During Lent of 2017, the Office of Stewardship presented Spirituality of Stewardship, a three-day Lenten Mission in the Diocese with Fr. Daryl Befort from Wichita, Kansas. The Lenten Mission will focused on a Threefold Call of Discipleship: Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, and Follow Christ. Watch the talks below.
Day 1: Deny Yourself
Day 2: Take Up Your Cross
Day 3 Follow Christ
Lunch and Learn with Catholic Pastoral Centre Staff
For more information, contact Eden D'Souza, Stewardship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 403-218-5520.
Spirituality of Stewardship: Lenten Mission
During Lent of 2017, the Office of Stewardship presented Spirituality of Stewardship, a three-day Lenten Mission in the Diocese with Fr. Daryl Befort from Wichita, Kansas. The Lenten Mission focused on a threefold Call of Discipleship: Deny Youreslf, Take up Your Cross, and Follow Christ.
The True Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ
Catholic speaker, author, and stewardship coach Tracy Earl Welliver explains how we do not merely volunteer for Christ when we serve Him in different parish ministries, but that we give our lives to Christ by serving in the Church because we truly love Him. This talk series is entitled "The True Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ", conducted in the Diocese of Calgary on September 2016.
This resource contains discussion questions that can be used in small group study. The document helps individuals grasp with the heart the meaning of stewardship. I recommend that parish councils and stewardship committees (also prayer groups in the parish) work through the text once a week for 5 weeks with a 6th week for making an action plan. The stewardship office has hard copies available for $10.
Deus caritas est (God is Love). Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical.
The theology and principles in this resource are a wonderful formation tool for stewardship spirituality. Part one offers a speculative reflection on love. Part two is a reflection on the meaning of charitable giving. The Stewardship Office has hard copies available for $5.
Exploring Deus Caritas Est
Exploring Deus Caritas Est is a 4-part process for small groups. Written by Anthony Garascia and published by Ave Maria Press, the study guides are available as free downloads. They are also included here for easy access by your parish groups:
- Deus Caritas Session One
- Deus Caritas Session Two
- Deus Caritas Session Three
- Deus Caritas Session Four
Stewardship: 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'
A Pastoral Letter by Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Edmonton
This document is shorter than Disciple's Response but still offers some discussion questions at the end. It is a very good resource and introduction to stewardship. The stewardship office has hard copies available for $0.50 a piece.
- Pastoral Letter: "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Stewardship and Teens
Cardinal Mahoney, Archbishop of Los Angeles
The Little Burgundy Book: Six Minute Reflections.
The diocese of Saginaw, Michigan has published three out of four of these books, one for each Gospel, based upon the writings of the late bishop, Ken Untener. So far, they have Mark, Luke, and John available. Those who have used these books find them invaluable and an easy but significant way of bringing stewardship into the prayer-life of busy people.
There are a few copies available in the diocesan stewardship office.
Pray Always and Never Lose Heart: A Treasury of Private Prayers for the Christian Steward
National Catholic Stewardship Council, Inc. 1998.
This collection of private prayers is available at the Resource Centre library.
Copies are available for purchase at the stewardship office ($15).
Stewardship: Disciples Respond. A Practical Guide for Pastoral Leaders.
Catholic Stewardship Council, Inc. 1997, 2004.
This book is filled with ideas for implementing stewardship practices in your parish.
It is available at the Resource Centre library. Copies for purchase are available at the stewardship office ($10).
The Office of Stewardship is pleased to present Catholic speaker, author, and stewardship coach Tracy Earl Welliver focuses on “The True Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ.” In this talk series, Mr. Welliver explains how we do not merely volunteer for Christ when we serve Him in different parish ministries, but that we give our lives to Christ by serving in the Church because we truly love Him.
