"Tithing" was an Old Testament obligation that was incumbent on the Jews under the Law of Moses. Christians are not obliged to tithe ten percent of their incomes, but we are obligated to help the Church. To help us understand how we should give to the church, we can look to 1 Corinthians 16:2, "On the first day of the week [Sunday] each of you should set aside whatever he can afford," and in 2 Corinthians 9:5-8:

"So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift [donation], so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work."

In essence, God does not demand a fixed amount of money from us. He asks that we give from the heart, freely and cheerfully an amount you are able. Your gift at Mass and sacramental celebrations is greatly appreciated.

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