Stewardship: A Call to Service

 

WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?


Stewardship is a way of life through which we express our discipleship in Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that our lives and all that we have are gifts from God. Responding to God's generosity for all these gifts, we nurture, share and return them to God for the building of His Kingdom. We categorize these gifts as time, talent, and treasure.

 

ISN'T STEWARDSHIP JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR FUND-RAISING?


Stewardship is not a fund-raising campaign. It embraces service to God and His people through all our gifts. Stewardship is not a defined-duration program. Rather, it is a long term spiritual commitment.

 

WHY IS OUR PARISH FOSTERING STEWARDSHIP?


Embracing the spirituality of stewardship has been at the heart of the growth of our very vibrant and active parish. We know through the experience of all the good that takes place at Saint Patrick’s that much more good can and should be done through our parish. Stewardship offers all of us opportunities for significant growth in our Catholic faith. Living the spirituality of stewardship in our parish concretely expresses our thanks to God for His many blessings.

 

HOW ARE WE IMPLEMENTING STEWARDSHIP?


Once a year, in the autumn, we are asked to prayerfully and reflectively decide how we will share our time, talent, and treasure with God's people through our parish. At that time, we are asked to formally make a stewardship commitment for the upcoming year, indicating how we will enhance our prayer life, become more involved in the volunteer ministries of the parish, and support the parish and its works through a sacrificial contribution to the weekly offertory.

 

WHAT IS THE CHARTER OF THE STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION?


Members of the commission work in collaboration with the pastor, clergy, staff, and parish leadership to develop, implement, monitor, and enhance our expanding embrace of the stewardship way of life - a life of faith-filled prayer, service to our neighbors, and generous sharing. As Isaiah the prophet, may all of us answer in response to the call of the Lord, "Here I am; send me!"