First Reading — God’s covenant with Noah when he was delivered from the flood (Genesis 9:8-15).
Psalm — Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant (Psalm 25).
Second Reading — The water of the flood prefigured baptism, which saves you now (1 Peter 3:18-22).
Gospel — This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:12-15).
Our understanding of a Stewardship Parish
Very simply, a parish full of good stewards – people who actively use their time, talent and treasure to build the Kingdom of God.
We worship as one and reach out to all. In:
- Gratitude – A good steward is grateful. When we are filled with a deep sense of gratitude we are most willing to share our gifts to build the Church. The good steward recognizes that everything is a “gift” and has a desire to pass along these gifts to others.
- Priority – A good steward makes God the first priority in everything – family, finances, friendships, and use of time – everything. Stewardship is about making first things first.
- Love – Christ loved us and poured out his life for us and calls us to that same kind of love. A good steward shares out of love – love for God, for the Church, and for our parish.
Hallmarks of a Good Steward
Good Stewards of Time…
• Make Mass your top priority on Sunday
• Schedule time for daily prayer
• Pray together with family and loved ones
Good Stewards of Talent…
• Re-commit yourself to your current parish ministries
• Pray about which new ministry to join
• Train your children to serve in the Church
Good Stewards of Treasure. . .
- Strive to give 5% to the weekly offertory, 3% to The Bishop’s Faith Appeal and 2% to other charities
- Commit to a specific gift each week or month Use offertory envelopes or On Line Giving Direct
All of these elements are equally important. Without financial resources, we would have no church to worship in... Without prayer, our church would be spiritually empty... Without personal involvement in ministry, we could not bring the Good News to others.