Want to save time, simplify your life and support our parish?
St. Alphonsus is offering our parishioners Electronic Giving — an automated program that enables you to make contributions without having to lift a pen to write a check or reach into your wallet for cash!
Here is how it works:
You authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly to the parish account from your checking, savings or credit card account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer.
It is fast, safe and easy! The electronic transfer will cost you NOTHING and you save the cost of the check. Your bank / credit card statements will provide you with a record of transfers as additional proof of your contributions. Donations via electronic transfer can be made to our general fund, Parish Share and various other second collections.
Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Giving
Q. What is electronic giving?
A. Electronic giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings or credit card account.
Q. What are the advantages of electronic giving?
A. It makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments, even when you can’t attend church. You never have to bring cash or checks to church. Giving electronically also helps our church save money and improve our budget!
Q. How are my contributions automatically deducted?
A. First you must authorize the deduction. This may be done in one of two ways:
- Complete and sign an Electronic Giving Authorization Form and return it to the parish office, or
- Complete the authorization form found on our secure web page Powered By e.service®.
Once the authorization is made, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account or credit card to the church’s bank account.
Q. When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
A. Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date you specify on the authorization form that you complete.
Q. If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
A. Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are recorded for you on your bank or credit card statement.
Q. Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
A. Your bank or credit card statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transactions. It is your proof of contributing.
Q. What if I change bank accounts or my credit card expires?
A. Notify the church and we will give you a new authorization form to complete.
Q. Is electronic giving risky?
A. It’s less risky than writing checks or bringing cash to church. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed and have an extremely high rate of accuracy.
Q. How much does electronic giving cost?
A. It costs you nothing!
Q. What if I try electronic giving and don’t like it?
A. You can cancel your authorization by notifying the church at any time. But we believe that once you start enjoying the convenience and savings of this new program, you won’t want to go back to the “old-fashioned” way of contributing!