Serving at St. Patrick
Service: At the Core of the Gospel
At the very heart of Christian stewardship is the act of service.
“Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves. Beginning in conversion, change of mind and heart, this commitment is expressed not in a single action nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s self to the Lord.” (Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response, U. S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship)
A stewardship parish seeks to be that common faith community within which parishioners are invited and have the opportunity to serve and be served, giving, receiving and sharing their God-given giftedness. It is through the pillar of Stewardship and service at the parish (or broader community level) that a Christian steward is provided the opportunity to respond, in action, to his/her call to discipleship individually and/or collectively.
It is therefore the role of the parish staff, the stewardship council and the many ministry leaders to be attentive to the needs of parishioners, and in turn to provide the opportunity for them to respond in gratitude and action in recognition of the gifts they have received. You can explore this further using the links below.