A message from Father Richard
Stewardship is found in the Bible*. It’s about understanding that all we are and all we have begins with God’s blessings. These blessings are entrusted to our care and use, as stewards. Different people have different gifts, but as a community God has given us every gift. So then, every person has every gift when everyone practices good stewardship.
Stewardship is a way of life rooted in faith that requires us to reflect on the gifts entrusted to us by God, and how we use them. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we practice stewardship through prayer, ministry and sacrifice, each as he or she is able.
As prayerful stewards we pray publicly in the liturgy and privately in our homes.
As ministering stewards we assist the whole community with our labors.
As sacrificial stewards we contribute financially to support the parish with a pledge.
Our lives as disciples are lived through good stewardship. Faithful discipleship begins with God’s gift of faith. First we believe, then we follow. Following Jesus means using all our gifts according to his example. Responsible use of our gifts strengthens our faith journey, making us better disciples. Through strengthened discipleship we nurture our gifts and help God’s gift of faith to grow. This cycle of response to God’s initiative draws us more deeply into the paschal mystery of Christ. It strengthens the kingdom of God on this earth.
This is what we are about at Saint Mary Catholic Community.
*See the following passages:
1 Corinthians 10:24
1 John 2:15-17