Called to be Stewards
Almighty God, my parish is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is. It will be friendly if I am friendly. It will be holy if I am holy. Its pews will be filled if I help fill them. It will do great work if I do the work I’m called to do. It will be prayerful if I pray. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver. It will bring other people into its worship if I invite and bring them. It will be a parish family of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, of compassion, charity and mercy if I – who make it what it is – am filled with these same qualities. Therefore, with your help, my God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be. Bless my journey, Lord God, that I might follow Jesus and build the Church for your glory. Amen.
FOUR PILLARS OF STEWARDSHIP
Hospitality - Christian Kindness
"When I was a stranger, you welcomed me." Matt 25:35
Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself. Parishioners of a stewardship parish seek to see the face of Christ in one another. A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish regardless of the parish demographics: large or small - urban, suburban or rural
Prayer - A Heart to Heart with God
"Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies." from Characteristics of a Christian Steward
Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Formation - Continuous Conversion
"Being a disciple is not just something else to do, alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion." from USCCB's Stewardship a Disciple's Response - Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
Formation is a formidable task, involving education of the mind and conversion of the heart. To know the "stewardship way of life," does not make one live a "stewardship way of life." Ongoing Catholic education is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards.
Service - Love in Action
"...Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me." Matt. 25:40
Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and 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. The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and return God's gifts.
The four pillars of stewardship are hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. Below is a list of opportunities for engaging more fully in each of these areas. There are many other ways to grow in stewardship as well. We hope you find inspiration here to get you started. We are all called to be stewards of God’s Kingdom.
(Note: There is more information on stewardship requirements for confirmation candidates on the Sacramental Prep page under “Confirmation:”)
- Hospitality Ministry: Saturday - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ea5ab22a0f94hospitality Sunday - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ea5ab22a0f94-hospitality1
- Family Promise (assist homeless families once a month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.): Contact Marianne Meyer – Parish Office 331-4302
- Babysitting during mass or parish events: Contact Parish Office to be put on a call list: 331-4302
- Host Coffee and Donuts: Contact Kevin Esmeier firstname.lastname@example.org
- Welcome Kiosk: (Helping people with parish information, registration forms, etc. One Sunday a month) We are trying to get this ministry up and running, and we need volunteers who can assist before we can do that. Contact Marianne Meyer – Parish Office 331-4302
- Parish Center clean-up: Contact Rosanne Thomas email@example.com
- Funeral reception set-up and/or clean-up (evenings and Saturdays only): Contact Rosanne Thomas to be put on the call list: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunday (or Saturday evening) mass is a must. It’s through the liturgy that God feeds us with is word and the Eucharist, nourishing us for our mission, and sending us forth with his blessing. We cannot be good Catholics and stewards if we miss mass (except for illness or other dire reasons).
- Devotions: Way of the Cross (prayed as a community during Lent, but available any time for private devotion inside or outside the church building), rosary (prayed in community during specific times of the year – see website – but always available as private devotion), Eucharistic adoration and/or Benediction (every Wednesday following the morning mass until Benediction at 6:15 p.m.), novenas, chaplet of Divine mercy, etc.
- Personal prayer: Morning Offering, bible reading, Angelus, other formal prayer, spontaneous prayer, etc.
- Watch the parish bulletin for other prayer opportunities.
- Diocesan and parish workshops, speakers, etc. Watch parish bulletin for information on upcoming formation events.
- Bible reading
- Formed.org (Parish Code 150485): Audio presentations, e-books, and videos
- Personal reading of faith-based books and periodicals
- Parish Kitchen, Ministry of Catholic Charities (many ways to assist – see website): http://www.covingtoncharities.org/parish-kitchen/pkvolunteer
- Madonna House (many ways to assist – see website):http://www.madonnahousenky.org/difference/
- Matthew 25 Ministries (many ways to assist – see website): http://m25m.org/
- Rose Garden Mission (many ways to assist – see website): http://www.exclusivesoftware.com/RoseGardenMission/Volunteers/default.html
- Saint Vincent de Paul Society: (many ways to assist) Contact Casey Guilfoyle: email@example.com
- Serving Mass: Contact Audrey Shay – Parish Office 331-4302
- Music Ministry: Contact Matt Spencer: firstname.lastname@example.org. Singers, string musicians, and others with musical ability are welcome.
- Henry Hosea House: (many ways to assist – see website): http://www.henryhoseahouse.com/volunteer.html
- PSR aide (assist with younger grades): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ea5ab22a0f94-aide
- Giving Tree Project: (Help is needed with making ornaments, moving items from church to the Blees Center on Sundays, and gift-wrapping). Contact Bridget France: email@example.com
- Fund raisers or collection drives for charitable organizations may be organized by small groups. Contact specific charities for lists of needs.
When does giving become investing, and when does investing become ministry?
Supporting what we value is an investment in the future. Investing in your parish helps ensure that our ministry will continue to serve the spiritual needs of this community.
Blessed Sacrament provides several ways for you to invest your time and talent in your faith. See the ministry pages within this site for suggestions. You can also invest your treasure through Faith Direct. Please visit the Faith Direct links, found below, and see where you would like to apply your investment.
If you have interest in exploring options outside of Faith Direct, please contact Rick Schwab to begin a dialogue about what is very meaningful to you and how that may align with the needs of our faith community.