Stewardship & Parish Finances
Being Responsible Stewards of God's Gifts
Stewardship as a way of life comes from seeing everything as a gift from God, changing the way we see things. This discipline is motivated by faith and a deep sense of gratitude, flowing from ones faith, to the sharing of his/her time, talent and treasure with the Church and other worthy causes. Parishioners share their gifts in a planned, proportionate, thankful, and sacrificial manner.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church assists parishioners on their journey towards stewardship as a way of life. Those who choose to put their trust in God and live their lives as Christian stewards live life to the fullest.
The offertory collections (taken up on Sundays) support all the operating expenses of the parish. These include the costs of all staff salaries and benefits, maintenance and utilities, liturgical expenses, and the Youth Formation Program.
In addition the parish has responsibilities to the Diocese of Corpus Christi in paying annual assessments (parish contributions toward the Diocesan budget) and contributions toward the Diocesan Priest Pension & Retirement Plans.
Our fiscal year begins every July 1 and ends on June 30, and the financial results for the new fiscal year budget and the previous actual fiscal year are presented to the parish in September of each year. The current annual fiscal report is available on this website.
St. John the Baptist offers to our parishioners Online Giving which allows parishioners to make gifts either quaterly, monthly, biweekly or weekly, directly from their checking account, debit cards, or credit cards and avoid the inconvenience of writing checks. Fixed monthly contributions can be designated for the Sunday Stewardship or donations toward other funds offered by the parish.
It is easy to sign up and pariticpate in, parishioners can click here to begin registration.
St. John the Baptist prepares two financial report (a mid year report and a final report at the end of the year)
Role of the Finance Council
Church Law (Canon Law) requires that each parish have a Finance Council. The main role of the Finance Council is to aid and advise the Pastor regarding the use of the parish financial resources.
For a Parish Finance Council to be effective, it must be kept informed by the Pastor and/or Finance Manager on all financial matters, be provided copies of all diocesan policies, and be familiar with the general condition of the parish property.
Responsibilities of the Finance Council
The Pastor represents the parish in all juridic affairs and is ultimately responsible for all legal, business, and administration matters of the parish. The Finance Council, appointed by the Pastor, is an advisory body to the pastor.
The functions of the Parish Finance Council include, but are not limited to the following:
- Application of Diocesan Finance Policies
- Annual Reports to the Office of the Bishop
- Financial Stability and Viability of the Parish
- Offertory Collection and Counting Procedures
- Accuracy of Parish Accounts
- Annual Budget and Financial Reports
- Capital Expenditure Requests to the Diocese for Approval
- Review and Audit of Bank and Other Financial Activity of Parish Organizations