There are many ways to give to the Church. The weekly offertory is the most common. We ask St. John's Parishioners to give prayerful consideration to fulfilling their weekly tithe by either using offertory envelopes, online giving, or Automatic Withdrawal (ACH).
How do I give?
Weekend services: simply place cash or checks in the offertory basket during the collection at any weekend service. Be sure your check or envelope contains your name, so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
Online Giving: Online giving allows for a specific dollar amount to be charged to a debit or credit card, with a small transaction fee subsidized by the Parish. You can setup online giving either as a one-time donation or a recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, it's also safe and secure. This option helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend service.
If you are new to online giving and would like to begin the process, please click the "Give Online" button on the right side of this page. Our provider offers a specific dollar amount to be charged to a debit or credit card, or ACH withdrawal via your checking or savings account.
Please enter your contact information and an email address when you get to the appropriate WeShare screen. By doing this, you will receive receipts via email and your payment information and history will be stored for your future viewing. The first time you enter your contact information, you will receive (via email) a temporary password which will expire within 24 hours for your security. Please complete your transaction and then immediately login again to complete your account setup.
For any future transactions, please login first - the login screen is located at the top right corner of the WeShare page.
The Parish will also process ACH (Automatic Withdrawal) if you would rather not set this up with our online giving provider. These are tithing payments that you initialize and authorize which are sent through the ACH (Automatic Clearing House) network, a free service to the Parish. The ACH method of payment helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend service. For recurring gifts from a checking or savings account, please sign up for ACH giving using the link below.
ACH is not only easy, it's also safe and secure. The program St. John's uses to facilitate ACH transactions provides a high level of security for storing transaction data. There are no fees for ACH as long as the process is initialized through the Parish. You may authorize payments in one of two ways: Once a month on the 1st Wednesday or twice a month around the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
If you are interested in enrolling in the St. John's ACH Tithing Program, please download the below printable form and return it to the Parish Office.
By Mail via Online Banking: Add St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as a payee through your online banking website. Our name and mailing address are listed below. If possible, please include your envelope number as your account number. Your envelope number can be obtained from the Parish Office or by signing into St. John's Administrative Secure Website (click here).
By Mail:Mail your donation to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at PO Box 510, Edmond, OK 73083. Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
Where do my donations to St. John's go?
General Operating Fund: Donations to St. John's support its General Operating Fund. This fund makes possible the day-to-day operation of the Parish and its various ministries and programs.
Special Funds: There are a variety of other funds (building, outreach, faith formation, the school, etc.) where donations can be designated. To designate your donation to a specific fund, simply indicate the name of the program on the memo line of your check or envelope.
Further, some Parishioners elect to make an additional one-time significant contribution at the end of the calendar year, which can also be reflected on their Parish contribution statement for that year's taxes.
With a little planning, your gifts can make a significant difference well beyond our lifetime.
A gift to the Church through an individual's will or estate plan can be a meaningful testament to one's faith, an inspiration to family and friends and a force for life-changing ministry in the world. A couple of common opportunities to consider:
1. Tithe your estate. Old traditions call for tithing for the weekly offertory at 10% of your weekly income. Making a 10% gift to the Church from your estate can do a lot of good.
2. Declare a dollar amount to be left to the Church.
Our Parish ministries and needs are ever-changing. We must direct our funds where the Parish needs are most pressing. Unrestricted gifts give your Church the discretion to utilize the funds as they deem appropriate.
You have every right to declare your gift to be used for a particular purpose such as education, adult enrichment, outreach, capital improvements, etc.
Other Ways to Donate
Target Credit Card: When families sign up for a Target credit card, they may designate a school (SEAS) to give a rebate to. Every time the card is used, Target keeps track of a percentage to give to the school. Once a year, Target will send SEAS a check as the cumulative rebate for everyone who designated our school.
Johnnie's:The fourth Monday of every month is designated for SEAS. When families dine at Johnnie's and mention SEAS, the school receives a small percentage of the proceeds.
Campbell's Labels: Families may clip the Campbell's label from various products and turn them into the school collection basket. Points are accumulated from the labels and the school can purchase educational items from the Campbell's catalog.
Uptown Grocery Receipts: Available only during certain times of the year. After making a purchase at Uptown Grocery, families can turn in their grocery receipts into the school collection basket. Points are accumulated from the receipts and the school can purchase items from the Uptown catalog.
Box Tops for Education: Families may clip the box tops from various food/paper packages and turn them into the school collection basket. Twice a year these box tops are bundled and submitted to Box Tops for Education. The institution will mail the school a check based on their box top collection.
Best Choice Labels: Families may clip the label from various Best Choice products and turn them into the school collection basket. Labels are submitted to Homeland and a check is sent to the school based on the accumulation.
Ink Jet Cartridges: Collection boxes are located in the library for families to deposit their empty inkjet cartridges. Cartridges are submitted once a year to the various entities and a check is sent to the school based on the accumulation.
Smile.Amazon: You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Smile.Amazon purchases to our school! Support our school by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. You get the same products and deals and can use your Amazon Prime account. Just set up your charitable organization as St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond, OK. Then every time you shop smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to our school. It's that easy. Happy Shopping!!
Hotel City Rates: You stay, Hotel City Rates Gives. Hotel City Rates donates 10% of the price of a hotel room you book with them. Support our school and parish by visiting the "New Member Signup" and reserving your hotel rooms at https://hotelcityrates.com/createnewaccount.aspx?u=religious. Please enter our organization's codes STJOHN. Once the code is authenticated, you will be able to complete your registration (a one-time process). Using the Hotel City Rate's software, member's book their hotel stay on any internet ready device.
Unless you request otherwise, each registered family of the parish receives a packet of offertory envelopes once a year. If you are not receiving envelopes via mail and you wish to do so, simply contact the Parish office and request offertory envelopes. If you contribute online and no longer wish to receive envelopes, please contact the Parish Office.
White Envelopes = General Offertory Collection.
Blue Envelopes/Building Fund = Helps cover expenses for renovations, upkeep, as well as new construction projects to support our Parish and School.
Yellow Envelopes/Children's Fund = Used to teach children the importance of tithing. Donations received in these envelopes go to the Building Fund.
White with Yellow Trim Envelopes/Poor Box = Supports the Samaritan House, our local Outreach program. The Samaritan House provides assistance to the homeless, hungry, jobless, and other persons in need.
White with Purple Trim Envelopes = Provides tuition assistance for our Parishioners who attend the local Catholic High Schools - Bishop McGuinness and Mount St. Mary.
White with Red Trim Envelopes = Provides tuition assistance to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School families.
Additional Envelopes = Special Collections as directed by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
All contribution checks, including those in special collection envelopes, need to be made payable to St. John's. Thank you for your generosity.