Being Charitable

Giving Time

Spend quality time with your family and friends. Do something social.

Talk to your friends and family members who are in a tough spot or have distanced themselves.

Call the person you don’t want to call.

Visit a retirement home. Talk to those who are lonely.

Visit a prison.

Find a mentoring program and mentor a young person.

Always be on the lookout for people who need someone to talk to them. They are everywhere. Talk to those people.

Pray with people. Especially family.

Giving Talent

Actually try at your job. Work hard. Don’t cut corners. Do the small things right.

Volunteer at your parish to lead a Bible study or a youth group or a parish breakfast or a cleaning group.

Write a kind letter, anonymous or not, and send it to someone who could use encouragement.

Take what you’re good at (writing, speaking, artwork, etc…) and use it to point to God.

If your job is applicable, offer your professional services to friends and family free of charge or at a discount.

Giving Treasure

Host a party. Invite friends over. Feed them something good like steak and wine.

Anonymously give some cash to a friend or family member who could use it.

Buy someone an anonymous gift.

Buy food and distribute it to the homeless. Don’t go alone, but don’t ignore this option. Remember the rich man and Lazarus.

Give to your parish each Sunday. Stretch yourself.

Give to an official charity like Catholic Charities or Cross Catholic Outreach.

Donate to a truly Catholic university like Ave Maria University or Franciscan University.