The Catholic Church works tirelessly for its spiritual mission to “unite all things in Him” (CCC 772). But to do this, the Church requires physical resources to live and work on earth.
The Church is one body made of many parts. Thus, the funding for various needs of the archdiocese is split into different pools of funds, each managed separately.
Donations to Catholic charities (Caritas Singapore, CHARIS and their affiliates) and to the religious congregations, for instance, are collected and used solely for their particular purposes, and do not go towards funding other organisations in the archdiocese or the parishes.
Traditionally, the 32 parishes and numerous archdiocesan organisations (apart from charities and affiliates of Caritas and CHARIS) are funded by weekly offertories and other collections made during Masses.
Each parish would contribute a fixed 15% share of its collections to the archdiocese, the rest of which were kept for the parish’s own needs. Beginning 2016, the 15% fixed contribution was revised to a tiered system of between 4% and 28% depending on the income of each parish.
However, even with the revised rates, this contribution cannot meet the expanding needs of the archdiocese. Thus, GIFT supplements a funding model that has become insufficient for the Church in recent years.