Stewardship - A Way of Life

stewardshipStewardship is commonly misunderstood and associated with the concept of tithing, the practice of donating 10% of one's income. While the Second Vatican Council never created an official church law on tithing, it reiterated the importance of supporting the Church stating that Christians have a duty and an honor to give back to God a portion of their gifts.

In 1992, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expanded on this principle when they published a Pastoral Letter entitled Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. Their definition of stewardship reached far beyond financial contributions and encouraged Catholics to live their lives as disciples of Jesus.

Equipped with this knowledge, we have the "power to change how we understand and live out our lives." (Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, page 1) This thought conversion begins a life-long process of sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure out of gratitude, not out of obligation. Living our lives as true stewards reminds us of our baptismal promises and becomes the motivational force behind our actions.

 

Call to Stewardship 2017

Cardinal Tobin says it simply, “stewardship is what I do with what I have when I believe in God.” 

Every adult parishioner of St. Jude (including high school teenagers) is asked to recommit some portion of their time talent and treasure to St. Jude Parish by participating in this Stewardship Drive.  For St. Jude School and Roncalli High School families, completing this document is a necessary witness to your active membership in the parish.

How to make your commitment:

1. Complete online: clic here for form  (please note the online form is an individual form).

2. Or, return the paper family commitment form in the collection basket at Mass

Thank you for all you do for St. Jude. 

It is the work of many hands that make St. Jude the wonderful parish it is.