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2019 Stewardship Renewal


Our renewal commitment weekend this year took place November 2018. 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 hasblessed your life in time, talent and treasure, and take a few minutes to fill out your commitment card.

To download a commitment card, please click HERE. If you have any questions about your previous or current commitment, please do not hesitate to let us know. You may contact Laura Boren at (210) 494-1606, ext. 327 or lboren@stmarkevangelist.com.

A Letter from Msgr. Kevin Ryan


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 our 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 of financial support. It’s important to remember,though, that stewardship is about so much more than money.

God is both source and ultimate owner of all that we have, and He entrusts all that we have to our faithful care and use (ourstewardship). 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 aportion 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 ushave more than enough. I trust that each of you understand your own financial situations and give in a way that is right for yoursituation. We are guided through Scripture to give back to God. Giving is a spiritual practice that reminds us that we are usingGod-given resources for God’s purposes. Giving is also an expression of our gratitude for the ways this church -- St. Mark’s -- hasenriched 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 intoa commitment using the enclosed pledge card. Your stewardship gifts make it possible for St. Mark’s to support the variousneeds 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 of yourfinancial 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 21-22. Between nowand then, I ask you to please pray for God’s work within the St. Mark’s parish community and within your lives as you discernthe 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.


    Sincerely,


    Msgr. Kevin E. Ryan
    Pastor 


    Steps to Becoming a Better Steward

    Step 1—Pray  

    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.

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