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1 “The Four Pillars of Parish Stewardship” Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission Scottsdale, Arizona March, 2007

2 FOOL

3 The Word of God “Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”

4 Faithfully living the Gospel is the focus of many teachings of Jesus Christ. Parents best teach their children by the daily faithful example of faith, hope and love.

5 The Pillars of Parish Stewardship From Jesus Christ as the foundation and the capstone, four pillars arise in a stewardship parish: 1. HOSPITALITY 2. PRAYER 3. FORMATION 4. SERVICE

6 Download the Document Our diocesan website is Our diocesan website is Click on Stewardship / Giving Icon Click on Stewardship / Giving Icon Click on The Pillars of Stewardship document Click on The Pillars of Stewardship document

7 The Pillar of HOSPITALITY “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” (Mt 25:35) “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” (Mt 25:35) We cannot form stewards if the pews are empty. We cannot form stewards if the pews are empty. Perhaps a lack of understanding concerning our sacramental theology. Perhaps a lack of understanding concerning our sacramental theology.

8 “You’re Sitting in My Pew!” How do we as a parish family welcome one another? How do we as a parish family welcome one another? How do we welcome those who are visiting our parish? How do we welcome those who are visiting our parish? Do I understand hospitality to be an act of stewardship? Do I understand hospitality to be an act of stewardship?

9 “What Name Do You Give Your Child?” Significance of the name. Significance of the name. Holiness of the Name of God. Holiness of the Name of God. One loses anonymity when another knows your name. One loses anonymity when another knows your name. Pictorial Directory to match a name with a face. Pictorial Directory to match a name with a face.

10 We Are Called to Be a Parish Not a Clique When someone moves into the parish, how do we welcome them as members of our family? When someone moves into the parish, how do we welcome them as members of our family? “When you meet, eat.” “When you meet, eat.” Communion = ‘to be in union with = common union’ Communion = ‘to be in union with = common union’

11 Building Blocks for Hospitality Role of Pastor Role of Pastor Pastoral Planning Pastoral Planning Invitation Invitation Called by Name (Pictorial Directory) Called by Name (Pictorial Directory) Communication Communication Social Activities Social Activities Direct and Rapid Follow-Up to Invitation Direct and Rapid Follow-Up to Invitation

12 The Pillar of PRAYER “Thy Will be done.” “Thy Will be done.” Individual and Communal Prayer Individual and Communal Prayer Eucharist = “Thanksgiving” Eucharist = “Thanksgiving” For majority of parishioners, their one hour at Sunday Mass is their primary connection to the life of the parish family. For majority of parishioners, their one hour at Sunday Mass is their primary connection to the life of the parish family.

13 Our Need to Thank God “You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank You is itself your gift. Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace.” Preface to Eucharistic Prayer

14 Grace Grace is our participation in the life of God Grace is our participation in the life of God Grace is a total gift from God, something that we cannot merit or earn Grace is a total gift from God, something that we cannot merit or earn Grace leads us on our journey to the Kingdom of God Grace leads us on our journey to the Kingdom of God

15 “I Don’t Have Time to Pray” It is not true that so- and-so has more time than I do. It is not true that so- and-so has more time than I do. It is how I choose to use the gift of time that God gives me. It is how I choose to use the gift of time that God gives me. The faithful steward must pray daily, especially with prayers of gratitude in the heart. The faithful steward must pray daily, especially with prayers of gratitude in the heart.

16 Eucharistic People 70-75% of the Catholics in Diocese of Wichita attend Sunday Mass every week % of the Catholics in Diocese of Wichita attend Sunday Mass every week. 20 of the 93 parishes in the diocese have Perpetual Adoration. Many others have regular hours of adoration throughout the week. 20 of the 93 parishes in the diocese have Perpetual Adoration. Many others have regular hours of adoration throughout the week. 34 seminarians studying for the diocese this spring semester. 34 seminarians studying for the diocese this spring semester. 49 priests in the diocese under the age of 50 years old. 49 priests in the diocese under the age of 50 years old. Prayer is at the heart of a faithful steward’s life. Prayer is at the heart of a faithful steward’s life.

17 Building Blocks for Prayer Pastor Pastor Every parishioner Every parishioner Universal Call to Holiness Universal Call to Holiness Liturgy Liturgy Sacraments Sacraments Desire for Conversion Desire for Conversion Virtues Virtues

18 The Pillar of FORMATION “Knowledge is power.” True or False? “Knowledge is power.” True or False? Educating the mind and forming the heart are necessary steps in the steward’s growth. Educating the mind and forming the heart are necessary steps in the steward’s growth. New emphasis upon adult faith formation. New emphasis upon adult faith formation. Family is the domestic Church. Family is the domestic Church.

19 Parents Are The First Teachers of Their Children in the Ways of the Faith How can parents teach the faith when they feel inadequately prepared to do so? How can parents teach the faith when they feel inadequately prepared to do so? There is no “graduation” from faith formation! Faith formation is a life-long endeavor. There is no “graduation” from faith formation! Faith formation is a life-long endeavor.

20 Faith is a Journey: Do We Know the Way? “The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From great courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependency; From dependency back again to bondage.” Sir Alex Fraser Tytler

21 The Disciple’s Response To know the stewardship way of life does not make one live a stewardship way of life. To know the stewardship way of life does not make one live a stewardship way of life. Life-long formation of the individual and the parish is critical. Life-long formation of the individual and the parish is critical.

22 Building Blocks of Formation Pastor – travels his own journey of formation Pastor – travels his own journey of formation Stewardship Committee Stewardship Committee Lay Witness Talks Lay Witness Talks Needs Identification Needs Identification Parish Ministries Parish Ministries Ongoing catechesis from childhood to adults Ongoing catechesis from childhood to adults Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities

23 The Pillar of SERVICE “I have come not to be served, but to serve.” “I have come not to be served, but to serve.” Service within the parish, but also to serve outside the parish boundaries. Service within the parish, but also to serve outside the parish boundaries. Emphasis upon the intention of the steward. Emphasis upon the intention of the steward.

24 Giving to a Need vs. A Need to Give There will always be needs present in this world. There will always be needs present in this world. Even if there were no needs however, we still have a need to give. Even if there were no needs however, we still have a need to give. God created us with this need to give. It is in giving that we receive. God created us with this need to give. It is in giving that we receive.

25 Building Blocks of Service Pastor – seek ways to allow him to do what is specific to his role Pastor – seek ways to allow him to do what is specific to his role Parish Council Parish Council Stewardship Committee Stewardship Committee Annual Renewal Process Annual Renewal Process Youth Involvement Youth Involvement Evaluation Evaluation

26 Receive what God gives Don’t cling toDon’t grasp things beyondat things their timebefore their time Accept what one receives and generously share


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