How are you using your God given Gifts to shine thru?
Stewardship is not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but is “A Way of Life, for a Lifetime.” A Christian steward, is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord (Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response; A Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). All gifts come from God, and we as Christians are called to share those gifts with each other. Let us prayerfully consider the gifts God has bestowed upon each of us (time, talent and treasure) and then give of the first fruits of our labors (the best). What are your gifts God is calling you to share?
How do you begin a relationship? You spend TIME getting to know someone. Developing a relationship with God (Jesus– Holy Spirit) is no different. God is the source of all our gifts. Developing your relationship with God begins with TIME!
TIME—spent in weekly Mass. When possible, this starts with attending weekly Mass and when possible, more frequently.
TIME—spent in various forms of daily prayer. · Praying the Rosary · Eucharistic Adoration · Reflecting on the WORD of God in the Bible · Lectio Davina · Personal Retreat · Confession
Creating the gift of TIME is creating balance between spiritual life; (prayer– reflection) family life, work, life, service and recreation.
Discern how you can use your TIME and developing a deeper relationship with GOD.
“Let each of us serve according to our different gifts.” Romans 12:6
Go Make A Difference- You Can Be the Difference! We are all each given unique gifts and talents from God. We are entrusted by God to nurture these talents and gifts and share them with others. There are many opportunities within our parish communities in which varied talents and gifts can be shared. Don't let your talents go without further growth and nurturing.
With many hands- we can all make light work of task in front of us- we are all in this together!
Please prayerfully discern how you can share your talents with the parish.
Stewardship is a way of life and is learned by an early age. Check out the TALENT section to see where and how your gifts can match the needs in the parish communities.
" For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45
When we begin to realize that everything we have belongs to God and “we are mere stewards of the resources/gifts given to us, understanding the concept of material wealth and the care taking responsibility entrusted to us for this time makes sense.
The American bishops pastoral letter Stewardship A Disciples Response: “Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another.” (Washington DC. United States Catholic Conference, 1993.)
In the Acts of the Apostles (2:42-45) we find the principal of bringing all that one had to share with the community; so no one would be without. The sacrificial giving requires us to TRUST in the Lord and in our FAITH that God will provide. The concept of tithing to the church, may seem difficult—but then you’re putting your TRUST AND FAITH in action. To be the hands and feet of Christ to all. Deuteronomy 14:23-33 “we see that a portion of the tithe was to be used for ministry. It was to be used to support and care for those in need”. The church relies on the responsibility of those entrusted in this community to continue to be caretakers of this parish and all that it entails. We would not be able to maintain without your support.
Are you hiding or burying your talents for no one to use? Multiplying your talents with interest? How will the Master find you when he returns? (Mt.25:14-30).
The parishes accept: Electronic Donations, Planned Giving, Bequests.
USCCB Standard Guideline for Tithing: 4% to the parish 1% to the diocese 5% to other charities