Holy Family Catholic Church
1525 South Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI  48601  989.755.8020
Giving
There are days when we all dread going to the mailbox or our inbox of our email account
because we know that we have received our usual monthly "blessing" so to speak, from
Consumers Energy, the insurance company, oh, and that bill from the unplanned doctor
visit too.  Then there are the times when we treat ourselves with a visit to our favorite
restaurant, splurge on the latest purse, or go to the casino for the second time in the
month.  

Our lives depend on our income to pay those bills, and our "faith home," Holy Family, is no
different. The monthly budget is based off the weekly envelope contributions that each of
us offers back to the Lord.  This money is used to pay our Consumers Energy bill, liability
insurance, Catholic schools assessment and even those unexpected repair bills that come
up.  We, your finance council, take great care to make sure the bills are paid on time, but
are experiencing serious concerns with not meeting our monthly income budget.  

Jesus' disciple Mark shared the following experience...

   








We truly appreciate the financial treasure you share with us, but ask that you evaluate
your ability to share.    Twenty years ago, $5.00 could buy a very nice lunch.  Today, we
are lucky to get that same lunch for $15.00!   Each of us has his/her own personal
reasons that determine what we share as our financial offering. Holy Family is very lucky
to have some extremely generous contributors, but there are some who sit among us that
withhold much more than what they could share.  That may be because that's what they
have always given, because of a dislike for the pastor, or because going to the casino is
more important to their future than Holy Family's.  

Keep in mind, if you are among those who can afford to share more but do not, those who
sit near you may be like the widow in Mark's message above and cause your neighbor to
bear your share of our financial shortage.  If you currently give just $5.00 a week, please
consider giving and additional $5.00 or $10.00; or if you currently give $10.00 a week,
maybe increase it to $20.00 a week.  Whatever you can do to help will be truly
appreciated.
" And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting
money into the offering box. Many   rich people put in large sums. And a
poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you,
this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the
offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of
her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” " (Mark
12:41-44)