St. Francis once said, “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” Saint Miriam recognizes that the most ancient and sacred resources available to us is the gift of prayer. To honor your generosity, all gifts, no matter the amount, will be automatically enrolled in The Friends of St. Francis Honor Guild and your intentions will be perpetually prayed – from the depths of our hearts – by all society members.
The Finance Committee is responsible for employing staff at the parish; for managing the finances of the community; and for providing administration, budget oversight and creation, and holding of property on behalf of the parish. It acts in accordance with the policy and directives of the Parish Board of Directors who work in conjunction with the Pastor and Parish Treasurer of Saint Miriam.
The Parish Board of Directors provides information and advice on all operational and legal matters to clergy, the Parish Treasurer; and is responsible for keeping all matters legal and ethical and running efficiently and effectively.
Why We Give
Through Baptism we are all united and part of the Christian faith worldwide. The Parish Giving Initiative is a practical tool for enabling donors to support their church in the most effective way. The initiative supports parishes to both reduce administration and increase giving and ministry to the world.
Different Ways to Give
If you would like to setup a reccurring donation:
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If you would like to make a donation through Vanco, please click here.
Now TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam!
Text Giving allows you to give to Saint Miriam by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
Show Your Support Through the Bishop Fund
The Bishop’s Fund was established for, and is dedicated to, providing the financial support and tools for Ministries, Education, and Formation throughout the Diocese and to help spread the Gospel by reaching out to those in need with assistance and scholarship programs. The Fund uses 100% of its funds for its outreach and no administrative costs or salaries are taken. Parishes and other agencies will be able to apply for grants from the fund, which will awarded by the Bishop after consultation with the board of directors. You may make any size gift to the Bishop’s Fund. Your donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
The Offertory Custom at Saint Miriam
At Saint Miriam, we ask those who believe in us, and attend our services, to be highly committed financially so that our needs are met without having to pressure people, or make a multitude of emergency appeals. We’re all in this together and we believe God can do great things with people who are learning how to give. That is why we don’t have an offertory basket or a collection during mass. Your giving is between you and God. In Second Corinthians, we hear,
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” [2 Corinthians 9:6-8]
We have added a Giving Guide, or tithing chart, here to give you a guide to help us continue our good work. With your generous support, we will reach out to a broken world and build lasting life!
Our Transparency Policy
At Saint Miriam, all of our finances run by what we call a “Transparency Policy”; that is, every dollar given by anyone, or any expense, are open for review by our members. We also apply this concept to our standard offering/stipend structure for wedding ceremonies. All of our finances are secured by an off site contracted bookkeeper and audited by a Certified Public Account quarterly. All donations receive an end-of-year statement by Jan 30th of the following year. Any questions, please ask Contact Us. Thank you for your support.
Tax Status of Saint Miriam
Your financial gift may be exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.
Saint Miriam is a non-profit religious organization. Our federal tax identification number is 90-0338361. You should consult your financial planner or tax adviser to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering. We provide a receipt for all online gifts that can be used to claim a tax deduction. If you need a copy of the receipt or need a receipt for your annual giving please call 215-836-9800.