Stewardship Is What We Do After We Say ‘I Believe’
We are privileged to be entrusted with the greatest of all missions by our Redeemer … to build up the mystical body of Christ and a greater realization of Christ’s kingdom on earth. Will we be just as zealous, grateful, and self-giving as the apostles and holy men and women of prior ages? Let us pray that we will indeed!
In the Pastoral Letter of the United States Bishops, titled Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, we are invited see ourselves as Stewards and to view stewardship as a way of life. A Steward is defined as one who…
Receives God’s gifts gratefully,
Cultivates those gifts in a responsible manner,
Shares those gifts with all in justice and love,
Returns gifts to the Lord with increase.
Each of us has been given gifts and talents by the Lord. Jesus tells us
"no one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:15-16)
Some of us perhaps feel that our talents are limited But remember Jesus made the small gifts of the loaves and fishes enough to serve the multitude. When we show our gratitude to God by sharing our talents and resources, we multiply them throughout our parish and beyond. Christ’s miracle of the loaves and fishes occurs again whenever we give freely of ourselves to others. Just as in the parable, we will find ourselves fulfilled, less empty than we have ever been. One useful way to help discern the gifts that God has give you is to spend some time with our Gift Discernment Guide. The personalized results will guide you in finding a suitable area for you to serve in our parish.
Here at St. Brendan, we have so many opportunities for you to share your gifts and talents!
Our Time & Talent Guide is intended to assist you in striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus at St. Brendan’s, the greater community of our area, and even to distant shores. In addition, you will find many programs and initiatives that help to make you an even more effective disciple, practicing stewardship of time and talent as a way of life for you and your family.
The safety and well being of our volunteers and our entire parish family is very important to us. We diligently follow Archdiocesan guidelines regarding volunteer applications, background checks and Safe Environment training for our volunteers.
Please spend some time reviewing these helpful tools and prayerfully discern where our Lord is inviting you to share your special time and talents for the building of the body of Christ and the greater glory of God.
Dear Lord, Teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not count the cost,
to fight and not heed the wounds,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
– St. Ignatius of Loyola