Catholic Stewardship

CATHOLIC  STEWARDSHIP

What do you have that you did not receive?
And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?   (
1 Corinthians 4:7)

CWL service
Volunteers painting
Rosary makers
Performers
Musicians
Cooks - providing for others

WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?

Stewardship is a lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibilities acknowledging God as Creator and Source of all.
As stewards, we see ourselves as caretakers and caregivers of all God's gifts.

Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer and worship and by joyfully sharing these gifts out of our love of God.


WHY STEWARDSHIP?

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to live His life as our own.
This is discipleship.
Jesus makes the way of Stewardship very clear. He asks us to take care of His Church, His World, and His People.
We are asked to put our personal abilities, skills, and resources at the service of the Church and the world so that our mission is modeled after Jesus Christ.


WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL
STEWARDSHIP MAKE IN MY LIFE?

A difference is in the focus of giving. Instead of concentrating on the needs of those to whom we are giving, the focus is primarily on God, our relationship with Him and in one's need to give oneself through time, talent and treasure to God and His people.


IS STEWARDSHIP JUST A PLOY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHURCH?

No! Stewardship is a way of life based on spiritual principles

  • 1. Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible has dozens of references to stewardship and Jesus specifically talks about stewardship in a number of His parables.
  • 2. Stewardship is based on the individual's need to give, not on the Church's need to receive. Stewardship is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and as a way to thank Him for his blessings, we return a portion of what we have received
  • 3. Stewardship encompasses the giving of time and talent as well as treasure and is not limited to the Church. Many people volunteer with community organizations in addition to supporting their parish.


Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.    (John 15:4-5)

 

More about it at the site of the International Catholic Stewardship Council.

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