants us to give from the heart. If we give freely and cheerfully the amount we are able, that is a gift.

As St Paul said, “So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift, so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:5-8).

Although tithing is no longer practiced, the spirit of tithing should continue where every Catholic plays a part in collaborating with the mission of the Church by providing the resources needed for God’s work to be done on earth.

As St Paul said: “Each of you should set aside whatever he can afford.” (1 Cor 16:2).

We suggest that each person should contribute according to his or her ability and circumstances. Each of us need to have sufficient resources to provide for our families and fulfil our other commitments including other contributions to the Church and charities. At the same time, we each should give what we can afford.

The Church is grateful for whatever you can give. From the many examples in the Gospel, such as the poor widow who gave two small coins (Mark 12:41-44), it is clear that the amount we give is not as important as the spirit with which we give. “For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have.” (2 Cor 8:12)

See Questions 26 and 27 for more details.

Please see Question 23 for more information.

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J. VOLUNTEERING

The Catholic Foundation relies heavily on volunteers mainly for the processing of contributions to the Church, and for the organising and support of fundraising activities for the archdiocese.

 

Anyone with a willing heart would be a great help to us. But the nature of the Foundation’s work also makes it easier to help if you are someone with experience in fundraising, event coordination, accounting, handling donations, administration, data entry and other such skills.

 

However we also believe that anyone God sends our way, with any skills or talents you may have, will be a valuable partner in our mission to raise funds for the Church. You can indicate your talents in our volunteer application form, and we will work with you if there are other areas we require assistance. Some of the other areas include photography, writing, graphic design, and so on.

Find out more here.

The Catholic Foundation mainly requires volunteers to help us with the processing of contributions to the archdiocese, or assist us in the conduct of fundraising activities.

Processing of contributions involves tasks such as counting, data entry and many others. Because the Catholic Foundation is raising funds on an archdiocesan level, we are anticipating a need for daily processing and thus require a large number of volunteers who are able to commit preferably half a day, for once a week.

We sometimes invite volunteers for an introduction session to learn more about what is required of them, before we conduct any training.

The Catholic Foundation also depends on volunteers for many fundraising activities. For instance, the Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) Campaign was launched on 27 November 2016. Subsequent to that, we will be organising roadshows at every parish in the archdiocese to raise further awareness of the needs of the archdiocese and encourage more Catholics to participate. As such, we need a significant number of volunteers to partner us in promoting a deeper spirit of Christian giving in every parish.

Find out more here.

Yes, we welcome any willing hands to work with us in supporting our Church. We appreciate whatever time you can give. You can indicate in our volunteer registration form how much time you can spare and the days you are available, and we will try to accommodate you.

Download our volunteer registration form here.

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