Loaves and Fishes

Stewardship

The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God. (Book of Common Prayer, page 856.)

Why should I give to the church?
It is out of God’s pure love that we have been given all that we have. And, it is in response to this love that we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts. These gifts are all that we hold including our financial resources, and also our talents and time.

Out of the abundance that God has given to us, we give to the church as an act of gratitude and faith. Giving is a way to offer, in addition to our gifts of time and talent, our financial blessings to further the work of Christ Church Cathedral.

Just as the gift of a young boy’s bread and fish to Jesus was central to the feeding of five thousand, so can our prayerfully-made gift to the church magnify and strengthen the Cathedral and its programs. Some examples of programs originating at the Cathedral are: Advent House, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, the Music Program, Christian Formation, various Community Outreach programs, and services to and for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.

Christ Church Cathedral is a non-profit religious organization. It can continue to exist only through donations of committed people like you. The Cathedral and its activities are funded through the contributions of those who believe in the Cathedral’s purpose, and the goals and programs that the Cathedral acts to sponsor and affirm. We are extremely grateful to our donors’ for their love and support!

How do I give to Christ Church Cathedral?
There are several safe, secure, and convenient ways to donate to Christ Church Cathedral and its various ministries.

Can I make non-cash contributions?
Many people find creative ways to make contributions to the Cathedral’s ministries through non-cash gifts. Here are a few options to consider:

Does Christ Church Cathedral have any special projects or special needs that go beyond what is received through normal annual giving?
Christ Church Cathedral receives donations typically through three types of support. The first and most recognized type of support is through annual stewardship pledges or other regular gifts. The funds from this type of giving go towards the day-to-day program and operations expenses of the Cathedral.

The second type of support the Cathedral receives is through capital giving. This support is extraordinary giving, for extraordinary purposes, such as capital improvements, extinguishing debt, starting up a new program, and so forth. Currently, there are no active capital campaigns.

A third and very important type of support that the Cathedral receives is through planned giving. This support is through estate planning, and is often attractive to donors that wish to make an impact on Christ Church Cathedral that lasts beyond their lives. The bulk of the Cathedral’s current Endowment is from planned gifts from donors just like you. Following Katrina, without those planned giving donations to the Endowment, it is quite possible that the Cathedral would have had insurmountable financial difficulties. Even in 2012, we still relied on endowment funds for 47 percent of our operating budget. If you would be interested in more information regarding making one of these very essential planned gifts to Christ Church Cathedral, please contact the Dean duPlantier at 504-895-6602.

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, page 259)