Giving

 

Although the Church teaches that offering some form of material support to the Church is obligatory for all Catholic adults who are able to do so, it doesn’t specify what percent of one’s income should be given. Remember, tithing was an Old Testament obligation that was incumbent on the Jews under the Law of Moses. Christians are dispensed from the obligation of tithing ten percent of their incomes, but not from the obligation to help the Church.

The key to understanding how God wants us to give to the Church is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week [Sunday] each of you should set aside whatever he can afford,” and in 2 Corinthians 9:5-8, So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift [donation], so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.

God doesn’t demand a fixed amount of money from us; he wants us to give from the heart. If people are forced by their church to give a certain percent of their income, that’s extortion. If they give freely and cheerfully the amount they are able, that’s a gift. Choose your giving method! We are so grateful for your continued support. 

Giving back to God and our community in time, talent and treasure is an act of gratitude for the blessings we have received. Whatever you might be able to give to Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish, please be generous. Your contribution is a welcome investment with incredible returns. 


GIFTS OF CASH

Cash gifts are the easiest and often times the simplest way of making a gift. You may choose any of the following methods to make a gift today:

Check/cash

  Credit Card

  Electronic Fund Transfer   

   Online right now!


MATCHING GIFT

Many companies have Matching Gift programs which double, or even triple, tax deductible contributions made by their employees. Ask your personnel office for more information about your company's matching gift program.

 

   Check this list for your company.

Call Brigid Morrison Burbridge of Saint Cecilia Cathedral at 402-551-2313 ext 1107 if you have specific questions.

3 steps to set up a matching gift:

1. Find out if your company matches gifts to Saint Cecilia Cathedral.

2. Obtain a matching gift form from your HR office or your company's website.

3. Complete the form and send it to Saint Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N 40th Street, Omaha NE 68131. 


GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE

Naming Saint Cecilia Cathedral as owner and sole beneficiary may prove to be beneficial. 


LIFE ESTATE GIFTS

Donating your personal residence, vacation home, farm or business and reserving the right of residency and use for an agreed upon term, usually the balance of your lifetime, may prove to be an advantageous financial strategy.


GIFTS OF APPRECIATED PROPERTY

Gifts of appreciated property held for more than one year, such as real estate, common stock, mutual funds, bonds, IRAs or retirement plans, offer significant advantages to the donor. 


CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES

In exchange for your gift of cash, securities or other property, we will provide you and/or a named beneficiary an annual fixed annuity payment for life. Gift annuities offer immediate tax advantages, including partial avoidance of capital gains tax on the appreciation of donated property. 


CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUSTS

You may establish a significant gift in the form of a charitable remainder trust that can provide a substantial income to you during your lifetime and, if you choose, during the life of a named beneficiary. Upon the death of the final beneficiary, the trust is terminated and the remaining principal is given to Saint Cecilia Cathedral. 


CHARITABLE BEQUESTS

A bequest is a provision in the donor's will leaving a specific amount, percentage or remainder of assets to us. It is a simple matter to include a bequest to Saint Cecilia Cathedral directly in your will or in a codicil to your will. To expedite your good intentions, here is a recommended clause for making an outright unrestricted bequest to Saint Cecilia Cathedral:

"Saint Cecilia Cathedral of Omaha, a Nebraska entity, is to receive the sum of (indicate a specific amount or percentage). This bequest is unrestricted, and the pastor may use and expend the same for the benefit of Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha in any manner it deems appropriate."

This is an example. Always consult your attorney for specific legal advice. Should you wish to make a bequest that is restricted to a specific purpose, parish or ministry, please contact us for examples of appropriate wording. 


GIFTS OF STOCK

If you contribute long-term appreciated securities to Saint Cecilia Cathedral, you receive a two-fold income tax benefit: a charitable deduction for the full present fair market value and no tax on the value of the appreciation. The limit on deductibility in any tax year is 30% of your adjusted gross income; any excess is deductible over the next five years. If you wish to contribute securities on which you have a loss, consider selling them instead and donating the proceeds to Saint Cecilia Cathedral. You will then realize a tax deduction for the loss in addition to the charitable deduction. For legal and professional advice, please consult an attorney.


 

 

CONTACT US

Please e-mail to bburbridge@stceciliacathedral.org or call Brigid Morrison Burbridge at 402-551-2313 ext 1107 for more information. You can make a difference at Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish for generations to come.

All gifts to Saint Cecilia Cathedral are tax-deductible as defined by current laws and a donor's own financial circumstances.