An Estimate of Catholic Household Contributions to the Sunday Offertory Collection during 1991

Citation: 
Harris, Joseph C. An Estimate of Catholic Household Contributions to the Sunday Offertory Collection during 1991. Washington D.C.: Life Cycle Center of the Catholic University of America, 1992.
Abstract: 

Harris provides a profile of Catholic parishes and dioceses in the U.S., and addresses the difficulty of arriving at an accurate count of the Catholic population. The number of registered Catholics has been increasing since 1980, consistent with general population changes. The Catholic Church membership had fiscal resources in 1991 in excess of $746.7 billion. Approximately seventy percent of registered Catholic households made a recorded contribution to the parish and, in general, households used the Sunday envelope in a consistent fashion in all parish types and geographic areas. Participation rates and contribution totals were not greatly affected by the parish locale or size. On average, 13.2 percent of registered households gave 58.6 percent of the parish revenue. Stated another way, 62.5 percent of registered households contributed 9.3 percent of parish revenues. Harris estimates that the 1991 Sunday collection total for the Catholic Church, including cash, was $5.479 billion. The average annual household gift, including cash donors, was $301, with an average annual recorded gift to the parish of $21.04. (SM)

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