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Now as plans are underway to build a new church to accommodate our vastly growing parish and in an effort to sustain our efforts to carry out the Lord’s work, it is evident that we must create an environment conducive to not only the physical growth of the parish, but to the emotional and spiritual growth of its members. After reviewing best practices and learning that to instill such a culture, we should implement some type of stewardship initiative, we began planning and brainstorming on the details of such a plan. With the global perception that stewardship is synonymous with fundraising and the understanding that engaged and empowered parishioners are the foundation to which parish activities could be sustained, the stewardship planning efforts began focusing more on discipleship, and thus, a Call to Discipleship was born. Closely aligned with the US Catholic Conference of Bishops’ concept of stewardship as a disciple’s response, and the nature of discipleship being unique to each person depending on where they are at in their conversion process, discipleship seemed like a better fit for our parish. With stewardship as an expression of discipleship and discipleship’s ability to change how we understand and live our lives, there will be three phases of this series: “ Call to Pray,” “ Call to Serve” and “ Call to Give.” Each one will serve as an opportunity for us to learn more about what we are being called to do, evaluate our level of faith, reflect on our own lives, and determine how we can best share our gifts of time, talent and treasure. As followers of Christ, we recognize that God is the source of all that we are and have received. We are grateful for what we received and are eager to cultivate our gifts out of love and thanksgiving. We understand that by doing so we are not only helping to build the Kingdom of God, but are securing our place in it as well. Furthermore, we can seek comfort knowing that our efforts will not go unnoticed as conveyed in Luke 6:38 – “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Call to Discipleship

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