Next Stewardship Council Meeting ,
Wednesday, January 25th at 7 PM
2nd Floor Parish Center
In case you missed our
Fantastic Fall Homilies on Stewardship
We invite you to catch up and link up with us!
September 3rd & 4th - The 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Fr. Bob Rivers
September 10th & 11th - The 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Fr. Steve Rock
September 18th & 19th - The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Fr. Ed Malone
“How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.” Psalm 116
Like the Psalmist, we too can repay the Lord for His goodness to us as an expression of our gratitude to Him.
Firstly, we proclaim His salvation. To “lift the cup of salvation” is to acknowledge that God is the Author of our salvation, and that He desires that all come to know Him. As grateful recipients of His grace, we are to proclaim His salvation to the ends of the earth. Having tasted His love and goodness, we want to testify about our God to those who do not know Him yet. Perhaps you could take some time to meet with someone and share about God’s goodness in your life.
Secondly, we worship Him by calling on His Name. To “call on the name of God” is to call to mind the character of God. We know that God is known by many names which reflect His eternal attributes and character. As we worship Him, who we profess God to be must be congruent with how we live our lives. Take some time to examine if there is any incongruence between our worship and walk with God.
Thirdly, we fulfil our vows. As part of our discipleship and growth process, we make vows and commitments to God. Are there any vows or commitments you have made to God that are yet to be fulfilled? Perhaps the busyness and distractions of life have buried those vows somewhere, but the inner wrestling between the heart and the Spirit gives no peace. Or are some of those vows ‘conditional’ in nature — and God has fulfilled His part, and is waiting for you to fulfil yours. The wise man in Ecclesiastes 5 warns us not to delay fulfilling our vows to God.
Our repayment to God must be rooted in our heartfelt gratitude to Him for all His goodness and what He has done for us. Our God does not need us to repay Him to feel good about Himself. We can, however, offer the above as an act of true worship.
Thankyou to all who made or workshop a success!
Fr. Ben St. Croix will join us in the Spring 2017 for a parishwide -
Gifts & Charisms Mission
Save the Date
Preaching - Saturday and Sunday, April 21st & 22nd
Mission Nights - Monday, April 24th
Wednesday April 26th
What is Stewardship?
The word “stewardship” comes from the NT (I Cor 4:1) the Greek dealing “oikonomos” (“manager” or “steward”) as to deal with practical aspects of life in the household, finances, etc. So, when speak of the parish or the diocese in terms of “stewardship” we are dealing with the practical things that help us to deal with our Christian life in the church: money, using your gifts and talents, our time of commitments in the church.
Why is Stewardship so important in the parish?
We have a lot of parishioners are living by common sense about our parish and our lives. But sometimes we need to be aware of attending to challenges, problems, practical wisdom to make the parish and our Christian life work better. So, for example, we have many parishioners who do not think they have gifts. They do not identify and use their gifts in Christian life, parish life and the world. Sometimes parishioners do not think about these things.
Many times parishioners say: 80% of the work is only done of 20% of the parishioners. What about the 80% who do not use their gifts or time for important task for the Church and the world? Sometimes they are not willing to participate. Sometimes we have people who do not think about their gifts and time. They do not think about how important it is for them to make a difference by participating. What is important... to invite parishioners to participate with their gifts and time.
A large number of parishioners do not participate with treasure to the Church for lots of reasons. Catholics are not very good about donating treasure even among those who are actually participating in parish life. It will be important for us to understanding why this is so and see if we can do something about this. Money is a spiritual issue. We need to pray, reflect our gifts, and make decisions about how we use our treasure.
Stewardship is invitation in our parish to educate ourselves about the practical aspects of managing our time, talent and treasure as Christians and parishes. We need to learn and be educated about the reality of stewardship. We need to pray about things as a parish, and make decisions that can change our lives to be more responsible disciples. Stewardship is what a disciple does with our time, talent and treasure.
What happens to us if we participate in this Stewardship in St. Agnes?
First of all, this is a powerful spiritual change of our lives. We are going to begin with the importance of emphasizing our understanding of our fundamental life as disciples. We will reflect on, and act on the importance of understanding our lives as a gift from God. Everything begins with GIFT. How important is this foundation of our lives.
When we start with our lives as gift, the first that things happens is we develop a sense GRATTITUDE. Gratitude is way of life. But sometimes we forget about the gift and as a consequences we become ungrateful.
Finally, when we understand the importance of the GIFT of God and the gratitude to God, generosity follows. We cannot live our lives generously if we do not have a sense of these realities. GIFT, GRATITUDE and GENEROSITY are foundation virtues that are essential to Christian living and disciples. We need to spend time consistent with this awareness. This is what we will be doing, among others things, in participating in our Stewardship initiative at St. Agnes.