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Stewardship of Time
Most people admit that it’s difficult to find a quiet moment to spend with God. Family and work responsibilities sometimes seem to take up every spare second. Unless we’re good stewards of our time, prayer just doesn’t happen.
To become a more prayerful person, take inventory of how you spend the 168 hours in the week to find which things may be less important than regular prayer.
Stewardship of Talent
Are you serving in a ministry at Saint Isabel Catholic Church? With hectic work schedules and family life, we all need time to relax and exercise — but we also need to rejuvenate ourselves through service. Reaching out in love to others, while sometimes difficult, is nonetheless spiritually enriching. In fact, it is a necessary part of our Catholic life.
Perhaps you could become an Usher, sing in the choir, or simply serve food at one of our Parish events. No matter how big or small your contribution, our parish just isn’t the same without you! The best part is, when we serve together, we not only form friendships with one another, but we also deepen our relationship with God Himself.
“ There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service, but the same Lord; there are different workings, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Stewardship of Treasure
Have you ever created a family budget? At the top of most people’s list of expenses are big items like the mortgage, car payments and tuition. Other expenses are food, credit card payments and entertainment. But how about the Church? Does St. Isabel Catholic Church have a place in your family’s budget? Throughout Scripture, we are taught to give to God our “first fruits” or the “choicest portion.” In modern speech, we might say that the first “line item” in the family budget should be returning a portion of our income to God. Both symbolically and in actuality, this is a powerful expression of God’s place in your life. “Where your treasure is, there also lies your heart” (Matthew 6:21).
Did you know that giving to St. Isabel can reduce your income taxes? And that some gifts save more tax than others?
Checking/Savings Account or Credit/Debit Card
A growing number of people no longer write checks for recurring bills and charitable donations. Many St. Isabel parishioners have scheduled automatic weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual donations from their checking, savings, debit card, rather than write a check each week.
It’s easier than you think just click the link below and set it up yourself:
Donate Now to St. Isabel
Please consider the following as you plan your giving to St. Isabel this year – and, of course, be sure to discuss it with your financial advisor.
Giving via Check, Cash, or online Banking
Our most popular donation method! Checks can be made payable to St. Isabel Catholic Church and returned in the weekend collection or mailed to the parish office.
DO YOU BANK ONLINE? To set up Saint Isabel Catholic Church as a recurring donation through online banking:
1. Set up Saint Isabel Catholic Church under “add a bill/payee”. You will be asked to include the following: a. CHURCH NAME AND ADDRESS: St. Isabel Church, 3559 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957. b. ACCOUNT NUMBER: Your envelope number. (If you are unsure of this number, do not have one, or have not registered in the Parish, contact the Parish Office.
2. Also include your envelope number and fund type (such as offertory, Easter, etc.) in the Memo Line.
3. If you are unsure of how to do any of the above, contact a representative at your bank.
4. REMEMBER...there are NO FEES involved with online banking!
Do you own appreciated stock?
Each year, St. Isabel receives stock gifts anywhere from $500 to over $10,000, from parishioners aware that these gifts typically save the most income taxes. Transferring stock is usually done electronically and is easy to do. Please contact the parish office for stock transfer instructions.
Do you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)?
If you only take IRA withdrawals because it’s required by law, you may want to consider donating the amount withdrawn, or a portion of it, to St. Isabel. Please contact us if you have questions or would like IRA transfer instructions.
Financial Accounts or Life Insurance
Did you know you can transfer almost any financial account – savings, checking, CD, brokerage or credit union accounts – to St. Isabel Parish without changing your will? You can also gift any fully paid life insurance policy directly to our parish and receive a tax deduction, or name St. Isabel as the death beneficiary, but keep the lifetime ownership rights.
Wills & Trusts
Those wishing to leave a legacy to St. Isabel in their will or trust are growing in number, and we are very grateful. If you have questions about leaving the parish in your will or trust, or would like more information, please let us know.
However you choose to support St. Isabel – Thank You!
Your contributions keep the lights on, enable parish ministries & extend our outreach into the community.
For more information, please contact the parish office at (239) 472-2763 or email: [email protected]
St. Isabel • 3559 Sanibel Captiva Road • Sanibel, FL 33957