August 14, 2016 $20,478 $777,991
August 15, 2015 $20,507 $755,768
FROM THE PASTOR: "How do you express your love for God? Some of the ways of expressing love are by giving and by serving joyfully!"
Online Giving is easy for you and it helps us. When travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from coming to Mass, Online Giving allows your weekly offering to continue on an uninterrupted basis.
Benefits to you as a Parishioner:
No more check writing, no cost to participate, confidential and secure, app for
smartphones, easy updates and changes, weekly/monthly/quarterly and one-time
donations, accomdoates special collections, printable reports for tax purposes.
Benefits to our Parish:
Creates a more consistant cash flow so the Parish can more accurately budget for
expenses, safely secures transactions with no need to share personal info with staff,
reduces administrative costs, simplifies adding, changing or discontinuing
donations, increases recurring gifts, reduces liability.
Offertory envelopes are available for our Parishioners. They are dated and preprinted with your name, address, and Parishioner #. Contributions can be put in the collection basket at weekend Masses or mailed to the Praish Office.
When making stock donations (transfers) to St. Mary Parish, please advise our Parish Accountant ahead of time to ensure proper and timely handling of the transaction. She will provide you with information needed to perform the transfer.
You can designate your IRA distribution or a portion of it to St. Mary Parish. PATH Act of 2015 makes permanent the ability for taxpayers who are 70.5 yrs or older to exclude from income (up to $100,000) distributions made from a traditional IRA that are made payable to a qualified charity. Please contact the Parish Office to expect distribution.
Many companies allow their employees to make donations to charitable organizations through payroll deductions, and some will match the gift dollar for dollar. Ask your employer's human resources, matching gift or payroll department if there is a matching gift program. St. Mary Parish is an approved tax-exempt organization by the I.R.S. under section 501(c)3.
Wills and Bequests
Once you have taken care of your family, please consider a bequest to St. Mary Parish. The best wording to use is "St. Mary's Corporation, Ridgefield, Connecticut". If you decide to name St. Mary Parish in your will, please notify our Pastor so we can thank you. It is a good idea to consult an attorney before writing your will.
Tribute Gifts ("In Memory of" and "In Honor of")
Tribute and memorial donations provide a unique opportunity to remember family and friends. When you make your gift, we will send a notification of your thoughtfulness to whomever you designate. Please contact the Parish Accountant for more information.
As always, please consult your tax advisor or financial planner prior to making financial decisions.