The Endowment Foundation of the Archdiocese of Detroit publishes The Disciple's Legacy, a newsletter devoted to Christian stewardship, estate planning, and charitable giving. You will find the current issue here.
You may also visit the website of the Archdiocese of Detroit at http://www.AOD.org/plannedgiving.
Members of the parish are asked to regularly support the life and ministry of Sacred Heart Parish. Each family or household is asked to contribute to the operating expenses of the parish by means of the Sunday offering, according to the principles of good stewardship. Good stewardship recognizes that everything we have—our lives, faith, loved ones, material possessions, and more—come to us from a loving God; one of our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus Christ is to return a portion of what we have received back to God. In addition to ongoing operating expenses, special needs in our community or beyond, particular initiatives of the Archdiocese of Detroit, or specific projects within the parish are presented to the parish community for their prayerful consideration and financial support.
Sunday Offering Envelopes provide a means for parishioners to financially provide for parish operating expenses and our many parish ministries and programs. Packets of contribution envelopes are mailed every two months to all registered households. The weekend offertory is usually reported the following weekend in the Guardian, along with the budget assumption for reference. Many people use envelopes each week and find that the act of making the offering—dropping their envelope with its support for their parish community in the basket—is an important part of their worship and discipleship. Others prefer to use their envelopes bi-weekly, or monthly, to coordinate bookkeeping with income and expenditures. However members and friends of the parish may offer their support, the symbolism of the collection—our offering back to God a portion of what we have received—remains strong and important. Some choose to use empty offertory envelopes to signify participation when donations are handled otherwise.
Children's envelopes are not provided by the parish, but are very welcome from families who choose to use them and are a simple means to pass along principles and habits of good stewardship. Children are encouraged to make or decorate their own envelopes. These envelopes might have space to note time, talent and/or treasure offerings, and include a picture or description of their offering, or a small amount of money which they have earned. Funds received from children's offerings are specifically used to feed the poor in our community.
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul has collection boxes in the church at all times. Sacred Heart has a very active St. Vincent de Paul chapter meeting the needs of the poor in our local community.
Seasonal Projects highlight opportunities to contribute time, talent and treasure in many areas. Information is published regularly in the Guardian and announced at weekend Masses.