To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
Stewardship is a way of life. It is a way of living each day in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given to us.
The roots of stewardship can be found in the Bible, which tells us over and over that God is the Creator and Giver of all gifts.
Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian Disciple who recognizes and receives God's gifts and share these gifts in love of God and neighbour.
We do not own the gifts God gives to us. We are only here on earth to use those gifts to do God’s work.
A Christian steward:
- Receives God’s gifts gratefully.
- Cherishes and tends them responsibly
- Shares them in justice and love
- Returns them to God.
Small Steps to Stewardship
- Commit to doing one good act each week that will benefit someone without his/her knowing it. At the end of the week, share what you did with your family.
- Build a habit of thanking people whose work usually goes unnoticed.
- Visit with an elderly neighbour or relative, either in person if close by or by phone.
- Invite a person who is not able to get out of the house easily to go grocery shopping with our family.
- Make arrangements to pick up a homebound person for Mass each week.
- Take a can of food or another non-perishable item to the local food bank each week.
As a Parish
St. Patrick's Parish continues to grow in faith as we journey 'on purpose' as faithful servants. In September 2008 we began the initiative To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk. All parish ministries have been grouped into one of four Purpose Teams, depending upon their area of ministry. This provides a synergy between groups and fosters an environment which enables greater focus on our mission as people of faith.
If you are interested in knowing more about the different ministries we host at St. Patrick’s Parish or you want participating in one of the parish ministries, please visit the Ministries section on our website. For more information, contact our Pastoral Associate Silvana Amantea at the parish office, (905) 294-5955 ext. 226, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Learn More about Stewardship
The following links will help you grow in your understanding of stewardship and better equip you to live your lives as a faithful servant of God.
- Archbishop Collins letter, Stewardship: 'Well done, good and faithful servant', written during his tenure in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
- The US Bishops' document, Stewardship: A Disciple's Response has been used by numerous study groups, including St. Patrick's Parish.
- Lectio Divina with Archbishop Collins.
- An excellent little book clearly explaining the spirituality of stewardship is What Do I Own and What Owns Me? by Daniel Conway.
The book The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren has provided St. Patrick's with purposeful direction as we move toward a spirituality of stewardship.
Living as a Christian Steward
Jesus not only calls us to be a disciple, He forms us, through the gift of the Church, and sends us out with a mission. In what ways are you cooperating in the mission of Jesus in your day-to-day living? Being a disciple today is not easy, yet we must respond to Christ’s call. We must be engaged with our faith and live out our life with purpose. What does this means for you? Stewardship starts with a personal experience of the Risen Christ in our hearts. At the end of mass we are sent forth “to glorify the Lord by our lives”.
God bless you in all you do.