What Is Catholic Stewardship?
Stewardship is not simply making donations or taking care of the building and grounds.
It is a spirituality—hence a way of life—made of four parts:
- Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude
- Cultivating them responsibly
- Sharing them lovingly in justice with others
- Standing before the Lord in a spirit of accountability
It is up to you to determine how you will live out this stewardship way of life.
What resources, talents, and abilities has God given me? Do I use them in service to others? How might I take the next step to become a more effective steward?
The Gifts of God
Think of God's gifts in broader terms, not simply the material goods or security you may enjoy. These are gifts, too:
- Your faith, hope, love, and joy
- Your family love and relationships with others
- Your intelligence, talents, and skills
- Your imagination, compassion, and vision
- Creation in all its splendor
Our Catholic tradition teaches us that with so many blessings come great challenges. At all times in our lives, we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to share what we have been given.
What qualities in the life of Jesus provide a model for living and an example of good stewardship? How might they compare to my own life and lived experience?
Jesus Is the Steward
It begins with remembering our Baptism, when we became followers of Jesus Christ. From this call flows the commitment to Christ that makes stewardship possible—and deeply rewarding. However, this is a commitment to a lifetime of action, and it requires sacrifice.
Through following Christ, we have the benefit of the role model of sacrifice for the greater good, a model of self-giving and loving service.
If I am to work to be an effective Christian steward, with the help of God's grace, what will it cost me in terms of personal sacrifice and hardship? Am I willing to take the next step?
Hearing and Responding to the Call
Everyone has a calling, which is another way of saying that your walk with God is personal. When you hear the call to gratitude and responsibility—in your friendships and family, in your work, wherever you go—then taking the next step to answer that call is where Catholic stewardship may be clearly seen.
In our faith, that response happens in a wonderfully rich, vibrant community of diverse and talented individuals. We are all encouraged to consider responding generously to God's call to a priestly or religious vocation, as well as to the single or married life.
What Does a Catholic Steward Look Like?
Catholic stewards take care of the world around us, including embracing the social teaching of the Church.
- We work as partners with God in the redemption of the world.
- We respect human life and dignity.
- We protect the natural environment.
- We share our gifts (time, talents, and treasures) with others.
- We communicate our enthusiasm.
For your own development as a Catholic steward, it helps to spend time in prayer and reflection to recognize your gifts from God. Then discover how best to use those gifts for the benefit of others—and of course, invite others to discern and share their gifts, too.
How am I reaching out to invite others to recognize their gifts? What opportunities do I provide for them to employ those gifts for the good of the community?
The Challenges and Rewards of Stewardship
It is an incredible challenge to live in imitation of the life of Christ. We all face obstacles, opportunities, and challenges, living in a fast-paced environment with many responsibilities. Our spiritual hunger does not always get a chance to be nourished through prayer and action.
However, a clear sense of purpose—nourished by the Eucharist and our rich Catholic tradition—opens the door for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude and responsibility; to thank God for his endless gifts, and then to decide what we can do to help the world. The rewards include:
- Making a difference in people's lives
- Becoming an active member of a fulfilling Catholic community
- Discovering talents inside you, waiting to be used
- Letting go of your worries and setting realistic goals in both your spiritual and secular life
- Experiencing the amazing increase in God's presence that comes with a partnership with the Lord
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(Derived from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document “Stewardship: An Invitation to Help Change the World” at http://www.usccb.org/stewardship/disciplesresponse.pdf.)
Adult Stewardship Volunteer Form
Youth Stewardship Volunteer Form
Volunteer forms can be returned in the collection plate, baskets in the Narthex·or church office. See above for online forms.
Each of us has unique talents in our lives. Some of us are athletic, or good cooks, wise, mediators, having business savvy, compassionate, hospitable, funny, detail-oriented, teachers, caretakers, entertainers, great friends…the list goes on. Not all receive the same number or types of talents, but God expects us to use the abilities and talents He has given us for His glory.
We are to make investments with the skills and talents we have been given, so that when the time comes, we can give a report of how we have multiplied what the Lord has given us. Each of our skills and abilities can grow as we work on them and put them into practice. It is when we get lazy and stop using the abilities that the Lord has given us that we fall behind, run out of steam, and start to wonder how we really can make a difference. It is the people who invest their talents and abilities that will be rewarded in the end. For some, this means taking a step back and assessing how God has created and designed us so we can move forward in our lives, investing our talents and not simply burying them in the sand. For others, and perhaps you as well, it may mean refining, building and keeping in shape whatever God has given you to build His kingdom.
Our annual Stewardship Fair will be held in the Fall after all the Masses. Help us spread the mission of Jesus Christ by offering the gifts you have been given back to God. It is a great way to meet new people and get involved in our ever-growing Parish Community.
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St. Mary's Food Kitchen
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Olathe Food Pantry Collection
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