Stewarship Committee Info

Stewardship: A Grateful Response to God's Love – The Gift of Self

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.

 

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God reveals his perfect and infinite love for us most visibly in his Son, Jesus Christ. A steward makes God's love visible by imitating Jesus. The more deeply one grows in love for God, the more one grows in heart to see stewardship as a way of life, a way of love, imitating God's love for us. Stewards see everything good as gifts received from God and they respond in gratitude with the gift of self.

The Four Pillars of Stewardship

  • Hospitality - Christian Kindness

 

"When I was a stranger, you welcomed me."  -Matthew 25:35


Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ himself. Parishioners of a stewardship parish need to see the face of Christ in one another. A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish regardless of the parish demographics: large or small; urban, suburban or rural.

 

"The Catholic Church is big enough and the Mass is rich enough to not only share in the joy of the baptism of a newborn, but to support the widow who lost her husband of 50-years. Hospitality is the ability to take in and welcome both. We are called to be good neighbors." -Father Golka, St. Patrick Church in North Platte, Nebraska

 

 

  • Prayer - A Heart to Heart with God

 

"Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies."  -Characteristics of a Christian Steward

 


Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

 

  • Formation - Continuous Conversion

 

"Being a disciple is not just something else to do, alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion."  -USCCB Stewardship a Disciples Response, Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

 


Formation is a formidable task, involving education of the mind and conversion of the heart. To know the stewardship way of life, does not make one live a stewardship way of life. Ongoing Catholic education is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards.

 

 

  • Service - Love in Action

 

"Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me." -Matthew 25:40

 


Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and Church. Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation. The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and return God's gifts.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1100 West Street P.O. Box 539
Tonganoxie, KS 66086
(913) 369-2851
sacredhearttongie@gmail.com