Stewardship: A Way of Life

The Stewardship Council

STEWARDSHIP is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.

Stewards of the Church

"The pastoral letter next considers the community of faith, the People of God, which is formed by the New Covenant in and through Christ. Each member of the Church shares in responsibility for its mission; each is called to practice stewardship of the Church. Christians also are called to look outward and to place themselves at the service of the entire human community, especially those who are most in need. The Eucharist is both the sign and the agent of this expansive communion of charity."

- Excerpt from Stewardship: A Disciple's Response
10th Anniversary Edition
USCCB Pastoral Letter

 

"To imitate the love of Jesus Christ is a most challenging task. In our human nature, this is not possible. Yet, we have not first loved God. God has first loved us. By opening our hearts to receive this gift of God’s love, we begin to love in a way that transcends our human nature. This call to love is not just a feeling of love, but rather, it is a decision to love. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (I Corinthians 13:7).

The disciple perseveres to love through all stages of life. To love may be very difficult at some stages and easier at others. But we do not walk this journey of life alone. Without question, Jesus’ model and commandment was to love and grow in holiness.

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 14: 34-35).

Stewardship is a conversion journey of receiving God’s love and returning love to Him. A conversion requires prayer, reflection and time to allow God to show us who we are, and the person of love that we can become. Throughout the conversion experience, the disciple yearns to change and grow into the person God created them to be - a steward uniquely His own, but united in one Body through Jesus Christ. Stewardship transforms lives because of its love, and it is in this transformation process and conversion journey towards love that we give new life to the Church.

“If you wish to come after me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. For if you wish to save your life you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake you will save it.” (Luke 9: 23-24)

The famous Christian author, C.S. Lewis, once wrote, “A person whose hands are full of parcels cannot receive a gift.”

Today, one of the spiritual evils facing our nation is a growing materialism and consumerism. When one holds so tightly to material possessions, one cannot receive the spiritual gifts that God wishes to give to His beloved children. God transforms a steward beyond mere human kindness to a love of sacrifice and detachment, enabling the steward to continually receive God’s gifts. When a steward loves God above treasured earthly possessions, God provides the grace for the steward to love to an even greater depth. This depth of love is a growth in holiness.

This is one of the joyful rewards of a stewardship way of life.

In the deepening conversion of love, the steward learns to give of self through time, talent and treasure, not out of obligation and duty, but out of sincere desire. The steward recognizes within the very nature of the human person, an inherent need to give. For the steward, this way of life and giving of love becomes as natural as breathing itself."

-Excerpt from The Pillars of Parish Stewardship
Catholic Diocese of Wichita

 

Watch it here!
Click here to watch the short video, 'The Stewardship Way of Life'

"Our hopes in producing this video was to assist us in... Knowing and understanding our past 30 years living the Stewardship Way of Life as a diocese; acting responsibly with this gift of Stewardship in the present; and to continue dreaming and hoping for the future." - The Catholic Diocese of Wichita

Click here to watch the short video,  "What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the responsibility of protecting and promoting the mission of the Roman Catholic Church; to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Stewards of the Catholic Church, it is our responsibility to spread God’s word and in doing so, to expand Catholic Giving through charity programs, education and ministries. The Office of Development plays an integral role to ensure that these goals are attained. - The Archdiocese of San Francisco

We invite you to learn more about how we encourage Stewardship by watching the above short videos.

 

Prayer for a Stewardship Parish

Dear Heavenly Father,

My parish is composed of people like me; I help make what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring people to worship & fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a parish of noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with your help, O God,
I shall dedicate myself, to the task of being all things that I want my parish to be.


AMEN

Copy of prayer obtained from the Catholic Stewardship Consulting, 2016 Stewardship Conference, Wichita, KS.  Printed with permission from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

 

Stewardship Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

You came to bring peace and offer reconciliation.
You sent your Spirit to heal the separation between people,
and to reveal how it is possible for women and men
to overcome their differences and celebrate their unity
through your body and blood.
You revealed your Father as the Father of all people;
a Father who cares for every single individual
and embraces them with love and mercy.

It is that love and mercy, made manifest by your cross,
that shines your light on us all, creates new life,
offers a new way of living, and brings a Gospel message that is a sign of hope.

Give us the courage to live your Gospel fully
even when it brings risk,
to share your word vibrantly even if it leads to scorn,
and to respond to others generously
even when we feel like holding back.
Show us the way to live as good stewards of your presence among us,
and in doing so, may we shine your light on a darkened world.

AMEN



Links to References:



Stewardship: A Disciples Response (pdf)
Includes a summary of the US Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
and Stewardship & Development in Catholic Dioceses & Parishes a resource manual.



 
The Pillars of Parish Stewardship (pdf)
Prepared by the Office of Stewardship
Catholic Diocese of Wichita, KS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEWARDSHIP is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.

The Stewardship Council works hand in hand and meets regularly with the Pastoral Staff and the Youth Directors of our parish.

STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS
Manuel Almojuela
Nerissa A. Broas
Judy Butler-Davis
Jim Davis
Raymond Del Rosario
Noemi P. Diaz
John Paes
Noel Panelo
Anna V. Quijano


PASTORAL STAFF
Fr. Rene R. Ramoso, Pastor
Fr. Ed Dura, Associate Pastor and Spiritual Director
Sr. Nona M. Barairo, sfcc, DRE, Faith Formation
Patricia Abdelalim, Operations Manager
Amor Baldomero, Administrative Assistant
Rev. Mr. Nestor Fernandez, Deacon
Rev. Mr. Virgil Capetti, Deacon
Melanie Macaraeg, Youth Director
Daniel P. Diaz, Youth Director
Linda F. Gamboa, Assistant to the DRE, Faith Formation

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We welcome all who are ready to recognize, receive and 
share God's gifts in love of God and neighbor!
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Established May 2016

 

Sat/Sun, Oct 28/29, 2017 is Commitment Sunday for Stewardship of Time.

Sat/Sun, Nov 5/6, 2017 is Commitment Sunday for Stewardship of Talent.

Sat/Sun Nov 18/19, 2017 is Commitment Sunday for Stewardship of Treasure.

Have you reflected on how you are involved at St. Augustine?  Do you serve in parish ministries? Do you come to parish-wide events?  Are you taking steps to improve your spiritual life and further study our Catholic Faith?

What would you promise God in return for all the blessings you have in your life?

During this year's
Stewardship Renewal, please remember to reflect upon these questions before filling out your Commitment Card.
Thank you and God bless!

 

Stewardship of Talent
Interested in participating in one of the outreach feedings of the
St. Augustine Feeding Ministry?
To view their schedule, simply click on the image below.

 

WATCH IT HERE!

THE STEWARDSHIP
WAY OF LIFE

A short video by the Catholic Archdiocese of Wichita KS

WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
A short video by the Archdiocese of
San Francisco, CA

For infomation on ways and oportunities to participate in this meaningful,
and transformative way of life please contact the parish office at (650) 873-2282 or

INQUIRE HERE

 

PRAYER RESOURCES

Stewardship of Time


By Loyola Press,
A Jesuit Ministry


Ignatian Spirituality



Pope Francis Reflections

 


Daily Reading & Prayer