Stewardship at St Joseph

St Joseph Parish is working to become a stewardship parish. We are forming a parish Stewardship Council that includes the responsibilities of the parish finance committee but is much broader in scope. 

Together with the Pastoral Leadership Team, the members of our parish Stewardship Council are discerning what it means to be good stewards of parishioners’ time, talents, and treasure.  When this formative step is completed, the Council will evaluate what is needed to become a stewardship parish, identifying the resources we have, understanding our current realities, needs, and what’s working and what’s not helping, and then create plans for action to transform St. Joseph into a stewardship parish.

Our Mission:  To receive God’s gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible and accountable manner, share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  (1 PT 4:10)”

Our Vision:  Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives. Good stewards live with joy and gratitude for the blessings they have received—including those that have multiplied through diligence and hard work. Indeed, good stewards live in communion with Christ and through Christ and the Spirit strive to return all gifts to the Father “with an increase.”

What is a stewardship parish?

Here are eight key characteristics of a stewardship parish:

  • Prayer: Authentic stewards must be rooted in the sanctifying presence of Christ through prayer and sacraments that give spiritual nourishment and a bond of unity. Parishioners will be sustained, above all, with prayer and community building within the parish.
  • Hospitality: We will warmly welcome all members and all visitors. Everyone has something to contribute. Everyone is needed. Our parish community will be known for its hospitality, for the vitality of our faith, and for the depth of our service to people in need, inspiring our members to participate in ministry and to be generous in financial support.
  • Accountability: Consistent accountability is fundamental to good stewardship – from the way decisions are made and carried out by parish personnel to the way resources are collected, managed, and used to change lives.
  • Outreach: We will set aside a portion of parish resources (both financial and human) to serve persons in need in the parish, the community, the diocese, and the Universal Church.
  • Lay Witnesses: We will encourage and develop lay witness. The personal witness of members who have experienced Jesus and a change of heart because of their faith is essential to evangelization.
  • Shared Vision and Goals: Goals are set for all ministries that are challenging yet realistic and, when possible, measurable. Goals are communicated clearly to all parishioners with regular reports on the progress made toward reaching the various goals.
  • Re-commitment and Renewal: Stewardship is expressed not in a single process, but in a constant reminder and invitation to commit one’s very self to the Lord. Annual opportunities for re-commitment will help to transform individual lives and the life of the parish.
  • Theology of Stewardship: The Stewardship and Finance Council will create a systematic way of infusing the theology and practice of stewardship into the life of the parish – identifying opportunities for members of the parish to share their time, talent, treasure, and prayer and to establish an ongoing process to recruit, recognize, form, retain, and thank volunteers in all parish ministries.

To learn more about stewardship click here for the United States Council of Catholic Bishops document “Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response.”

Are you interested in becoming part of our stewardship journey?  Contact Fr. Anthony to discuss joining our Stewardship Council.