By our baptism as Catholics, we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts to us - to use them in ways that build up our families, our parish, our community, and our world. When we give to our parish and to the greater Church, we are demonstrating to our children and to the world our values and what is important to us. The Offertory, or Collection, at Mass is an integral part of the Sunday liturgy, not just because it is the primary means by which the parish receives financial support from the parishioners, but because it is also an expression of our gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us.
- Weekly Offering: The weekly offering is to the parish what your paycheck is for your family. This is how the bills get paid: utility bills, insurance, salaries for clergy and staff, and all the other line items you see in the annual or quarterly financial reports. The weekly offering is the collection (the first one if there are two in any given week) taken up at Mass on Saturday or Sunday.
- Restoration & Maintenance Fund: Maintaining and improving a historic church, a mission church, and two schools is very expensive. Gifts to this fund support needed repairs and maintenance.
- Special Collection: As Catholics, we are part of a universal Church that extends beyond our own parish boundaries. National second collections combine our resources to support important causes that carry out the mission of the Church.
- In Memory Of - Honoring a Life by Helping Others: The tragedy of losing a loved one is difficult, but many families find comfort in honoring the life of those they have lost by requesting memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s of Annapolis. Through memorial contributions, family, friends, and acquaintances can express their condolences with the positive action of supporting programs and services helping our students, our parishioners and the overall benefit of St. Mary’s.