I received my Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) materials and the donation envelope already. Can I make my donation and mail it from home, or do you want us to bring the envelope to church?
Certainly, you can mail the envelope from home directly to the Diocese. If you want to bring it to church and drop it into the offertory basket, our “APA Sunday” will be the weekend of February 25th/26th, so that would be a great weekend to do so.
Will there be APA envelopes in the back of the church in case I forget or lose mine?
Yes, there will be.
Can I bring my donation envelope to the parish in general?
Yes, you can. You can drop the sealed envelope into the Sunday offertory basket, drop it off in the Gift & Book Store, or at the front desk of the Parish Office. If you want to bring it to church and drop it into the offertory basket, our “APA Sunday” will be the weekend of February 25th/26th, so that would be a great weekend to do so.
What if I just drop a check in the offertory envelope?
If you mean, a “loose” check in the offertory basket or within one of your offertory envelopes, there is a chance we might overlook it. There will be APA envelopes in the back of the church. Please help us by putting the check in the envelope, and then place it in the offertory basket.
Do you have online giving for APA?
The Diocese has a great online giving system for APA, which is different than our parish online giving system. You can donate here.
You can use your existing account (for APA giving), create an account, or make a one-time donation without creating an account! Click here to Quick Give.
Are there other online giving places other than the Diocesan APA system?
This year we are also offering two additional ways to make one-time donations. You can use PayPal. There is no need to create an account. Just click and give here.
Or you can use your Credit Card at the back of the church after Mass on our parish iPads and Square readers. Just swipe, set the amount you would like to donate, and sign with your finger!
Does the donation have to be one-time or can I make a pledge? Do you prefer one instead of the other?
Using the Diocesan online giving system, you can make both one-time or pledged gifts. Pledges provide parishioners with the opportunity to make a more significant and planned gift to the mission of the Church as opposed to an on-the-spot gift. A contribution is easier to pay off over a period of time rather than immediately, out of pocket. It is important to note that pledges are not legally binding but rather a statement of what the parishioner intends to do. Each parishioner is asked to make a planned, prayerful, and sacrificial pledge to APA.
When will pledge redemption begin?
Parishioners who make pledges will receive their first reminder mailing within one month after their pledge is received. If possible, donors are asked to complete their pledges by December 31st (the end of the calendar year). Parishioners who choose electronic donation options (credit card, online giving) will not receive reminder statements.
What is the Annual Pastoral Appeal?
All of the parishes and missions in the Diocese of St. Petersburg contribute to fund the operating budget of our diocesan level ministries and services, which help our five counties. The Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) is an annual fundraiser, or appeal, to the parishioners of the diocese asking them to contribute directly to diocesan ministries and services. The ultimate goal for each parish and mission is to reach or exceed the assessment amount through APA. If the assessment is paid through direct donations from parishioners, more offertory money will remain at the parish to fund parish level ministry.
What if my parish goes over goal? Where does the excess go?
All funds collected over a parish’s goal will be placed into a savings account the parish can access for future assessment payments, or if a parish chooses, for a parish identified project. If accessed for a project, the funds become revenue to the parish and become part of future assessment calculations.
What happens if my parish does not meet its established goal?
If the goal is not met, the balance due is billed to parish.