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Stewardship

A response to discipleship, overview

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).  --  Online Giving: allsaintsccnc.org/give

Stewardship
 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to continue the growth and development of All Saints as a
Stewardship Parish.
We will help our Parish family understand that in a Stewardship Parish
mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out through action to be followers of Jesus.
We will develop plans and strategies that will enable our Parish family to recognize
that everything we have is a gift from God.
We will help our Parish family become grateful and eager to cultivate our gifts
of time, talent and treasure out of love for God.
As a Parish, we will learn to cherish and tend to God’s gifts in a responsible and accountable manner, to share them in justice and love with others
and to return them with increase to our Lord. 

"A Christian steward receives God's gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord." (USCCB -Stewardship: A Disciples Response, pg 9) 

stewardship is active faith.
 

Through Baptism, every Catholic has been given the grace to be God’s steward, and we are called to be stewards of this grace.  God fills us with His life so we can find joy in serving others.  God showers us with blessings so we will have gifts to share.  In the opening words of their pastoral letter on stewardship, the US Catholic Bishops tell us, “Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an option.” 

stewardship is discipleship in action.
 

Stewardship involves intentional, planned and proportionate giving of our time, talent and treasure.  Read more

The Stewardship Parish

Stewardship brings a new, stronger life to the parish.  People want to be part of a stewardship parish, because it offers them opportunity to use their gifts for others and because it brings the gifts of other to strengthen their won faith and love.  Read more…

Stewardship Reflection on Ephesians 4:1-6, Our Mission Statement Scriptures

St. Paul could not state more succinctly what our approach to living as Catholics and Christians should be. In the Second Reading from his letter to the Ephesians, Paul urges us to live “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit.” Does that describe our parish community?

We might like to think it does, but that cannot happen unless we have the same kind of trust that Elisha had, and which St. Paul had, as well. Paul also says in the Second Reading from his Letter to the Ephesians, “I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.” To truly understand this call to be “worthy,” we need to understand all that God has done for us, individually and as a community. It would seem natural that if we understand what God has provided us, we will naturally want to serve and obey out of gratitude.

That sounds a lot like stewardship in action, doesn’t it? We do not do what we do necessarily because we want God to love us; we need to realize that He already loves us. Each of us in his or her own way might be considered God’s first-born. Being a child of God is almost more important than anything else, and that is why we love one another, and why we serve on another, and why we recognize that miracles occur in our lives every day.

Excerpt from catholicsteward.com

 

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