Listen to: Deacon Mike Partida / Homily - Hospitality / July 2013

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More than a committee or a program…Stewardship… A Way of Life
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
"...there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism that people place their gifts, their resources, their very selves, at God's service in and through the Church..."Stewardship: A Disciple's Response - US Catholic Bishops 1992
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is recognizing that everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God. Stewardship is living a life of gratitude – taking the time every day to recognize the gifts that God has given us and to be grateful for them. It is trusting in God, trusting that he will always provide for us. The theology of Stewardship is biblically based.  It is discipleship and as disciples we strive to put God first in all things.  Stewardship is giving a portion of the gifts that God has entrusted us with in the form of time, talent and treasure to support His work here on earth. Someday we will be called to give an accounting of how we used those gifts to advance the kingdom of God. Stewardship is conversion of heart and a personal spirituality, something for each of us to embrace as a way of life for a lifetime.
What does it mean to live the Stewardship way of life?
Living each day as a good steward means; answering our own personal call from Jesus Christ to be his disciple; following his example of loving service to others. Our gifts of time, talent and treasure from God are not meant to be kept only for our own use, but to be shared with our faith community and others so everyone has a share in God’s abundant graces.