Maximize God’s Blessings for His Glory
"A good steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them with justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord. Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response."
A Pastoral Letter on Stewardship USCCB.org
Stewardship is not about giving in response to a Church need. It isn’t about recruiting new volunteers for our parish ministries. Stewardship is about understanding that everything is a GIFT from God. In knowing that God has entrusted us to administer these gifts, we must be aware that He expects us to share them generously out of gratitude for His many blessings. Our stewardship of time, talent and treasure is not an effort to create a better relationship with God, but rather a response that comes from our personal relationship with God. Through prayer, each Catholic makes a decision to live out the Christian life as a good steward, thus returning to God a portion of the time, talent and treasure He has bestowed on us.
At St. Peter’s, stewardship is a way of life, not a program that has a beginning and an end. It is our journey. Stewardship is an expression of our discipleship, our commitment to be Christ-centered, not self-centered. Let us GIVE to God our “first fruits.”
Prayer - Spending Time with God ~ Stewardship involves spending time with God. Recognizing that every day is a gift from God, we strive to spend some of each day with God, through prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, scripture reading, quiet, meditation and other spiritual activities. During this time we ask God how He wants us to use the gifts He has given to us.
Participation - Sharing Talent - Stewardship involves sharing talent. Recognizing that God has given each individual unique skills and talents so that together we can do the work of Our Lord, we strive to share our own talents and to encourage and welcome others to also use their talents to participate in the mission and ministry of the Church.