What is stewardship?
Stewardship is a way of life. It is a life of thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings—our very life, family, work, health, material possessions, our faith and many more. Everything we have is a gift from God. Once we accept this truth, then it makes sense that we need to thank God for His gifts. We usually thank someone when we receive a gift, so why not thank God, from whom we received everything we are and have. We express our thanksgiving by giving back to God a portion of his gift—by giving of our time, talent, and treasure, by knowing, living, and sharing our faith, by promoting vocations for the abundant harvest, and by helping preserve our earth for our generation and the next. We have a need to give before giving to a need. In the end, too, we will need to account to God how we use His gifts. This means we need to be good stewards of our gifts.
The U.S. Catholic bishops, in their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, describes a good steward as someone with four general qualities: 1) receives God’s gifts gratefully, 2) cherishes and tend them in a responsible manner; 3) shares them in justice and love with all; and 4) returns them with increase to the Lord.
As a response, St. Vincent de Paul Parish promotes stewardship as a way of life by:
- Making time for God in prayer and worship: Stewardship of Prayer
- Sharing time and talent for the common good: Stewardship of Time and Talent
- Nurturing our faith so that we can share it with others: Stewardship of Faith
- Giving of our treasure cheerfully: Stewardship of Treasure
- Preserving the earth for our generation and the next: Stewardship of the Earth
For articles on stewardship please click here.
For Fr. Andrew’s audio series on stewardship, please click here.
If you have any questions about Stewardship at St. Vincent’s, please call Mila Glodava, director of Communications and Stewardship. at 303-744-6119, Ext 205, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you might be interested to learn more about stewardship by getting a copy of “Making Stewardship a Way of Life: A Complete Guide for Catholic Parishes,” by Fr. Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava, and published by Our Sunday Visitor, 2009.
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