The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 1): Cultivating Stewardship
The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 2): Everyday Stewardship
The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 3): Journey Toward Everyday Stewardship
The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 4): Becoming the YOU God Created
With a new school year upon us, many parishes in the Diocese are already busy organizing their “Stewardship Weekends.” During these weekends, parishioners can sign up to take part in parish ministries. To aid parishes and parishioners, the Diocese is pleased to introduce Tracy Earl Welliver, a Catholic speaker, author, teacher, and stewardship coach with more than 20 years experience in parish ministry. He will host a speaking series focusing on The TRUE Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ. The talks will explain how we do not merely volunteer for Christ when we serve Him in different ministries in the parish, but that we give our lives to Christ by serving in the Church because we truly love Him!
Tracy is currently the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for Liturgical Publications, Inc., having previously served for 22 years as Pastoral Associate at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. In 2009, this parish won the Archbishop Murphy Award for excellence in stewardship from the International Catholic Stewardship Council. Tracy has spoken on stewardship, engagement, and catechesis all over North America, Australia, and New Zealand.
Tracy currently writes the weekly reflection, Everyday Stewardship, published in bulletins and digital media around the country, and The Main Thing Blog at www.tracyearlwelliver.com. He is the author of the book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, and the resource pack Challenge, Choice, Vision, both published by Liturgical Publications. He has a BA in theology from DeSales University and a MTS from Duke Divinity School.
Below are the dates, parish locations and times that Tracy Earl Welliver will be speaking throughout the Calgary Diocese. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear this excellent stewardship speaker! For more information please call Eden D‘Souza at (403) 218-5520 or email email@example.com.
Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ,
stewardship is not an option
Just as God loved us by putting on flesh in the person of Jesus, so we love God by putting on Christ and loving others. Jesus makes the way of stewardship very clear. His self-emptying sacrifice on the cross was for our salvation. By working for justice, caring for those in needs and putting on abilities and resources at the service of others, we contribute to the mission of the church in continuing Jesus’ saving work in the world. We are co-redeemers with Christ and ourselves become stewards of the mystery of salvation. To be a disciple means to be like Christ and to continue Christ’s mission of the redemption of the world.
The 4 Principles of Stewardship
These are the four principles of stewardship.
- The 1st principle of stewardship is to receive God’s gifts with gratitude. Receiving engenders dependence on God. Gratitude acknowledges abundance.
- The 2nd principle of stewardship is to cultivate God’s gifts responsibly. Literally “steward” means “manager of the house.” God has entrusted His house to us. We are accountable to God for managing gifts given to us and we do so for the glory of God and in the service of humankind.
- The 3rd principle of stewardship is to share God’s gifts lovingly and in justice with others. The self-emptying sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is for us a model of sharing with love and in justice.
- The 4th principle of stewardship is to return God’s gifts with increase of the Lord. It is often the fear of losing what we have coupled with inertia the keeps us from giving. Yet, the Gospel urges us not to hoard or be content with the status quot. Faith in God’s love and abiding care gives us the confidence to give so that our gifts may bear fruit.
The Difference Stewardship Will Make
What difference will stewardship make in my life?
The world will never run out of needs. Trying to respond to the needs of the world on their own terms will leave the giver discouraged. Stewardship shifts the focus from the needs of others to our relationship with God. As we live out our baptismal commitment to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit united by love, we gradually grow in the life of discipleship so that our will and God’s will increasingly coincide and God becomes more deeply present to us that we are to ourselves (Deus caritas est, Benedict XVI). Stewardship changes your priorities so that self-abandonment becomes your will and God becomes your joy.
What difference will stewardship make in my parish?
Home is a place of love, safety, trust, and acceptance. It is also a place of responsibility, inter-dependance, teamwork, sacrifice, investment, and chores. Giving people a job to do, gives them a stake in the community. Parish stewardship is the difference between programs and people, the difference between planning and prayer, it’s the difference between fossilisation and evangelisation, and it's the difference between a place you visit and a place you belong.
What Can I Do?
There is no pre-fabricated program for stewardship. It requires a conversation of individual hearts and an ongoing transformation of a community. There are concrete stewardship practices. You and your parish are already doing many of these things to some degree. To increase the stewardship spirituality in your parish requires a conscious commitment to the process that rests upon a spiritual foundation, formation in prayer, the development of identify, and a build up of community through trust and accountability.