The Call to Stewardship

Why stewardship?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that the "Church's love for the poor ... a part of her constant tradition" calls us to acts of mercy, social justice and right judgement when deciding how to allocate our resources - as individuals and as a society. A Vatican document on communion and stewardship states that as human beings made in the image of God, we are called to exercise stewardship in a physical universe, in communion with others. 

How does that translate for each of us, in our parish community and our daily lives in the greater community? First, it calls us to acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from a generous God and to be sincerely thankful for that, and then to figure out how we can share our time, talents and treasure with others, in a way that magnifies God's love for all of us.

Stewardship is not solely about fundraising but fundraising is a part of stewardship. As we use resources more responsibly, the consequential savings allows us to be more generous in responding to the needs of those around us. Sharing our time and talents with our parish and greater community provides both a financial and social impact, by reducing costs and helping others.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops presents Stewardship: A Disciples Response ... "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." it also states, "As with all things pertaining to the Gospel, stewardship is fundamentally the work of the Spriit in our lives. ... When we accept our lives as sheer gifts, the Spirit can use us as apt instruments for spreading the Gospel. Wherever the Spirit works, there is joy. Good stewards are always the joyful bearers of the Good News of Salvation."

The Stewardship Committee of Holy Cross seeks to raise the awareness of good stewardship principles by being actively involved with the parish's many ministries, organized under the banners of Parish and Family Life, Faith Formation, Liturgical Ministries, Pastoral Care, Social Action and Evangelism, as well as the Pastoral Council and the parish's administrative staff.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding stewardship at Holy Cross, contact the parish's Stewardship Committee chairperson by email at

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