Frequently Asked Questions

How will the parish goals be determined?
Parish goal calculations are based on 92% of the 2015 Total In Church giving (regular offering + holy days).

How much will my parish receive as part of this campaign?
As part of IGNITE: Our Faith, Our Mission Capital Campaign, $50 million will be returned to the parishes to help meet their local needs. 33% of all funds raised by an individual parish will stay at the parish for projects determined by parish leadership.

Is our parish goal an assessment?
No, the established parish goals are not an assessment. All parishes are asked to conduct a “Good Faith Effort” and work with their assigned campaign director to achieve their goal. If, after conducting a “Good Faith Effort” the parish does not meet its goal, the parish will not be assessed the balance.

When will parishes begin to receive their share?
Parishes will receive their share of the money quarterly throughout the redemption of the campaign.

How will the campaign affect our parish offertory?
Traditionally, offertory giving should remain consistent. Parish leadership and Counsel will make sure to communicate to parishioners to consider a greater sacrifice and commitment above and beyond their regular offertory giving, and should not lower their offertory giving to their parish in order to make a gift to this effort.

Are pledges legally binding?
Pledges are not legally binding. If the donor’s financial situation changes such that a pledge cannot be satisfied, simply communicate with the Development Office and inform them so they will not send further communications regarding the pledge.

Will any of these funds be used for items other than the established case elements?
No. The Archdiocese is obligated to restrict these funds for the stated elements. The funds raised for the campaign will be used exclusively for the named case elements and expenses.

Is there a certain order for case element funding?
The monies will immediately be split between the parish share and archdiocesan share. In terms of the archdiocesan share, the seminary portion of the case will be funded first.

How will my parish benefit from this campaign?
We are the people, parishes, and schools that make up the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and we should be committed to sustaining and growing the ministries and spirituality of the faithful both now and in the future. With this in mind, the intention is for every case element in this campaign to benefit all in our Archdiocese.

  • By returning one-third of the monies raised back to the parishes for their own needs, we hope that our local churches will be able to address projects that can make an immediate impact on parish life.
  • By providing funds to update and improve St. Mary’s Seminary, we will ensure that we are providing the best possible environment for the forming of our future priests and deacons. Having clean and modern facilities will help us remain an attractive option for local vocations, and also make us more competitive in attracting seminarians from outside of our Archdiocese. Improving the overall quality of our seminary will continue our mission of providing our parishes with leaders equipped to serve the spiritual needs of God’s people.
  • Many parishes are blessed with strong Faith Formation programs, while others lack the proper funding to fully minister to their people. This aspect of the campaign aims to strengthen existing Faith Formation programs and provide new leaders to parishes in need by making funds available for continuing education, certification, degrees, and also for shared leaders amongst parishes.
  • One of the best ways to help our Catholic Schools succeed in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is by helping to fill them with students. By nearly doubling the funding of the existing tuition assistance endowments, the campaign will provide greater opportunities for students throughout our Archdiocese to attend our Catholic schools.

Who handles the redemption of the pledges?
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will be responsible for the redemption of the pledges. The Development Office will track pledges and gifts, and handle the mailing of payment reminders over the 4-year pledge period.

Can I designate my gift to a specific case item?
Yes. Our hope is a donor would support the campaign as a whole, but if a donor wishes to specify a portion or all of their gift, he/she must clearly specify on the pledge card how the gift should be designated.

How much should I give to the campaign?
Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider a specific gift plan in accordance with their own means, circumstances and sacrificial levels. Pledges are payable in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments over a 4-year period.

Why are pledges encouraged, instead of one-time donations?
Pledges provide parishioners with the opportunity to make a more significant gift to the mission of the Church. A contribution is easier to pay off over a period of time rather than a one-time gift out of pocket. In addition, pledges allow the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and your local parish to better budget and plan for meeting the needs that will be addressed as a result of this campaign.

Are IRA rollover gifts an option for giving to this campaign?
If you are 70½ or older, the IRA rollover is a great way for you to make a gift to support the IGNITE Campaign. IRA rollover gifts can make a huge difference. These gifts will help sustain us in our important work to strengthen our community. For more information on making an IRA Rollover gift to the campaign, contact Michael Schillaci at 713-652-4418 or email mschillaci@archgh.org. The IRA rollover is now permanent, and its key provisions are:

  • The IRA rollover allows donors 70½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 directly from their IRA on an annual basis.
  • An IRA rollover gift is a tax-exempt distribution. Qualifying individuals can make charitable gifts using pre-tax IRA assets rather than taking a distribution, paying income taxes and using after-tax assets to make a charitable gift
  • An IRA rollover gift can be used to meet all or part of an IRA’s annual required minimum distribution.