Holy Trinity is a Stewardship Parish. This means that as a parish community we are striving to embrace stewardship as a way of life. Stewardship is the recognition that all we are and possess are gifts from God. It reminds us to keep God first in all aspects of our lives.
As the U.S. bishops remind us in their pastoral letter, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” we are obligated by God’s generosity to “receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.”
What is a Stewardship Parish?
A stewardship parish is simply a parish made up of believers who recognize that they own nothing, that they are simply caretakers, stewards of all God has entrusted to them.
A stewardship parish:
Puts God first in all aspects of parish life, assuring all the parish does is for the glory of God and in response to God’s generosity.
Shares with others the gifts it has been blessed with.
Invites, develops and fosters the talents and skills of its parishioners.
Provides opportunities for parishioners to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, Scripture, liturgies, ministry participation, and ongoing education.
Is open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance for its ministries, leaders and mission.
How do I begin?
Stewardship is a lifelong journey. If you are not sure where to begin, prayer is an excellent place to start.
“Stewardship is a conversion journey of receiving God’s love and returning love to Him. A conversion requires prayer, reflection and time to allow God to show us who we are and the person of love that we can become. ” The Catholic Diocese of Wichita
Do you pray now? No matter what your circumstances are –prayer can help. If you are not sure of your relationship with God, start with a prayer. If you are too busy, pray for a break. If you are too tired, pray for rest. There are many reasons to pray and many ways to do so. You might pray in the mornings or before bed at night. You might pray alone or with your family. You might pray at church, while driving, or while relaxing at home. Prayer is an excellent way to begin sharing your time – first with God, and then with others.
What are some ways I might share my time, talent and treasure?
Once you’ve had a chance to reflect on your gifts of time, talent and treasure that God has blessed you with, it is time to look for ways to “share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” There are more ways to do this than you might think. For example you might pledge to –
- Pray or meditate regularly, being open to God's plan for you
- Join a Bible study or prayer group
- Attend church regularly and participate fully in the liturgies
- Ask a loved one for forgiveness or forgive someone else
- Contribute to a charity or a special cause
- Join a parish committee or ministry
- Visit a sick friend or family member
- Volunteer to help with a parish project or event
- Spend more quality time with family and friends
- Donate regularly to the church using your offertory envelopes or Faith Direct
- Offer assistance to a friend or neighbor
- Volunteer at your children's school
- Get to know more people in the parish
- Give to our Parish Share, Church Beautification or other special campaign
- Pray with your children or family members
These are just a few of many ways you might try to give back to God and those around you. Start simple - with just one thing. Soon you may find that you can’t wait to add something to your list!