It is a convenient, safe, reliable, paperless, electronic way to make your donation directly from your checking account or credit card.
An automated giver is you, a parishioner, who through prayer and reflection chooses an automated way to exercise good financial stewardship by having your regular weekly offering electronically delivered to the parish.
There is no longer a need to locate checkbooks, remember weekly envelopes, or mail in funds. Easily give directly on the parish website, or set up a recurring donor account to give automatically and never miss an envelope again.
What are the benefits of online donations?
- Convenient – Give anytime from any device with an internet connection, and even choose to set up an automatic recurring gift account for regular tithing.
- Easy – Never be directed to a separate site or submit multiple forms.
- Effective – Electronic communication confirms all gifts, and recurring gift accounts keep donation records. No more guessing if your gift was received, or misplacing envelopes of checks or cash.
- Efficient – Electronic reporting tracks all gift transactions and saves hours of bookkeeping. There is less chance of human error, miscounting, or misplacing donations. Gifts are quickly deposited for parish use.
- Secure – Parish staff never collect or store financial information of parishioners. Fewer amounts of cash are on hand at Masses and in the parish office.
- Dynamic – Increases ways to promote and receive gifts for needs beyond regular office hours and geographical borders.
How do I make contributions?
Visit [https://www..org/online-giving] for online donations. Complete the short form on the parish website. You’ll need a current email address and checking account or credit card number. If you choose to make a recurring gift, you will be directed to create a donor account you can use to schedule and track automatic giving and to simplify future donations.
When are my gifts automatically taken from my account?
One-time gifts are immediately processed and the transaction should show on your bank/credit card statement within a few days. If you choose to make a recurring gift, your first donation will process on the date you select. Then, you can log into your account and monitor your recurring donations or make changes to your recurring donation at any time.
Do I receive confirmation or record of my giving?
In order to make an online donation, you must provide a current email address. After submitting your gift, you will receive an email confirmation to the address provided. If you select to give a recurring gift, you will receive notification about your recurring gifts as they are processed. You can also log into your account and view all giving activities.
What if my bank account or credit card information changes?
Upon submitting a one-time gift, all information provided will be verified in order for the gift to process. If a donor has a recurring gift, they will be able to log into their online donor account to make any necessary changes or updates to their banking account, credit card, and contact information. Donor accounts also allow donors to update any details to their gifts including pausing or canceling a scheduled gift.
Is it safe? Are there risks?
The online donations and payments system meets the same security standards as online banking. Plus, your online gifts cannot be lost or stolen. So as long as you are using a secure internet connection, online gifts can have fewer risks than carrying cash and checks. And there is instant tracking and recording of all transactions.
What if I try an online donor account but do not wish to continue using it?
Recurring gift accounts can be set up or canceled at any time. In addition, an individual recurring gift can be paused or canceled completely.
How do I sign up for an online donor account?
Accounts are created by selecting Sign In and then selecting Register For An Account or by selecting Make This Gift Recurring and then selecting Register For An Account. Once an account is created you can sign in to make future donations. Most of the information needed for the donation will be filled in from you saved account information to save you time.
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Our Community Involvement
St. Jude is committed to being a good shepherd in the community. There are several charities that we support through the donations of our church members. A list of these supported organizations and their mission follows:
Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry
The Food Pantry operates year-round on Monday and Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm. They help meet the food needs of families in the Jackson County area that fall below the poverty line. The Pantry is staffed by volunteers from 11 area churches. St Jude volunteers to distribute food boxes during February.
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Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers
The mission is to provide free medical care for acute and chronic illnesses to the uninsured and low-income individuals who live and work in our community of Jackson and Macon Counties. The clinic also offers diabetic management, education, and a behavioral health specialist to the patients. It has been operational since 2005.
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Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center
This pro-life non-profit organization provides free & confidential services to those individuals (moms & dads) who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant.
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Is a community-based organization raising funds and awareness for select charitable organizations serving the Cashiers and southern Jackson County area. Funds raised are distributed to each of these non-profit groups. It has been operational since 2008.
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Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic
This clinic operates with the donated services of 14 dentists and serves over 700 patients annually. The clinic delivers high-quality dental care to people in the Western North Carolina area who cannot otherwise afford these critically needed services. They are the only non-profit provider of truly free comprehensive dental care in Western North Carolina and in all of North Carolina.
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St. Jude Children’s Christmas Outreach
A City on a Hill coalition of eight local churches attempt each year to ensure, that, through the Christmas Angel Tree Project that no child in our community goes without a Christmas present. You can help through your donations at our annual 2nd collection at the beginning of October each year. You can even be a part of the volunteer group of shoppers. As a shopper, you will purchase the items for the child and St Jude Catholic Church, through the “City on the Hill” coalition, will distribute the presents to the child’s family at the Village Green in December.