Stimulus money burning a hole in your pocket? Here are 5 charitable ways to use it.

Amy Bryer Brumley

Hunting for a way to spend that federal stimulus check? 

You know you really don’t need that new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.  Consider using this boon as an opportunity to make a Lenten donation to your church, Catholic school, or another Catholic charity of your choice. 

The third federal stimulus check is hitting bank accounts this week. For many Americans, this deposit brings the total of stimulus checks to $3200 — more if they have children.  

There’s no doubt that many families and individuals are struggling, and this stimulus check could provide some much-needed financial respite. However, If this latest check finds you in a safe financial situation, but the money is burning a hole in your pocket, there are other creative ways to make good use of it! 

Here are 5 charitable ways to use your stimulus money: 

  1. Purchase grocery cards in denominations of your choice and have them handy to pass out to those you feel are in need. 
  1. Start an emergency fund for a friend or family member you know is just getting by without a financial cushion. 
  1. Open a savings account for a child or grandchild. 
  1. Donate to your local parish or Catholic school. 
  1. Visit archden.org for ideas of other Catholic ministries that are serving your neighbors. 

Pray for inspiration and add your own ideas this list. 

“There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” G.K. Chesterton 


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COMING UP: From rare books to online resources, archdiocesan library has long history of service to students

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National Library Week, observed this year from April 4 to April 10, is the perfect occasion to highlight the essential role of libraries and library staff in strengthening our communities – and our very own Cardinal Stafford Library at the Archdiocese of Denver is no exception.  

Since 1932, the library has served as a religious, intellectual, and cultural resource for seminarians and students at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

As the library of the seminary, we are always responsible for the four dimensions of the priestly formation of our seminarians. The library is charged with being responsible to all the divisions of the Seminary: the Lay Division (Catholic Biblical School and Catholic Catechetical School), the Permanent Deacon Formation Division, and the Priestly Formation Division, said Stephen Sweeney, Library Director. 

In addition to being one of the main resources to the seminary, the Cardinal Stafford Library serves the needs of other educational programs in the Archdiocese of Denver, including the St. Francis School for Deacons, the Biblical School, the Catechetical School and the Augustine Institute. While the library is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was previously open to anyone, giving people access to more than 150,000 books, audios, and videos. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library was named after Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican and former Archbishop of Denver from 1986 to 1996. He was a dedicated advocate of the library and of Catholic education.

In 1932, the library was established by two seminarians, Maurice Helmann and Barry Wogan. While they were not the first seminarians to conceive the idea of establishing a library, they are considered the founders for undertaking its organization.  

Since its founding, the library has grown and compiled a fine collection of resources on Catholic theology, Church history, biblical studies, liturgy, canon law, religious art, philosophy, and literature. Special collections include over 500 rare books dating back to the early 16th century and many periodicals dating back to the 1800s. The oldest publication in the library is a book on excommunication published in 1510. The Cardinal Stafford Library is also home to various relics and holds bills personally written by some of those saints.  

Over the past few years, the library has undergone a process of beautification through various renovations that include improvements in lighting, flooring, and even furniture restoration. During these difficult times, libraries are doing their best to adapt to our changing world by expanding their digital resources to reach those who don’t have access to them from home. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library provides a community space; we subscribe to about 200 print journals and have access to literally thousands more through online resources available on campus computers, Sweeney added. “I have been the Library Director for almost 11 years. I absolutely love my work, especially participating in the intellectual formation of the faithful from all of the dioceses we serve”.  

For more information on the Cardinal Stafford Library, visit: sjvdenver.edu/library 

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