We as a parish have been blessed by the Lord in so many ways. Finances are obviously very important to support our ministries, and we appreciate the generous stewardship we receive from parishioners as well as visitors to our parish.
As Catholic Christians and good stewards, we recognize that all we have - our time, our talents, our resources, even our very lives - are gifts from God. We are called to be good stewards of all these gifts, investing them wisely and generously for the sake of God's Kingdom.
Parish Giving Opportunities
Online Giving with WeShare
Online donations may be made at any time through WeShare from the comfort of your own home or any place with internet access. A secure and convenient way to contribute to St. Mary Cathedral.
Planned Giving Opportunities
Providing a gift to St. Mary Cathedral in your will or trust is a way to leave a legacy and give you peace of mind knowing that your support of St. Mary Cathedral will continue long after your lifetime. It can also have certain tax benefits for your estate and heirs.
Contact Nicholas Hemker to discuss your planned giving opportunities at [email protected] or by calling (989) 705-3569.
Planned giving to established endowment funds, through wills, trusts or other estate gifts, helps tremendously to ensure the continued vitality of our parish and school from one generation to the next. St. Mary Cathedral has six endowment funds that benefit and support the parish and school housed with the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation:
- St. Mary Cathedral Building and Grounds Endowment Fund
- St. Mary Cemeteries Endowment Fund
- St. Mary Cathedral School Endowment Fund
- St. Mary Cathedral School College Scholarship Fund
- Myler Family Fund for St. Mary Cathedral School
- Hannah Marie Fund
Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)
The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is an annual effort that funds the religious, educational and charitable programs of the Diocese of Gaylord. CSA is many campaigns in one as it enables Catholic parishes, agencies, and programs to continue their ministries here in northern lower Michigan and beyond. If you are interested in making a gift or pledge to St. Mary Cathedral CSA, please contact Nicholas at [email protected] or by calling (989) 705-3569.
St. Mary Cathedral School's largest fundraiser of the year. It provides a unique opportunity for the entire community to come together in support of Catholic school education in the Gaylord and surrounding area.
Lenten Fish Fry
Join us every Friday during Lent for a Fish Fry (options other than Fish also available). 4:00-7:00pm in the Parish Hall. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Cathedral School Athletics.
Tuition Angel Scholarship Fund
The Tuition Angel Program is an integral part of the St. Mary Cathedral School legacy. Through the generousity of parishioners, alumni, school families and friends, this program extends the opportunity of a Catholic school education to all families, regardless of income.
A weekly fundraiser to help support St. Mary Cathedral School and provides fellowship for the community. Every Monday in the parish hall (cards sold at 6pm, game starts at 6:45pm). If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering on one of our Bingo Teams, please call or stop by the parish office for additional information 989.732.5448.
Disciples are always needed! Bingo has openings on several teams. Teams rotate and volunteer ONCE every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office at 989.732.5448 if you are interested in helping!
Retirement Fund for Religious
Aging religious need our help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have offered their lives in service to others - educating the young, comforting the sick, seeking justice for the oppressed. Today, many are frail, elderly, and in need of assistance. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious supports basic necessities, such as prescription drugs and nursing care. A second collection is conducted throughout the Diocese of Gaylord during the second Sunday in December.
Annual Collection for the
Seminarian Education Fund
This is an annual collection in our parish and is an invitation to the faithful to actively participate in the Seminarian Education of our future priests. Both your prayers and financial support are needed and encouraged.