What is Stewardship?

A Steward is someone who takes care of that which belongs to another. A Christian Steward is someone "who receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord." (Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, USCCB, 1992).

There are four "pillars" on which people build lives of Christian Stewardship:

Prayer: Spending time dedicated to communion with God.

Hospitality: Creating a sense of belonging to the Church and to their own parish.

Service: Offering time and talent for the benefit of the Church and of the world.

Formation: Growing in knowledge and practice of a Catholic way of life.

Stewardship: Answering God's Call
Since Christian Stewardship is a way of life, it is meant to be practiced in community: in families, in parishes, in neighborhoods. Everyone in a group must work together for the same purpose: dedicating their lives to serving the Lord. The result of practicing Christian Stewardship as a way of life is to have Jesus Christ and faith in Him become the center of the steward's life. "As stewards of God's manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another." (1 Peter 4,10)

Parish Stewardship of Treasure

Contact: Church Office: (205) 655-2541, hiopcc@aol.com

There are two main accounts that our parish maintains. They are funded primarily through the weekly collection:

1. The regular collection for the operation of the parish.
2. The building fund collection to pay our debts for the construction of our new building.

We spend almost the same amount to pay our debts as we do to operate the parish, so it is helpful if parishioners give the same amount to each.

Children's Stewardship Envelopes

The My Stewardship envelopes provide a simple means of helping to develop the concept of stewardship even in the youngest members of our faith community. Although envelopes usually mean just money, that's not the case with the children's envelopes. The envelopes give the child the opportunity to contribute something other than money. Each envelope has a space for them to fill out that they did with their time and talent for the week. Envelopes are collected at all Masses. If your child(ren) would like to participate in our My Stewardship Program, envelopes can be found in the Narthex outside the Parish Hall before or after any Mass.

Our Stewardship Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your son, our saving grace, Jesus Christ, who is our greatest example of stewardship. Help guide us to use our talents, abilities, and blessings to serve you by serving others, so they will see your goodness in the world. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus' name. Amen.