2017 Stewardship Renewal Commitment Weekend
Nov. 12-13, 2016
Our renewal commitment weekend this year will take place on
November 12-13, 2016 at all Mass times. Please prayerfully consider how God has
blessed your life in time, talent and treasure.
To download a commitment card, please click HERE
A Letter from Msgr. Kevin Ryan
Dear Family of St. Mark,
“Stewardship is a way of life,” the United States Council of Catholic Bishops tell us. They also tell us that as we continue to grow in our understanding of stewardship, we become more aware that we are in need of conversion over and over again. We live in a country where we continually look for bigger and better at every turn. It is so easy to become consumed with what to wear, drive, eat, or where to go for vacation or even how to celebrate a birthday, wedding or any other event in our lives we wish to celebrate.
I want to share a short story with you. The grandchild of a friend wanted a new doll for her birthday. What could have been a simple gift to find instead required a trip to Houston to the American Doll Factory and Show Room. The opportunities were on a sliding scale of what you could afford. Accommodations went from simple to very luxurious, with a birthday party and a very large variety of dolls from small to life size which could be purchased. Wardrobes for these dolls were also required at a considerable cash outlay. The same scale applied to the hotel/motel experience that could be provided for the children and their families for this birthday celebration. Many of the children who attended shared a spa day to include nails and all the trimmings. The child whose birthday was being celebrated is age is 7.
When we return to the simplicity of sacred scripture and the nudge toward seeing God’s generosity to us and our response to God, we are only asked to give back to God from the “first fruits.” This is called a tenth or a tithe. If we look at an apple, we might consider how many bites we take out of our apple before we return it to God. Sometimes we give Him back just the core. So, as we renew our annual appeal for stewardship, I ask that you spend time in prayer with your family to consider what pledge you will bring to the altar of God at Mass on the weekend of November 12-13. Consider again how you offer to God your time, your talent, your treasure, and your thanksgiving.
Please consider joining one or more of the many opportunities to serve God here at St. Mark’s. There will be a new ministry list available at our upcoming Ministry Fair, which will be held in St. Francis Circle on November 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You are invited to join us for this special event, even if it is just for a few moments. You may meet some old friends and make some new ones. Our faith is celebrated in community. You are a very important part of building the Kingdom of God. We are told, “Jesus has no hands or feet but ours.”
Thank you for your support and may our good and generous God who provides for us every day bless you. May this be a new year and a new chapter in our understanding of stewardship. God is calling us to grow and be more aware. Are you ready to answer? Sincerely,
Msgr. Kevin E. Ryan
Steps to Becoming a Better Steward
Agree to return to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything He has give you, whether through inheritance, paychecks, investments, unexpected windfalls, an allowance, or a Social Security check.
Step 2—Determine your Stewardship Commitment
Giving, not until it hurts, but until it is deeply rewarding, is the key to authentic Christian stewardship. Sacrificial giving means making a sacrifice.
Step 3—Make a Decision
Follow the plan of action, fill out a Stewardship Commitment card when the time comes and bring your gifts to the altar.