As Catholics, we are encouraged to share what we have with others, to respect our neighbors as ourselves and to assist those less fortunate. We typically respond to this request when asked and proceed to go about our daily lives until the next request is heard.
What most individuals do not realize is that by sharing of ourselves and helping those around us, we are, in essence, practicing Christian stewardship.
In fact, “stewardship” reaches far beyond financial contributions and encourages Catholics to live their lives as disciples of Jesus. Equipped with this knowledge, we have the power to change how we understand and live out our lives, beginning a life-long process of sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure out of gratitude, not out of obligation.
Living our baptismal promises and becomes the motivational force behind our actions.
Are your parishioners active and involved in the life of the parish? Do they share their many gifts and talents? We invite you to watch and listen to this Celebrating Parish Stewardship Video which profiles Christ the King Parish in Kingston and Our Lady of Good Help Parish in Mapleville.
If you would like to see what stewardship can do for your parish, please contact Robert Spirito in the Office of Stewardship & Development at 277-2121.
Remember that hungry people go where they are fed. Stewardship can help feed your people!
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Stewardship is commonly misunderstood and associated with the concept of tithing, the practice of donating 10% of one’s income. While the Second Vatican Council never created an official church law on tithing, it reiterated the importance of supporting the Church stating that Christians have a duty and an honor to give back to God a portion of their gifts. Learn more >>
Introducing the stewardship way of life to your parish community begins with education. No “perfect” plan exists. Parishes are encouraged to use our stewardship guides and tailor the information provided to best suit your parish community. Learn more >>