Tithing

Tithing is About Giving God The First Fruitsimages (41)

At St. Thomas the Apostle Church, the Sunday Offering and other monetary contributions to the Church are referred to as Tithing. The whole belief that underlies Tithing is that God is the Giver of every gift we have in life–our life itself, our faith in Him, our family and friends and loved ones, our health, our jobs, our personalities, the different gifts and talents that each one of us have–all of these are God’s gifts to us.

So naturally, we make a return to God for all the wonderful gifts He has given us. This return is called our “tithe.” A tithe is 10% of our income. The suggested guideline is 5% to your Parish, 1% to the Diocesan charities and appeals that take place during the course of the year, and 4% to other personal needs and charities that are close to your heart.

Tithing is a radical statement of our gratitude to God, an acknowledgement that our gifts are really His gifts to us, and our total dependence on Him. Tithing changes us. It is not simply a financial program, it is a spiritual program of total love of God.

Our Tithing Committee members are Tom Keating, Kathy Lombardozzi, Alicia McFarlin, Erin Zimmer, Ed Kinzel, Cathy Downey and Paul Miron. They assist with the researching and appropriation of these funds, inviting our parish family to enter into relationship with the people who need our help.

Church Tithing Report

GiveCentral online giving (PDF)

Care & Share 2015 – Thanks for all who contributed and helped the parish meet its goal.  Questions & General Answers

 

Below are some of the community organizations supported by parish tithing dollars. Each organization in a specific way assists the poor, vulnerable and marginalized in our community.

Family Support Network

Family Support Network seeks to provide intervention, support and assistance to children diagnosed with a mental illness and their families, as well as families and their children at risk for abuse or neglect. FSN recognizes the importance of parents in the lives of their children and seeks to help them access appropriate support and services and to educate them in appropriate, nurturing parenting techniques.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Christmas Program Volunteer; Child Care Volunteer; Donation Coordinator Volunteer.   Call 256-7783 or http://www.mtfamilysupport.org/volunteer/

Yellowstone Family Promise 

Yellowstone Family Promise: provides homeless families with “shelter,food and comprehensive support services.” YFP partners with local churches to serve between 15 and 30 families each year. Guest families spend the day at the Network’s Day Center, and spend nights at one of the Network’s partner churches. Partner congregations host families from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and provide a bedroom for each family, meals, child care assistance and supportive social interactions.

YFP also assists clients with health care needs; provides interview and work clothing; offers parenting, money management and emotional resiliency classes; and helps families with rental and utilities deposits, furniture, and the moving process. YFP continues to support families after they leave the Network.

Volunteer Opportunities: St Thomas is a partner congregation.  Please call Helen Laferriere 679-0573 or Connie Kaiser 656-9443 to sign up!

Billings Food Bank

Billings Food Bank, Inc.: The Billings Food Bank seeks to play a leading role in alleviating hunger by providing quality food to people in need, addressing root causes of hunger, educating the community about hunger related issues, and serving as community advocates. The Billings Food Bank provides food and other essentials to individuals and to numerous local client programs at no cost, and offers a variety of special programs, including Kids Kitchen Courses, Nutrition Education, Culinary Arts Training and Senior Programs. The Billings Food Bank also acts as a referral agency by directing clients to other agencies that offer assistance. For more information or to see how you can volunteer visit: http://www.billingsfoodbank.com/

Community Crisis Center

Community Crisis Center: a licensed Montana Mental Health Center that provides “assessment, stabilization and referral services to adults in crisis.” The CCC serves as an entry point for community members in need of mental health, chemical dependency and/or social services. The CCC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is the first mental health facility in the state to receive a “crisis response” designation, which allows CCC staff to observe clients for up to 24 hours before making referrals for care.

The CCC operates under a “no wrong door” philosophy and anyone 18 years of age or older is welcome to receive services. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed: provides services to runaway, homeless and at risk youth and their families. Tumbleweed seeks to assist clients in a variety of ways: by offering guidance and services directed toward the prevention of homelessness and delinquency among youth, and by addressing severe family conflict and other social problems experienced by youth.

Tumbleweed programs include: the Runaway Homeless Youth Program, Street Outreach, Youth Support Groups, Parenting Classes and the Youth Opportunity Center. Tumbleweed serves youth between the ages of ten and 21, and all services are free of charge. For more information please visit the website http://www.tumbleweedprogram.org/

Angel Fund

ANGEL FUND: attempts to lend children in poverty a helping hand. The mission is to take care of the kids’ basic necessities so they can concentrate on learning, instead of being cold or hungry. We make sure they have the tools to succeed.” The program buys kids bus passes so they have transportation. They handle school fees for sports or special classes. Kids needing assistance with their G.E.D. test fees or the cost of summer or night school can also ask for help from the Angel Fund. The program has even helped with school supplies, clothing, and food.

The behind the scenes goal is to show these children some kindness and to show them that people do care. For some of them, they have never had that in their lives.

The HUB

The HUB: a drop-in center serving both the homeless and the at-risk of becoming homeless population by acting as a resource site for individuals in the community while promoting a motivational environment. We assist with information about housing, Food Stamps, SSI, SSDI, homeless shelters, health care providers and other community resources.

On a daily basis, The HUB staff provides crisis intervention and vocational opportunities while facilitating groups designed to empower individuals by expanding their social skills and increasing their ability to become more self-sufficient. Services available include one meal a day prepared and served by HUB clients, laundry facilities, mail and phone services, access to outerwear, sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks and hygiene products. The HUB serves an average of 130 men and women daily.

For information Contact the Mental Health Center http://www.mhcbillings.org

Catholic Relief Services

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

CRS mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world.

The fundamental motivating force in all activities of CRS is the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the alleviation of human suffering, the development of people and the fostering of charity and justice. CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency. Last year, more than 94 percent of revenues we spent went directly to programs that benefit the poor overseas.  More information: www.crs.org

Cross Catholic Outreach

Cross Catholic Outreach’s priority is to help “the poorest of the poor.” Their ministry began in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere Efforts have since grown to reach those suffering extreme poverty in other Caribbean countries as well as countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Cross locates needy church-based ministries serving the poor and distributes material aid through their existing programs. In this way, they supply meaningful help where it is needed most. In all work they remain dedicated in service to the Lord as good stewards of his resources in every challenge they seek to overcome.

The Vision Statement states, “we seek to reflect God’s love for us in the way we treat others – not only with words of encouragement, but through practical actions which comfort, sustain and uplift those in greatest need…In all things, we strive to glorify God, revealing His perfect grace to the world.”  More information: www.crosscatholic.org