Why GIFT?


Prayer and action must always be profoundly unitedPope Francis

The Challenge

An Unsustainable Model

The Catholic Church works tirelessly for its spiritual mission to “unite all things in Him” (CCC 772). But to do this, the Church requires physical resources to live and work on earth.

The traditional funding model of dropping cash into collection bags is no longer sustainable to maintain the Church, let alone fuel its growth. Much more is needed to answer God’s call to be a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church.

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The Church is one body made of many parts. Thus, the funding for various aspects of the archdiocese is split into different pools of funds, each managed separately.

Donations to Catholic charities (Caritas Singapore, CHARIS and their affiliates) and to the religious congregations for instance, are collected and used solely for their particular purposes, and do not go towards funding other organisations in the archdiocese or the parishes. Traditionally, the 31 parishes and numerous archdiocesan organisations (apart from charities and affiliates of Caritas and CHARIS) are funded by weekly offertories and other collections made during Masses.

Until recently, only a fixed 15% share of parish collections are contributed to the archdiocese, the rest of which are kept for the respective parish’s own needs. Beginning 2016, the 15% fixed contribution was revised to a tiered system of between 4% and 28% depending on the income of each parish.

However, this contribution, even with the revised rates, is inadequate to meet the expanding needs of the archdiocese.


What’s Needed


Operational Needs

Resources are needed for the many offices, commissions, councils and other organisations in the archdiocese. They work as many parts of one body, seeking to bring the light of Christ to every aspect of society. Notable organisations include the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE), Office for Young People (OYP), and more.

Building Needs

On top of current operational costs, the archdiocese has several infrastructural projects, building maintenance and land lease renewals, each of which runs into the millions. Near term building projects include a residence for retired priests, a new seminary and formation centre, and an archdiocesan centre. In addition, sinking funds, which do not currently exist for almost all of the Church’s properties, are being set up.

Your Church Needs You

PRAY

Let us pray for a constant spiritual rejuvenation of our Church.

ACT

Let us actively use our God given talents and gifts to love others today.

GIVE

Let us pledge a monthly contribution to our archdiocese, so that our Church may always have what is necessary to do God’s work.



Why Give?

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).

To Catholics, the call to be more giving is in fact a loving encouragement for every individual to emulate Christ more concretely in daily life. “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich”, wrote St Paul to the Corinthians as he encouraged them to be more generous (2 Cor 8:8).

The Church challenges everyone to regard material wealth “not merely as exclusive” to oneself, but “common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well” (CCC 2404). To Catholics, all created things are gifts from God, given to be shared for the good of all. This attitude of generosity is encouraged in every aspect of life, including toward the Church, so that she may always have what is necessary to truly “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).

On one hand, it is a mistake to think that the Church relies solely on material things. Yet, on the other hand, absolutely integral to the Church’s mission is the necessary resources to support and extend her work.

By giving to the Church, Catholics can reflect more truly that they, “Though many, are one body” (1 Cor 12:12). Today, every Catholic in Singapore is challenged to consider pledging a regular contribution to the Church.

HELP BUILD THE CHURCH OF TOMORROW