Stewardship

Stewardship is perhaps the most misunderstood term in today’s Catholic Church. To some, it is thought to be a term for fundraising for a special mission or start of a new project. To others, it is Pledge Sunday when homilies center on the themes of time, talent, and treasure, followed by “volunteer sign-ups” not be heard again until the following year.


Here at St. Catherine’s stewardship means much more. It is a lifestyle embraced by our parishioners who live with an “attitude of gratitude”. In short, Stewardship is what we are called to do in response to Jesus’ invitation, “Come, follow me.” It is founded on God’s word, and rooted in the premise that everything we have and everything we are is given to us is a gift by God, who wants us to return a portion of the 3 “T’s” of Stewardship: Time, Talent and Treasure. We at St. Catherine’s have re-defined these to make it easier to understand, and have adopted this new definition as our theme for the coming year. Our “time” is to be spent in grateful prayer—our conversations with God thanking him for our many blessings. Our “talents” are our gifts and talents that should be put to good use in serving others in a loving manner. And finally, our “treasure” is our financial resources that should be given to our parish and charity generously and joyfully.

 

Stewardship is a Christian faith journey and begins not with the needs of the parish, no matter how great those needs might be, but rather with the need of each of us to return to God with grateful hearts a proportionate share of the time, talent and treasure he has entrusted and gifted to each of us.

 

The sharing of our gifts is a responsibility of each of us and directed by God. In the words of St. Peter, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

 

Our parish encourages each of us to embrace stewardship as a way of life that acknowledges accountability in the way we lead our lives, reverence, and individual responsibility before God.
Come join us as we travel this faith journey together.

 

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Pray Gratefully

God has given us a gift of 24 hours at the start of each new day. A question for each of us to ask ourselves is not “how will I spend the next 1,440 minutes” but rather “how much of the day will I spend in prayers of gratitude to God?

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Serve Lovingly

God has given each of us different gifts or talents that we can use to help others. We are expected to share those gifts with our family, parish and community. For every skill each of us possess, there is a need somewhere in our families, our parish and community.

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Give Joyfully

In our quest to earn enough and then more, we often forget that it is God who makes our financial resources even possible. We sometimes focus on not having enough money, but without God’s gifts, we would have nothing at all. Only through your offerings of financial support it possible for our parish to fulfill its mission.

For more information, contact St Catherine Administration Office,
at busmgr@stcatherineop.com or (904) 264-0577