Stewardship always starts with a personal relationship of the Risen Christ in our hearts. Stewardship is our call to discipleship, which was given to us in baptism. Following Christ as a disciple requires a personal response that can transform us and our entire parish.
“When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” (Mt.25:35) Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ himself. Members of a steward-ship parish seek to see the face of Christ in one another, and welcome each other as special.
A steward strives to nourish the soul through prayer. Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies. It is in prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.*
As a steward grows in the life of prayer, God reveals Himself more intimately in this personal relationship. The steward understands that the gifts received from God are to be shared and not buried. These gifts of time, talent and treasure are to be shared with others with generous and grateful hearts.
Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to the many needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and the Church. Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation. Stewards also come together to celebrate and to thank God for all the gifts God gives us.