Stewardship
 

STEWARDSHIP - TIME, TALENTS, TREASURE


Stewardship is the realization that everything we have is a gift on loan to us and then sharing these loaned gifts to others to build up the kingdom of God.. These loaned gifts can be grouped under three main areas:

T - Time
T - Talent
T - Treasure

These three T’s are gifts loaned to us, not given to us outright. For example, the money we “have” is really a gift from God loaned or entrusted to us. It is really not our own. The same with our “time” and talents”. We are expected to share these gifts on loan to us to fulfill God’s plan for us on earth.


A healthy spiritually based parish is anchored on the idea that we are called to share our time, talents, and treasure to build up our parish community. If we do this, we are only sharing what the Lord has loaned to us in the first place. “Well done good and faithful servant” refers to the talents the Master gave to his servants, asking them to use them for good purpose.


Santa Maria Goretti relies on each parishioner sharing those valuable loaned gifts of time, talent, and treasure. This is our call.


TOGETHER IN FAITH - FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY


Santa Maria Goretti has been working very hard to assure revenues and sufficient to operate the parish. This has been a real challenge since we are no longer allowed to raise funds through bingos or casinos.


A committee was established in early 2009 to address this challenge. This committee adopted a “Together in Faith” theme or name after a parish survey was completed. Parishioners clearly preferred the “Together in Faith” theme.


Financial sustainability means the parish can support itself week to week, month to month, and year to year based on donations from parishioners. “Together in Faith” suggests financial sustainability efforts must be based upon true values of stewardship. The three T’s are fundamental to assuring a parish remains healthy and dynamic:

T- Time
T- Talent
T- Treasure

These three T’s are gifts loaned to us, not given to us outright. For example, the money we “have” is really a gift from God loaned or entrusted to us. It is really not our own. The same with our “time” and talents”. We are expected to share these gifts on loan to us to fulfill God’s plan for us on earth.


Thank you for your sharing of your three T’s. We are making progress and are doing better each month.

“Together in Faith” means we can keep our parish alive and healthy will into the future. The word “Together” mean each of us has to play our part.


FINANCIAL SUMMARIES


This location contains monthly financial summaries as they relate to the Financial Sustainability Campaign for the parish.


MINISTRIES & VOLUNTEERS
The Call to Lay Ministies


Every baptised person is part of the mystical body of Christ. We have been entrusted by Jesus to carry out His Mission here on earth. The Church cannot fulfill this mission without lay people responding to the call of Jesus.


Through Baptism we are given the graces to respond to the call of the Lord. A wonderful way of such a response is by being an active part of the parish of Santa Maria Goretti... part of the large group of parishioners that keep things going. Without dedicated people in ministry, the parish could not exist.


Volunteering for ministry is partially responding to the call of Stewardship. Stewardship is the realization that everything given to us is really a gifts “on loan”. They are entrusted to us so we can make our parish alive and vibrant, and ultimately the world a better place.


The three T’S:

T- Time
T-Talent
T-Treasure

By responding to the call to serve in one of the many lay ministries of the parish, we really are answering all three T’s.


We are giving of our time. We are sharing our talents (our skills, experience, abilities). This is lay ministry in the Christian sense. We are sharing our time and talents in the Ministry of the Lord.


The parish of Santa Maria Goretti can only function well when parishioners become involved, share their talents, and volunteering for any one of a large variety of possible ministries. No matter what the interests and talents of people may be, there will be an opportunity of using these talents to good use.


The parish has a lay ministry volunteer form which is located below or parishioners can simply call the parish office and talk to our pastor: (780) 422-8304.