As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
—1 Peter 4:10

Stewardship is a way of life, a life of accountability and responsibility, acknowledging God as Creator and Giver of all. Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. Stewardship is not just a program or a method of fundraising; it is a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of the time, talent, and treasure we have each received and acknowledging that from God we draw our being,

Ways You Can Give

Visit our online giving page to set up a simple, automatic one-time or recurring financial donations from your checking or savings account.  You can also download our giving application on your phone and enter our organizational ID # 1469. Click the annual giving card button to download a form for automatic withdrawal options. Please contact Leslie Holt (615-550-5118, with questions and ways to give.

Plan Your Giving

There are many benefits if you leave a bequest to Saint Matthew Church:

  • It doesn’t cost you anything today
  • A bequest is free of federal and estate tax.
  • You can leave a legacy through a bequest.


A bequest is a written statement in a donor’s will directing that specific assets, or a percentage of the estate, will be transferred to charity at the donor’s death. Giving through your will is the most popular way to make an estate gift and one of the most significant ways donors can benefit Saint Matthew Church. Through a provision in your written and executed will, you can make a gift in the form of cash, securities, real estate, or personal property.

Consider this sample language:

I add the following paragraph to Article ___________ of my Last Will:

(a) I give the following to Saint Matthew Catholic Church Franklin, Tennessee an unincorporated religious association. • The sum of $__________________ [amount] AND/OR • _________% [percent] of the residue of my estate AND/OR • The following described property: [description]

Retirement Plans and IRAs

This gifting opportunity merely involves obtaining a beneficiary designation form from the retirement plan administrator of a 401(k), 403(b) or traditional IRA and naming Saint Matthew Church as the entire or partial beneficiary of the retirement plan assets upon the owner’s death.

Life Insurance

Donors may give an existing policy, either fully paid or partially paid, or a new policy. Similar to a retirement plan designation, the proposed gift to Saint Matthew Church is accomplished by naming Saint Matthew Church as a beneficiary of the policy on the beneficiary designation form. Upon the donor’s death, Saint Matthew Church will receive all, or a portion of, the proceeds from the policy.

If you would like more information on how to make a Bequest or help in Planned Giving, please contact Bill Stewart or Leslie Holt in the Business Office.

Stock Donations

The church and school are able to accept donations of stock. For information on making stock donations, please contact Bill Stewart at (615) 550-5107 or Leslie Holt at (615) 550-5103.

Path of Remembrance Pavers

Bricks that are inscribed along our Path of Remembrance in the grotto. Inscriptions are up to 3 lines with 14 characters each (including spaces). Donation Amount: $80

If you are interested in any of the memorials below, please contact us at

Testament of Trees

Trees that are planted throughout the campus to add to the long-term beauty of the campus in memory of a friend or loved one. Donation Amount: $500 (includes purchase and planting of the tree and a memorial plaque)

Altar Flowers

Flowers that adorn the altar in the church during weekend Masses. Donation Amount: $300 (includes a bulletin notice)

Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias at Christmas that adorn our church at our Christmas Day Mass. Donation Amount: variable

Easter Flowers

Lilies at Easter that adorn our church at our Easter Day Mass. Donation Amount: variable

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Flowers for our Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Mass. Donation Amount: variable

Every Month
• Capital Needs

• Haiti Mission

• Solemnity of Mary

• Parish Charity

• Latin America

• Debt Reduction

• Parish Charity

• Ash Wednesday / Eastern Europe

• Black/Indian Mission

• School Tuition Assistance

• Easter Flower Memorials

• Catholic Relief Services

• Good Friday/Holy Land

• Easter

• Catholic Home Missions

• Debt Reduction

• Parish Charity

• Ascension

• Solidarity/ Africa Charity

• Debt Reduction

• School Tuition Assistance

• Catholic Communications

• Peter’s Pence

• Parish Charity

• Debt Reduction

• Assumption

• Habitat for Humanity

• Parish Charity

• School Tuition Assistance

• Catholic University

• Parish Charity

• Mission Sunday

• Seminarians

• All Saints

• All Souls

• Debt Reduction

• Military Services

• Campaign for Human Development

• Christmas Flower Memorials

• School Tuition Assistance

• Immaculate Conception

• Religious Retirement

• Debt Reduction

• Christmas