"An Overview"

* Stewardship is a complete lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility acknowledging God as Creator and Owner of all. Stewards as disciples of Jesus Christ see themselves as caretakers of all God's gifts. Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action by eagerly sharing these gifts out of love of God and one another (National Catholic Stewardhip Council 1993). Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus; and where it has been implemented, both givers' and receivers' lives have been changed. Stewardship is a way of life, a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of the talent, treasure and time allotted to us.

* Stewardship is living out Christ's instruction to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)

* Stewardship is caring. Stewardship is responsible management of our God-given resources of talent, treasure and time. It enhances our relationship with God and one another.

* Stewardship builds happy, healthy families. Stewardship renews Christ's Church.

* Stewardship pleases God because the good steward is careful of creation, is respectful of justice and charity, and is prayerful at all times. "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." (Luke 12:48)

Our offering of talent, treasure and time is one way of saying: "We belong to the Lord and to one another."

Stewardship is an...

Act of Faith
We profess that we belong to God and all that we possess is His.

Act of Trust
We place our life in God's loving hands and make Him our treasure.

Act of Worship
We adore Him as the giver of all good gifts.

Act of Belonging
We unite our offering with the rest of our Parish Family so that together we might care for the needs of one another, especially the poor.

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good Stewards of God's varied grace".(1 Peter 4:10)