About the Ministry
The Stewardship Committee has the purpose of fostering stewardship within the parish as “A Way of Life.” While St. Theresa’s Parish is quite active with participation in several ministries and has a healthy financial support for the parish, we hope to improve in assisting our parishioners in their faith journey. As Christians we are called to live differently. Our journey is to understand how stewardship is:
- A disciple’s response
- A conversion of heart
- An expression of love
- Centered in the Eucharist
- An honor and an opportunity
- Thanking God for all our blessings and in turn
- Returning to God a portion of our Time, Talent and Treasure
St. Theresa’s is composed of people like us. We help make it what it is. It will do great work, if we work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if we are generous givers. It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if we invite and bring them. It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with a noble spirit, if we, who make it what it is, are filled with these same things. Therefore, with the help of God, we shall dedicate ourselves to the task of being all things that we want our church to be.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. As Catholics, realizing all that we have is a gift from God, we are encouraged to reflect on our blessings, increase the gifts God has given us and share with others. By giving of ourselves and helping those around us, we are practicing Christian Stewardship.
St. Theresa has a Stewardship Committee, as part of the Pastoral Council. This committee is working on developing a plan for the implementation of the principles of stewardship in our parish. We strive to help St. Theresa’s parishioners to make stewardship “A Way of Life.” This is truly a transformative process from where we are. We will strive to increase the commitment of all parishioners in practicing stewardship by becoming disciples of Christ.
The first phase of implementing stewardship as “A Way of Life” at St. Theresa’s is to educate the committee. To do this we have:
- Attended the Annual International Catholic Stewardship Conference learning about stewardship and how to influence our parishioner’s journey
- Accessing as much material as possible to understand what stewardship really is.
- Attempting to get parish leadership supportive of our objectives are by apprising them what we are about and what our plans are.
The Stewardship Committee is working on development of a new web site which can be useful in
- Keeping parishioners informed generally about ministries and our faith
- Helping in the discernment process for parishioners regarding how they can be involved and committed
- Providing ongoing information – activities, calendar, events, etc.
- Informing our many visitors to St. Theresa relative to various activities
- Facilitating On Line Giving
The committee is developing a plan for the introduction of stewardship. This will include an educational process leading up to a “Commitment Sunday.” This will be an annual process.
Dale Webster 875-0792