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
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 it is a disciple’s response, “Beginning in conversion, change of mind and heart, this commitment is expressed not in a single action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life...committing one’s very self to the Lord.”
Over the next 4 weeks you will hear about what it means to be a Missionary Disciple. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live. Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards.
This year the Gospel for Stewardship Weekend November 6 & 7, speaks to us about the poor widow. You may remember her; after those who had more means had stepped up to the treasury and given their tithe, “A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.’” This story, besides pointing to the heart of stewardship of the poor widow, refers to Jesus himself as he gave all that he had for us.
As we begin our 2022 stewardship drive and anticipate bringing our pledges to the altar of God after prayer and thoughtfulness, we remember: true stewardship calls us to give of our time, our talent, and our treasure. Have we taken the time to step back from our sometimes overwhelmingly busy lives to reflect on how we are participating in building the kingdom of God? Do we give our time? Do we share our talents? Do we contribute our treasure?
Thank you for your support of our annual stewardship drive. May God bless you and open your eyes to the needs of our community and inspire you to stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. Be sure to stop by our Picnic and Ministry Fair on October 31 and bring your completed pledge form to Mass November 6 or 7. You may hear the voice of the Lord calling you to “come follow me.”
Msgr. Kevin E. Ryan
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.
Our renewal commitment weekend this year took place on November 6 & 7, 2021. To all of you who made your pledge for the coming year, THANK YOU!
For those who have not had a chance to submit your pledge, it's not too late. Please prayerfully consider how God has blessed your life in time, talent and treasure, and take a few minutes to fill out your commitment card.
If you have any questions about your previous or current commitment, please do not hesitate to let us know.
If you would like to renew you pledge online click here.
Mary Anne Votion
(210) 494-1606, ext. 345
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.
ARCHBISHOP APPEAL FOR MINISTRIES
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 2021 Archbishop's Appeal for Ministries campaign goal for St. Mark is 25% of our registered parishioners to make a gift of $356 or greater. Contributions to the Archbishop's Appeal for Ministries 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.