Stewardship Articles

So you may be asking…what is stewardship?

Christian stewardship begins with a sense of who we are as Christians — as disciples of our Lord Jesus. A good steward recognizes that all blessings come from the Lord and these blessings are to be used to serve all of creation.

This concept of Stewardship as a way of living focuses not on our temporal (temporary) needs such as facilities and debt; rather, it focuses on our spiritual “need to give.” This need lies within all our hearts. Our loving God created us in His image with the potential — and expectation — that we share our gifts with the world around us.

Stewardship is a way of living.
It is a lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility. It is the acknowledging of God as the Creator and the Owner of all. Christian Stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all God’s gifts. Gratitude for these many gifts is expressed in our prayer, worship, offerings and action. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts (everything we have — our time, talent, and treasure) that we have been given.

What Is STEWARDSHIP And Where Is My Money Going?

Stewardship is not just about tithing, but also the sharing of our time and talent. But since we do have to keep the lights on… let’s examine the variety of tithing options and outreach opportunities we have in this vibrant community we call St. Michael.

Stewardship Tithe: Donations that go towards the operating cost of the parish which include, utilities, maintenance, equipment, supplies, employee payroll and benefits, parish ministries, etc.

Tuition Assistance: Donations that go towards offsetting the parish support to those parish families who cannot afford the full cost of Catholic education in St. Michael School.

Reaching Out: Donations that go towards the parish portion of the Archdiocese Special Collections such as Opportunities for Life, Catholic Relief Services, Retired Religious, Missions, etc.

Special Projects: Donations to help offset the cost of projects or extraordinary expenses that are not included in the parish budget, such as air conditioning/HVAC repairs, maintenance or equipment repairs, etc.

St. Vincent DePaul: Donations to help those in need by practicing the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.
  
Growing a Circle of Faith – Building Fund: Donations to help reduce the debt incurred on the loan for building the new church

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