What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is rooted in gratitude.
It is a way of living one’s life, based in one’s sense of radical gratitude to God, creator of all things. Out of the desire to demonstrate our thankfulness to God, we reach out in caring and love to share the gifts we have been given with others. We live as stewards because we must. As St. Theresa of Avila notes, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He is to go about doing good; yours are the hands with which He is to bless people now.”
Traditionally stewardship has been thought of as giving of Time, Talent, and Treasure. At St. Patrick, stewardship is lived in a different way: the action of Giving, the action of Praying, and the action of Serving. Together, we call these “GPS.” An electronic GPS helps navigate a journey toward a destination. In the same sense, the Stewardship GPS guides the Christian along the journey to God. Use the links below to learn more about each of the areas of the GPS:
The Stewardship Envelope
Perhaps you’ve seen small envelopes placed in the collection baskets at Mass. Traditionally these are used only for a donation cash or check…but not at St. Patrick! The envelopes give all households the ability to offer their Gift, Prayers, and Service each and every week. There are lines on one side of the envelope that allow you to examine your week (or with your family) and indicate how you served God, how you prayed, and for any prayer requests. Once you’ve filled out these areas, you may place a financial gift inside the envelope. If you give financially by another method or time-frame than a weekly envelope, there is a place on the other side to indicate that.
The staff at St. Patrick gathers all of the envelopes and prayers for your intentions specifically each week. We encourage every household to take advantage of these special new envelopes and spend a few moments each week to offer all three stewardship opportunities: Giving, Praying, and Serving!
The following resources are provided to assist in understanding stewardship at St. Patrick.
Deb Bacorn – Serving Committee Chair
Patricia Carey – Praying Committee Chair
Paul Westgard – Giving Committee Chair
Diane Kar – Staff, Coordinator of Stewardship and Development
Mary Permoda – Staff
Megan Popa – Staff
“Stewardship for our family has grown over time. When our children were in grade school we focused more on family stewardship as an example by volunteering in Children’s Liturgy as a way to participate with them while demonstrating living our faith. Over time we have introduced and encouraged our children to participate more as we each grow in our service. Most recently we are proud of our children as they have; alter served, lectored and worked in the nursery. As parents we have also grown in our stewardship as we are involved in the Parish Council, Eucharistic Ministry, RCIA, Lectoring, That Man Is You, and serving on Parish Committees. Stewardship is a lifelong commitment to praying , serving and giving. There is always time for growing and engaging in your faith. Be open to your calling and enjoy sharing the blessings bestowed upon you. As a family we are truly blessed!”Kim Bankofier