As much as possible opps sorry thats the parish accountant in me talking. :rolleyes:
This is what I have said at my parish. It is up to the individual and God. Never judge anyone. I know people who make 100K who have nothing in the bank and are majorly in debt. I also know some of our seniors who make 20K but are sitting on 500,000+ sitting in the bank and do not have any debt.
My question usually to people is how long have you been giving the same amount. For example 3, 5 10, 15 years.
Imagine what a decent wedding gift ($) was 10 years ago. This might not even cover the cost of the meal alone today.
Also money is not the complete picture. Stewardship is Time, talent and money.
For example, my parish saves about $2,000 a year from my accounting experience rather than using an outside accounting firm.
We have had painters, electricians, carpenters volunteer their talents helping to save money.
But even beyond saving money giving of time helps improve the parish family, for example there would be no parish cookouts and dinners without those willing to help out.
But going back to the money, one of the best things one could do to help the bottom line is help to fill the pews. Friends, family and neighbors that no longer go?
From my experience the financial problems in many parishes is due to attendance. 25% of register families.
Pray, Pray and Pray some more.