“Whether or not I am there…
…my church has ongoing commitments every week that need my offering. My church is important to me, and so is my financial commitment to its work. That is why I use the PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) system to fulfill my commitment.”
The Church of St Bartholomew is supported by the regular offerings of all parish members and by legacy gifts and bequests of past parishioners and donors. All donations are tax receiptable and the Parish of St Bartholomew is a CRA registered charity (number 10808 4658 RR 0020).
Charitable donations are well treated by the federal and provincial tax regulations. Essentially for any charitable donation over $250 annually you will receive back between 40-44% when you file your taxes. Giving $1000 will return at least $400 to you upon tax filing.
Parishioners are encouraged to enrol in the Pre-authorized Remittance program (PAR) to assure their regular pre-authorized financial support for the church through their bank account.
If you have automatic debits from your bank account to pay for insurance, cable TV taxes, fuel, or mortgage, then you understand the PAR principle. It means regular contributions throughout the year.
For many, PAR is a convenient way to make their church offerings a priority, and to honour their church commitment. When you sign up for PAR, you guarantee your monthly offering to your church.
Your account will be debited on or about the 20th of the month and your congregation’s account credited with the amount payable from all members who participate.
You should consider revising your PAR givings annually to reflect the needs of the church and changes in your ability to provide support.
Advantages to the contributor:
- Regular support of your church.
- Continual support of your home church and the Mission and Service Fund even when you are away.
- Avoidance of “catch-up” periods.
Advantages to the congregation:
- . Regular flow of contributions.
- Reduction of paper work and bookkeeping.
- Reduction in bank overdrafts, especially during the summer months.
For PAR authorization cards or to register for envelopes, please contact the church office at 613-745-7834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishioners may also choose to make their weekly financial support through the Envelope Program.
For more information about giving through PAR or in weekly envelopes, contact the Envelope Secretary.