"God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).
In response to God's great love for us - which He has revealed in so many marvelous ways, but above all in the person of Jesus - all Catholics are called to support the mission of Christ's Church. Traditionally, the ways that Catholics do this is through the sacrificial giving of their time, talent, and treasure.
We, as the Watertown Catholic Community, cannot fulfill our God-given mission to preach the Gospel, teach the fullness of the Christian faith, and help the people of Watertown to grow in holiness without the support of all of our parishioners! We ask, then, that you please prayerfully consider the ways that God might be asking you to help support our community, which is composed of St. Bernard and St. Henry Catholic Churches and Watertown Catholic School.
Time: To be a good steward of our time means that we use the 168 hours that God gives us each week in a way that pleases Him. At the very least He asks that we give back to Him one of these hours each Sunday at Mass. But, additionally, all Christians should prayerfully consider in what other ways the Lord might be asking them to advance His kingdom through the sacrificial giving of time. And the ways are many: from teaching religious education classes to washing altar linens (and many other things in between)! For more information on some of the service opportunities that currently exist at St. Bernard's Church, St. Henry's Church, and Watertown Catholic School please see the respective links located on the menu bar on the righthand side of this page.
Talent: Each of us has many talents that God has given us for the purpose of serving the Church and the world. Please prayerfully consider the gifts that God has given you and the ways that you might use these gifts to support the life of our Catholic Community here in Watertown.
Treasure: Our money and financial resources are gifts from God that He asks us to generously use in His service, for the good of others. As Christians, we are called to practice tithing - the free giving of a portion of our income to the Church and to other charitable causes that honor God. Traditionally, Christians have tithed (at least) 10% of their treasure since this was the minimum in Old Testament times. Given the great spiritual riches that God has poured down upon His people in Jesus Christ and the sacraments, however, many Christians throughout the centuries have sought to be even more generous. Regardless of what you are able to prudently give, however, please know that your generosity is both needed and much appreciated! St. Bernard Catholic Church, St. Henry Catholic Church, and Watertown Catholic School could not continue to exist without your generosity! For more information about the ways that you can financially support our community please see the respective links located on the menu bar on the righthand side of this page.
Once again, thank you for your generous giving of the time, talent, and treasure that God has blessed you with! May He continue to help all of us be the "cheerful givers" that He calls us to be! And may He always be glorified by our lives and actions!