“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (Peter 4:10)
From last's year Diocese of Corpus Christi Stewardship Appeal. This is a good explanation of true stewardship. Take a look.
What Stewardship Is:
Christian stewardship is a way of life based upon the spirituality embodied in the concept of the "Good Steward" that Our Lord often turned to in his parables to teach us how we should live our lives.
The Bishops of the United States, in their 1992 pastoral letter, "Stewardship: A Disciple's Response," defined the good steward as "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."
Elaborating on this the Bishops wrote: "Essentially, Stewardship means helping the Church's mission with time, money, personal resources of all kinds. This sharing is not an option for Catholics who understand what membership in the Church involves. It is a serious duty."
In short, Stewardship is what we are called to do in response to Jesus' invitation, "Come, follow me."
Stewardship is the acknowledgement and acceptance of a single truth. All we are and all we have are gifts from God. These gifts are only for our temporary use and for our use in helping our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we use our gifts, as God intended, we realize that we are indeed, “God’s co-workers”, (1 Cor 3:9) and can share in His ‘creative, redemptive and sanctifying work.”
Stewardship, a Christian faith journey, begins not with the needs of this 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 each of us with.
In the next few weeks, the Stewardship journey will unfold. It will involve an ongoing conversion of heart and a renewed look at our attitudes, as disciples, towards giving. Please examine your hearts and determine your response to the invitation to be the Lord’s steward.
Let us come together individually and as a community of believers to give thanks to God the Father.
What Stewardship is Not:
Stewardship is founded on God's word, not on the fundraising needs of the church. Stewardship is rooted in the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way to thank Him for all His blessings, we return a portion of the time, talent and treasure allotted to us.
And not just to the Church. Good stewards will volunteer their time and talent to community agencies as well as to their parish. Most will give money to various civic charities in addition to supporting their parish and diocese. Clearly, stewardship is not a fundraising ploy; it is a way of life based on spiritual principles.
Commitment to Stewardship:
How we use God’s possessions is a key to Christian living. Jesus is the perfect example of stewardship. He used every gift, including his life, to glorify and serve God. Following Jesus requires commitment. It means putting God before all earthly desires. It means recommitting your life to Christ every day.
It’s never too late to make your commitment to be a steward by following the example of Jesus. If you have not had an opportunity to turn in your Commitment Card, please do so. Thank you to the many parishioners who have already returned their cards and to those who will be returning their cards in the near future.
Stewardship of Faith
Stewardship of Treasure
Stewardship of Talent
Stewardship of Evangelization
Stewardship of Prayer
Stewardship of Vocations
Stewardship of Marriage
Stewardship of Family
Stewardship of Human Life
Paulette Guajardo, Chair
Deacon Loni Lugo
Deacon Julio Dimas