What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is a way of life. It is a lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility. Stemming from the knowledge that God is the creator and owner of all. Christian stewards see themselves as the caretaker of God's gifts. Gratitude for these many gifts is expressed in our prayer, worship, offerings and action. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts our time, talent, and treasure.
God has entrusted us with the gifts of material creation, our individual vocation, and the living out of God's mission through the Church. Gratefully caring for these gifts leads to these tangible examples of stewardship in our daily lives:
- Stewardship of Creation: Respecting life, protecting the environment and developing our world through noble human labor
- Stewardship of Vocation: Faithfully carrying out our unique and individual roles in God's plan
- Stewardship of the Church: Prayerfully sharing our time, talent and treasure to fulfill the mission of the parish, diocese and universal Church
A Disciple's Response
- Receive God's gifts gratefully
- Cultivate them responsibly
- Share them lovingly in justice with others
- Return them with increase to the Lord
Stewardship as a way of life has astonishing implications for our relationships and our daily lives. We can experience life-shaping changes of mind and heart when we commit ourselves to the Lord. Recognizing God as the origin of life, receive gifts in a gratitude that is glued to action, eager to demonstrate our love for God and neighbor. The journey of discipleship is one of intense joy, fulfillment and peace. As Mary the mother of Jesus lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service, we can find the same favor with God by living as authentic stewards of our world, our vocation and our Church.
Our automated contributors make a big difference in assisting us with a stable budget. Please prayerfully consider this option as you explore the ways that you share your gifts with your faith community. If you have any questions about our parish automated contribution process, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Moore at the parish office (651) 784-3015 ext. 109. Again, we thank you for your generosity and pray that the Spirit will continue to work in wondrous ways in your life.