Stewardship is a multi-faceted concept that includes Prayer, Service, and Sharing. Countless Catholic parishes across the United States have experienced a revitalization and renewal when the faith community understood and put them into action.
Parishes grounded in Stewardship report increases in:
members' faith-filled personal and household prayer
Mass attendance and participation
parish service organizations and events supported by more and more volunteers
financial giving that allows the parish to meet its own budget and to share with others.
Prayer is about our relationship with God. We gratefully acknowledge God's presence in our lives and respond by investing ourselves. In nurturing this relationship we stay connected and understand God’s will for our lives. As disciples of Jesus we strive to engage in personal prayer each day. As good stewards of our time, we return to God part of each day which has been so graciously given to us.
We believe that every person has been created with wonderful gifts to bring us joy and to serve each other. The Epistle of St. Peter reminds us: "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve another as good stewards of God's varied graces" (1 Peter 4:10). To be a steward of service means that we gratefully name and nurture our gifts, and offer them to our Church and to the world.
Stewards are grateful people who believe that God has been generous with us and we, in turn, share with others. The scripture passage "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be" (Mt 6:21) challenges us to look at how and where we spend our financial resources. As followers of Jesus, we carefully consider the needs of our Church and the poor when developing a household budget. We are stewards, not out of obligation but out of gratitude and joy for all that God has done for us.