Parish Engagement teaches us that in order to live full lives as Catholics we must make stewardship a way of life. What we do with the gifts we have been given by God make all the difference in the fullness not only to our own lives but to the welfare and vibrancy of our parish and community.
Think of God's gifts in broader terms, not simply the material goods or security you may enjoy. These are gifts, too:
Your faith, hope, love, and joy
Your family love and relationships with others
Your intelligence, talents, and skills
Your imagination, compassion, and vision
Creation in all its splendor
Our Catholic tradition teaches us that with so many blessings come great challenges. At all times in our lives, we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to share what we have been given.
We as Catholics have a two-thousand year tradition of service and ministry to our Church and to our brothers and sisters. Yet stewardship is usually seen only as financial support for our parish. While this is certainly a necessary aspect of stewardship, in reality much more is involved. We frequently hear the phrase “Time, Talent, and Treasure” but how often do we stop to consider the meaning behind those words?
Lord, You alone are the source of every good gift,
of the vast array of our universe,
and the mystery of each human life.
We praise You and we thank You
for Your great power and Your tender faithful love.
Everything we are and everything we have
is Your gift, and after having created us,
You have given us into the keeping of
Your Son, JESUS CHRIST.
Fill our minds with His truth
and our hearts with His love,
that in His Spirit we may be bonded
together into a community of faithful, caring people.
In the Name and Spirit of Jesus,
we commit ourselves to be good stewards
of the gifts entrusted to us,
to share our time, our talent and
our material gifts as an outward sign
of the Treasure we hold in Jesus.