Every member of our parish is challenged to live their Catholic faith to the fullest by reaching out to others and focusing less on self. We are called to share our gifts with the Community so that they may become God's gifts to all. A true disciple has no other choice.
START ON A PATH OF DISCIPLESHIP
Celebrate the gift of Eucharist every weekend and Holy Day.
Pray together as a
family on a regular basis.
Spend time as a family
Offer at least one hour of service to your church community each week through a ministry of choice
Tithe a proportion of your gross income in your offertory envelope each weekend, recognizing that your earnings are also a gift from God
STEWARDSHIP IS A WAY OF LIFE
That is the basis for Stewardship. Stewardship is neither a secular term nor a code word for fund-raising. It is the way of life—the wise use of all that we are and what we have, knowing that what we are and what we are becoming comes from God. He is the creator of our world. He has called us to be co-creators in the use of the gifts He has given us and to be responsible in the way we use those gifts.
God has made us for his glory. He has given us new life—His love—through His Son, Jesus Christ. In that love, he empowers us through the Holy Spirit to reach out and look for the needs of one another and to build His kingdom among us, His family, the Church. God will one day ask us to give an account for the stewardship of time, talent and treasure that He has entrusted to us. Stewardship starts not with the need of the parish, no matter how important these are, but with the personal need of each one of us to return to God a truly grateful portion of our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings He gives us. Stewardship of finance, for example, says that more important than the material need of the parish is the need of the giver to give.
We profess that we belong to God and all that we possess is His.
We place our life in God’s loving hands and make Him our treasure
An Act of
We adore Him as the giver of all good gifts.
An Act of Community
We unite our offering with the rest of our parish family so that together we might care for the need of one another
An Act of Faith
An Act of Trust
A thankful portion must be the first portion. Jesus told us to seek first His Kingdom and everything else will be added unto us. When we decide that the first part of our stewardship belongs to God and to His poor, we are making a faith decision. We are trusting that what is life over after we have given God His share will be enough for us and our family.
Dear Family of St. Mark,
The arrival of autumn means so many things. It is the end of summer. School and faith formation classes are back in session. Our parish ministries start meeting up again. Autumn also brings to St. Mark’s annual renewal of our stewardship commitment. Every year at this time we prayerfully renew our commitments of time, talent, and treasure for the upcoming year.
Although it may not seem like it, we talk and practice about stewardship all year long. Our strongest emphasis on stewardship, however, falls during the time when we are also asking for your commitment to financial support. It’s important to remember, though, that stewardship is about so much more than money.
God is both the source and ultimate owner of all that we have, and He entrusts all that we have to our faithful care and use (our stewardship). He entrusts to us resources of time, talent, and treasure. He entrusts to us skills, energy, possessions, money, the earth, one another. He entrusts everything to us. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for our blessings as we return a portion of the many gifts that we have been given by God. We express our gratitude for these gifts through prayer, the liturgy, our offerings, and our action.
The issue of money is difficult for many people to address. Some of us do not have enough. Some of us have enough. Some of us have more than enough. I trust that each of you understands your own financial situations and gives in a way that is right for your situation. We are guided through Scripture to give back to God. Giving is a spiritual practice that reminds us that we are using God-given resources for God’s purposes. Giving is also an expression of our gratitude for the ways this church -- St. Mark’s -- has enriched our lives and an expression of our commitment to support this parish.
I hope you will prayerfully and thoughtfully determine the level of giving that is appropriate to you, and then turn that into a commitment using the enclosed pledge card. Your stewardship gifts make it possible for St. Mark’s to support the various needs of our parish, especially our liturgical, sacramental, and pastoral needs.
As your pastor, I am extremely grateful for what you have given year after year. I invite you to consider an increase in your financial commitment for the upcoming year. Here are some suggestions that may be of help as you pray about your response:
Increasing your gift by 1% of your annual gross income (or whatever percentage seems appropriate for you)
Being one of 250 families who will increase annual giving by $2,000
Being one of 500 families who will increase annual giving by $1,000
Once you have filled out your pledge card, please bring it with you to Mass on the weekend of October 26-27. Between now and then, I ask you to please pray for God’s work within the St. Mark’s parish community and within your lives, as you discern the role you will play in the St. Mark’s parish community and in the greater Catholic Church.
May God bless you for generously sharing your gifts as we build the Kingdom of God together as a parish family.
Msgr. Kevin E. Ryan
A Letter from Msgr. Kevin Ryan
I believe that You will always provide me with what I need if I only ask.
I know that whatever You give me is to be shared with others in my family, my parish, my community, my country, and the world.
Create in me a spirit of trust so that as I have been given, so will I give. Help me to use my gifts wisely, always aware You are the source of all blessings.
Grant that I may share my time, talent and treasure in ways that will bring glory to Your Son, Jesus,
who reigns with you now and forever.
A letter from Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller was recently sent out asking for your gift/pledge to support the ministries of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Archbishop asks for you to give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services supported by the Appeal.
The 2019 Archbishop's Annual Appeal campaign goal is $4,500,000, and St. Mark's parish goal is $196,482. Contributions to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal can assure the continued existence of many important programs that help tens of thousands in our Archdiocese each year, including but not limited to the education of our children and seminary and students care of the sick and needy.