Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. As Catholics, realizing all that we have is a gift from God, we are encouraged to reflect on our blessings, enhance them and share them with others. By giving of ourselves and helping those around us, we are practicing Christian stewardship.
In 1992, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops brought attention to this principal when they published Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response (Summary of U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter). Looking beyond financial contributions alone, this document encourages Catholics to live their lives as disciples of Jesus and to share their gifts of time, talent and treasure – more out of gratitude than obligation.
Stewardship Day 2018 videos
- Msgr. Gary Secor: Opening Remark & Larry Cadorniga: Building Parishioner Engagement
- Mike DiCosola: Stewardship of Parish Communications
- Married or Single, You Still Need to Be Engaged: Larry Cadorniga
- Find, Give and Live Your Strengths: Larry Cadorniga
- Stewardship of Communication: Mike DiCosola
- Successful Engagement with myParish App: Mike DiCosola
- Stewardship 101 – Simple Ways to Impact Your Stewardship Effort: Alex Arana & Michele Ostrowski (OSV)
Stewardship Day 2017 videos
- Fr. Andrew Kemberling: Why Make Stewardship A Way of Life
- Mila Glodava & Fr. Andrew: Building a Stewardship Parish
- Fr. Andrew Kemberling: Spiritual Meaning of Money
- Mary Ann Otto: Keeping the Stewardship Message Alive
- Mike DiCosola: The Language of Stewardship
- Jim Walsh: Parish Pastoral Plan & Stewardship
- Jeff Niebling: Stewardship & Estate Planning
- Catholic Charities Hawaii: Service and Evangelizaton
Stewardship Day 2016 videos
Stewardship Day 2015 videos
Stewardship Day 2014 videos
- Opening Remarks by Bishop Larry Silva, and Stewardship as Spirituality by Fr. Daniel Mahan video (Handout)
- Seven steps to success by Fr. Daniel J. Mahan, video (Handout)
Stewardship Day 2013 videos
- Opening Remarks by Bishop Larry Silva, and Stewardship as Spirituality by Rev. Andrew Kemberling
- Four Core Stewardship Values
- Eight Ways to Increase Collection
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Stewardship?
It is a complete lifestyle acknowledging God as Creator and Provider of all. It is the grateful receiving and responsible management of God's gifts, and the eager sharing of them as expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action.
Who is a Christian Steward?
As a disciple of Jesus, a Christian Steward receives God's gifts gratefully, manages them responsibly, and shares them joyfully, giving back to the Lord generously of one's time, talent and treasure.
How do I get started with Stewardship?
Stewardship is a journey of faith; it is more a process than a program. The key steps in the process can be summarized as such:
- Discern: Reflect on all that the Lord has provided to you.
- Develop: Build on your gifts and leverage your talents.
- Disburse: Begin an enhanced sharing of your time, talent and treasure.
How does the Parish Community get started with Stewardship?
Each parish is unique and must find the level of stewardship that is acceptable and comfortable for the parishioners. Most important you need to secure the personal involvement of your key leaders (pastor, staff, & lay volunteers). A commitment of time, effort, financial resources, and prayer for the long range is vital. A parish education program must be developed to communicate a clear and concise message, one that is repeated and included some way in all other parish programs and communications. Finally, a willingness to trust that as stewardship is taught and accepted as a faith response, urgently needed human, physical, and financial resources will follow.