"Using God's Gifts; Doing God's Work"
Commitment Weekend - May 7 & 8, 2011
- What are your gifts?
- What ministries match your gifts?
- What will be your commitment or re-commitment to an abundant Catholic life?
THE FOUR PILLARS OF STEWARDSHIP
1. "When I was a stranger, you welcomed me."
Jesus teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself. By living the Pillar of Hospitality, we seek to see the face of Christ in one another. We foster a sense of belonging, not only among each other, but also towards the newcomer.
This pillar helps all parishioners feel that they have an ownership in the community. While certain ministries have hospitality as their focus, there is an important element of it present in all ministries.
2. "Thy Will Be Done"
Prayer is the most important Pillar. Members who embrace the four pillars of Stewardship and nourish their souls through prayer and the Sacraments are disposed to receive God's abundant graces. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Eucharist, as our central prayer, holds a deep connection with Stewardship.
In both our personal and communal prayer, we turn to God to discern our talents and gifts; to discern Hill Will. Using our time, talent, and treasure is our response to the conversation with God that is prayer.
3. "And they shall be taught of God"
Here lies the heart of the steward's personal response as a disciple - to share what one has received and to share it with a generous, grateful, and loving heart. Inherent within each individual is the need to give; to move from selfishness to selflessness.
This formation is a lifelong journey of conversion. Lifelong formation is a formidable task, involving education of the mind and the conversion of the heart for all ages. Ongoing education for children and adults is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards - you never graduate from formation.
4. "I have come, not to be served, but serve"
Just as members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or have needs. People seek the parish family as a primary community to serve and to be served; to give and to receive. The members of a stewardship parish recognize that they also have a need to give beyond the parish. They have a need to serve and to give anywhere in the global community. Service, by those of all ages, provides the opportunity to practice hospitality, prayer, and formation.