As a "tithing parish," the Newman Center contributes five percent of the offertory each month to nonprofit organizations. Those organizations and percentage each one receives are chosen by the Newman tithing committee each fiscal year. See the last bulletin of each month for a published report of who and how much the parish tithed to in the previous month.
Regularly, I have the privilege of signing a series of checks that are directed to a variety of organizations that are the front lines of social ministry in Columbia. There are 13, and the amounts directed vary. The first time I had this joyful chore, I was surprised at the breadth of organizations that our community supports; surprised, proud and humbled.
As a practice, tithing is solidly grounded in our biblical foundations. Deuteronomy 14:22-29 states that one-tenth of all that comes into our possession belongs to God; and does so quite clearly. As a practice, our protestant cousins are considerably more compliant to those particular verses. But this community has embraced the practice with wonderful intentionality and commitment. It is long standing and generously supported. And for that I want to take this opportunity to say, "THANK YOU!"
- Fr. Rich Litzau, O.P.
Adult Day Connection
Operated by the University of Missouri, this day care facility offers congenial, supervised, appropriate activities and social interaction for elderly clients who may come for one or more days per week or month. It provides a respite for family caregivers of the participant, but also offers them support, observations of their loved one, and consultation on their efforts at home. Students in health-related professions serve as interns, learning by offering innovative, and fun stimulation. Tithing is specifically used for financial subsidies for clients who cannot afford the full cost of a day’s care, even when sparingly used.