There are many ways to contribute to the Cathedral and its many service ministries. Below we have listed the many ways individuals and groups have shared their resources with us.
Background:Your Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the Diocesan Church that serves a faithful community of parishioners and the greater community of the entire Diocese. Our mission is to Build a Welcoming Community with Service to thePoor while sending out a message of Love and exhibiting a life of Prayer.
Our costs for carrying out such a mission has historical annual costs as follows:
Maintain the complex of buildings with repairs, security, cleaning etc. $ 330,000 Liturgy and prayer costs of clergy, music, supplies $ 430,000 Direct cost of service to the poor-Cathedral Emergency Services and other Human Development programs $ 100,000 Catholic education $ 100,000
Indirect administrative costs $ 200,000 Total $1,160,000
Weekly costs $ 22,000
Ways to Contribute
Recent changes in the tax code (Sec. 170(f) (17)) make it mandatory that receipts be available for all cash contributions deducted on your tax return. Itemized deductions for contributions to the Cathedral will require a direct deposit from your bank or your parish envelope. We track all contributions through the envelopes and can provide a year-end written statement of those contributions.It is very important to start now by using direct deposit or envelopes if you plan on deducting any contributions of cash on your tax return.
The use of envelopes insures our parishioner's receive proper credit and a year-end statement of all monies contributed through the envelopes
Automatic Account Withdrawal
We have a number of parishioners who have opted for automatic transfer of their offering.This provides a simple method to offer support for the many ministries at the Cathedral on a regular basis. By filling out a simple form, a weekly or monthly dollar amount can be deducted from your checking account and forwarded directly to the Church account.Our envelopes provide a place for those givers to check a box and place the weekly envelope in the collection basket.This greatly facilitates our payment of operating expenses every week
Direct Gifts of cash can be mailed directly to the Cathedral at 259 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Gifts of stock can be mailed directly to the Cathedral or given through a registered stock broker.
Any gift can be designated to be restricted in its use by stipulating when and what the gift is used for.
Remember that the United Way drive will be inprocess at your workplace and we have an approved program that may receive your United Way dollars.Many of our loyal friends and parishioners have participated in this giving through the United Way. Cathedral Emergency Services center is eligible to have your contribution go directly to them.Just indicate this program on your pledge form with the address of 259 East Onondaga Street.We thank all of our kind donors.
Wills and Estate Planning
Many individuals remember the Cathedral in their wills. And many of these are restricted to various ministries or operations of the Cathedral. There are many ways to give from the estate through trusts, etc. A lawyer and tax professional may be needed to guide some through the complex laws in order to maximize their contribution and their estate funds. Your wishes are the most important factor to be concerned with. We prayer for all of our generous contributors.