Introducing WeShare by Father Mike
I’d like every household in the parish to consider carefully what you’ll be hearing about online giving using WeShare over the next few weeks. WeShare is our new tool for electronic online giving and payments - Weekly Parish Offertory, Monthly Parish Building Fund and more. It’s simple to use, completely under your control, and a potential help to you and to the parish. Here’s how it works:
· You can visit the parish website, http://www.olvsvp.org/ , Click on the Online Giving button (St. Vincent de Paul Online Giving), and you will be taken to the WeShare page for our parish. You don’t have to make any commitment in order to see how it works. If you prefer you can go directly to the WeShare online giving website, https://svp.weshareonline.org/ .
· When on the WeShare page you can see all the different opportunities for giving; you are also giving the choice of how often you would like to give. (Weekly, monthly, semi-monthly, quarterly and annually). You can give onetime, or repeatedly, in any amount with just a few clicks; you can also pay Religious Education Registration Fees.
· You do not have to create an account first; simply click on the individual giving opportunity Make a Donation button and begin donation. An account will be created for you as part of the process. You will receive an email with a temporary password that will allow you to log in to the site at future dates.
· WeShare accepts all payment sources for donation. Available options include Checking/Savings Direct Withdrawal (our preferred method), Debit Card, and Credit Card. If you have been to the site previously and chosen to save a payment source, that source is a possible option instead of entering in a new one.
· You can always return to the site to change or stop a continuing contribution. The entire process is under your control, without having to contact the parish to make changes.
· WeShare a Giving History of your contributions. Select the Giving History button to view every donation for the entire year or for years past. *Note that this doesn’t replace the year – end tax statement issued by the church which includes donations made outside of the WeShare system.
Why do I ask you to at least examine WeShare and consider whether it’s right for you? First, because being a faithful disciple is hard enough, and things that can be made easy about discipleship should be easy. Stewardship and support of the parish are vital parts of disciple’s life, and sacrificial giving is difficult - but the process of giving doesn’t have to be harder than it needs to be. With WeShare you can be a good steward: plan what and when to give, make the commitment, and then not worry each week about finding an envelope or writing a check. If your income is irregular, you don’t have to commit to recurrent giving - you can give a portion of your income as you receive it. If you find it difficult to get to church each week you don’t have to mail your gift or remember to make it up - it’s taken care of automatically. So first, I encourage you to consider WeShare because it’s good for you as a disciple. It’s a useful and simple tool.
Second, I ask you to consider using WeShare because it’s a help to the parish. There’s a lot of labor involved in processing your contributions by cash or check- volunteers gather each Monday to open envelopes, total checks, and count cash; and then administration posts your gifts to your account for tax reporting. In addition, there’s the labor and natural resources involved in creating the boxed set of envelopes, the costs of mailing tuition - bills, and other such uses of our resources. WeShare makes almost all of that disappear, so that parish employees and volunteers can use their energies in more direct service to the parish, and your contributions can go directly to serving people. Plus, WeShare streamlines the support of our mission on our end, too.
You’ll be hearing more about WeShare in the coming weeks; please, look at the information and consider whether it can be a help to you in supporting the parish. If you’re the sort of person (as I am) who rarely handles cash or a check but prefers to manage your finances electronically whenever possible, look at the program right away; then you can be a help to other parishioners who can benefit from your experience.
So I invite you: Go to our parish website http://www.olvsvp.org/ and click the Online Giving button (St. Vincent de Paul Online Giving), - you don’t have to donate to take a look. Get familiar with what WeShare can do for you and for the parish.
Even if you choose not to use WeShare for your giving, it’s good to know it’s there as a service to you.