Stewardship: A Way of Life
If all goes well, you should have seen today the Stewardship Committee’s video of our parish ministries. This is the final presentation in preparing for next week’s Commitment Weekend.
The notion of commitment as a disciple of the risen Lord has as its foundation the ultimate mandate of Christ at the Mount of Ascension—“Go out into the whole world baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The vehicle of this command is the Church itself.
God has given each and every one of us everything we have and are as gifts and talents to be shared for the common good. Once we are able to acknowledge this unwarranted giftedness we are then able to nurture these gifts, grow and share them.
Annually we make a commitment by continuing for another year and / or select an entirely new avenue to share of your time, treasure, or financial resources. The video capsulizes the many ministries in our Parish.
The decision of which direction you might go this year must take into account what you’re capable of doing. I know that for many of you, you are at the point of exhaustion in many of these areas of stewardship. While others are more than qualified and able to take a big step forward in any number of components of living as a stewards in serving the Church and her people. Many factors are almost out of our control—Physical and emotional limitations, family responsibilities and financial circumstances. For us older folks we are not able to do what we did ten or fifteen years ago.
St. Joseph has been blessed for over 150 years thanks to the hard working and sacrificing parishioners. All I ask is that you take some time pondering over all these stewardship efforts, you have been exposed and decide what you are going to do for this next year.
I thank you for all you have done in the past and ask God’s blessings as we continue the journey to the kingdom
Jesus calls us to enjoy.