02-03-2019 Stewardship

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
FEBRUARY 3, 2019 - FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10)
STEWARDSHIP
Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ and a good steward?

Jesus calls us to be his disciples, to learn from him and to follow him in his loving way of being in the world. Following Jesus is our vocation—our calling and our commitment. It is a total way of life that seeks our continuing conversion of mind, heart, and our entire being, striving to conform ourselves to the image and likeness of God in which we are created, as exemplified and manifested in and through the person of Jesus Christ.

As Jesus’s disciples, we are called to recognize God as the source of all life, and to be good stewards of the many blessings, talents, gifts, and resources which the Lord has given to each us. In its simplest terms, stewardship asks us to put God's priorities before our own, to become Christ-centered rather than self-centered.

Good stewards give the first portion of their gifts of time, talent, and material resources to the Lord's work in gratitude for the many blessings bestowed on us. This practice of giving of our "first fruits" incorporates the aspect of sacrificial giving. God does not judge us by how much we give, but by how faithful we are in generously sharing with others the gifts entrusted to us.

Stewardship is a lifelong commitment to our Lord. “As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord” (USCCB).

As baptized members of Christ’s Church, we are called to actively participate in, support, and sustain the mission of the Church to proclaim, teach, sanctify, and bring the reign of God’s love, peace, joy, freedom, justice, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, healing, transformation, and salvation to those persons, organizations, and cultures we encounter in our time and place, and especially to the poor and those in need.

Each of us is called to join in this mission, sharing the gifts, talents, material resources, and other blessings that God has entrusted to us and other disciples, through our Holy Rosary-St. Richard Parish community, joined together with other parishes in our Archdiocese, in our country, and with the universal Church.

It is primarily through our Parish community, guided by the Spirit, that we encourage, nourish, and support one another, provide resources to guide and assist us in the practice of being loving disciples of Jesus, and to actively participate in the mission of his Church. The Parish cannot do this without each person sharing their time, talent, gifts, material resources, and other blessings in gratitude with others in our Parish community.

The question we must each ask ourselves is whether we are generously and lovingly doing this? If not, then now is the time to begin.  family. 
Reflect on Your Experience

Can you name the talents, gifts, material resources, and other blessings that you have received?

Are you generously sharing these blessings with our Parish and Archdiocesan communities?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
Archbishop of Miami's Charity and Development Drive (ABCD) 2019

"Stewardship"

"Parish Stewardship"

"The Joy of Stewardship"

"Parish Stewardship"

"Stewardship Parish"
Music
"They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love" ("We Are One in the Spirit")

"God of Wonders"

"God of the Impossible"
Other Resources
"Stewardship" (USCCB)

"Stewardship: A Disciples Response (USCCB)

"Best Practices in a Stewardship Parish" (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)

"The Formation of Christian Stewards" (Diocese of Wichita)

"Definitions of Stewardship" (Archdiocese of Vancouver)

"Caretakers of God's Gifts"

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at: aff@hrsrcs.org

 

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