Stewardship at St. Peter
Parish Stewardship at St. Peter Catholic Church
We believe Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live. As disciples of Jesus and Christian stewards we recognize God as the giver of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. If we believe that all does come from God as gifts and as scripture says, we are to cultivate it and return it with increase to God, then we believe he means ALL. When we talk about gifts of time, talent and treasure we too often focus on the treasure we give to our parish and to charity. BUT ALL means ALL!
Stewardship is not a way for the Church to raise money — it is a way for us to attain holiness. Stewardship is about transformation. It is a call to conversion and spiritual renewal. When we consider our participation in stewardship, we should never forget to include our time and talent. Giving time and talent expresses our gratitude to God who has given us these gifts to share with others. Stewardship is an act of Worship. Our prayerful gifts of time, and talent, are beautiful expressions of our faith – the way we give glory to God. By volunteering, we support our parish’s efforts to carry out the mission Christ gave us.
Stewardship is not about our generosity – it is about our response to God’s generosity. It is an expression of our desire to make God’s priorities our priorities. It is an invitation to place God first in our lives.
We invite you to get involved in the life of the parish. Your commitment to service will make a difference for you and for our parish. Offering our lives to God through our practice of Christian Stewardship is one of the many ways we pray. There is no better context to make our commitment to ministry than in the atmosphere of prayer and thanksgiving.
We encourage you to take some time to reflect on how St. Peter has been a blessing for you as you make a careful and prayerful decision discerning where and how the Spirit is calling you to serve.
Below you will find brief descriptions of time, talent and treasure. We encourage you to take the time to allow God's Holy Spirit an opportunity to work within you.
Stewardship of Time
Our practice of the Stewardship of Time encourages us to reserve time for prayer, the reading of scripture, spiritual reading, and other acts of worship and thanksgiving.
Stewardship of Talent
Our call to practice Stewardship of Talent is an invitation to live out our faith by discerning where and how the Spirit is calling us to serve. You might think of this as your personal invitation to follow your heart and passions in order to be the person God created you to be.
Stewardship of Treasure
Stewardship Giving is proportionate to what God has given us; the gift is a proportion of our resources. Stewardship Giving is Sacrificial—coming from our substance rather than our abundance. If you can give your gift and not notice it, it is not a sacrificial gift. There is no magic number that represents the “right” amount. The proportion you choose should be sacrificial and truly commensurate to what God has given you.
The holy Spirit is always with you, don’t be afraid to bring your faith alive!