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.
Our renewal commitment weekend this year took place on October 26-27, 2019. 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
Mary Anne Votion
(210) 494-1606, ext. 345
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