Guided by Scripture, the Christian steward is a person whose prayer leads to a constant awareness that God is the creator of all blessings in life. he is the origin of life, giver of freedom, and the source of all things. Jesus presented the ultimate gift to God – the gift of His life – and we, too, are called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by:
Receiving God’s gifts gratefully
Cultivating them responsibly
Sharing them lovingly in justice with others and
Returning them with increase to the Lord.
Stewards of the Church
As members of the Church, we are called to be disciples, followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. This has astonishing implications:
Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus no matter what the cost.
Christian disciples experience conversion – changes of mind and heart – and commit their very selves to the Lord
Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live.
All members of the Church have a unique role to play in carrying out Christ’s mission of proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying:
Parents by nurturing their children in the light of the faith
Parishioners by working in concrete ways to make their parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community, and
All Catholics by giving generous support – time in prayer, money and personal service to parish and diocesan programs and to the universal Church.
Life Is Your Gift Stewardship Prayer
Creator God, Life is your gift to us.
Through Baptism, You invite us to share the gift of our lives in service to others. Be with us as we choose each day to show your Presence in our world. Give us courage and generosity to respond to your love, to your call.
We pray especially for those who serve you in ministry throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. May we bear the “Good News” to those in need. Keep us close to you.
Open the minds and hearts of those gathered today that we may accept your challenge to build vibrant and engaged communities in our parishes, our Archdiocese, and our world, living Stewardship as a Way of Life.
For if not us, who? If not here, where? If not now, when? If not for Your Kingdom, why?
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Time Spent in Prayer
- Small Children? Teach them their prayers. Pray with your children.
- Make meal prayers consistent practice at home and when you are out at a restaurant.
- Regular Mass on Sunday and Holy Days Of Obligation.
- Eucharistic Adoration - Holy Hours - Sign Up - Be Blessed!
- Join the Prayer Chain Ministry - Pray for others and those on the prayer list in the bulletin.
- Pray the Rosary - Come to Mass early or stay after and pray the Rosary with others in our community.
- Join A Bible Study!
Being a faithful Steward begins with prayer. A prayer of thanksgiving to God for all the gifts and blessings He has given to us, asking the question “God, what would you have me do with all you have given me?” Underlying our stewardship is the recognition that God owns everything and He has entrusted it all to us to be used for His purposes. With this attitude of gratitude we should be asking not how much I should be giving to God but how much should I be keeping for myself.
Everyone is encouraged to continue to pursue the goal of tithing. From a biblical perspective this is commonly interpreted as giving 10% of your gross income. You won’t achieve this goal overnight but when you do it will be a life changing experience. Continue to pray how God wants you to use the gifts He has given to you. Give where you are spiritually fed and where there is the most need.
Supporting the church can be done in many ways:
- Regular Sunday offerings
- Special Collections-Parish & Archdiocesan
- Mission Appeals
Goal: 6% to parish; 2% to diocese; 2% to other charities. Could you live on 98% of your income? 97%? 95%? 90%? Consider making a donation to the Church of St. Patrick. There are a variety of ways.
Giving of our talents to the work of God. Where do my gifts lie?
Examples of how parishioners are giving of their talents:
- Musically - singing or playing an instrument.
- Proclaiming the Word of God.
- Welcoming others.
- Ushering at Mass.
- Sharing your trade skills with the church.
- Passing on the faith to our youth. We need 120 catechists every year to teach faith formation.
- Maintaining and/or beautifying our church campus.
- And Much, Much More!