Parish Support Commitment 2012
“Well done, my good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21
September 30, 2012
Peace and blessings to you!
As we celebrate the annual Feast of St. Therese, we begin our 2012-2013 Parish Stewardship Commitment Effort. It is time again for each of us to consider, pray, and commit ourselves to supporting our parish faith community of St. Therese through giving of our time, talent(s), and financial support.
Stewardship is not a “once a year program,” it is a way of life! Enclosed in this mailing is a pamphlet explaining stewardship. Please take the time to read it and reflect on it. The key statement in the pamphlet is: “At the heart of it all is our relationship with Christ.”
Stewardship is not fundraising or a capital campaign to purchase an item. While these ways of raising money are good, they do not call forth a way of life. Stewardship is a decision how to live one’s life as a response to God the Giver of all Gifts – to give an amount of time in service or in ministry (according to one’s abilities) and a percentage of one’s income for the support of the parish and other charities.
The Biblical tithe is our guideline and our goal–a total of 10%–5% for the support of the parish and its ministries and 5% to other charities (for example, United Way, Red Cross, Sharing Sunday, etc). For many of us unaccustomed to tithing, we start at whatever percentage we now give and aim to take steps each year so that we can reach the giving goal of 5% to the parish and 5% to other charities. Consider thinking about it this way: 2.5% is one hour’s wage per week. 5% is two hour’s wage per week; 10% is four hour’s wage per week. Taking a step of faith in increasing our giving is sometimes not easy but is well worth the effort because God cannot be outdone in generosity.
Enclosed in this mailing are the pamphlet, a booklet describing the various parish ministry (time and talent) opportunities, and a commitment reply form. Please return the 2012-2013 Parish Stewardship Commitment Reply Form by placing it in the collection basket, mailing it to the parish office, or completing it online. We ask that you kindly return the form no later than October 31st.
Thank you for your commitment to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to St. Therese Parish. May our patron, St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower, intercede for you and your loved ones.
The Finance/Administration Committee
- Doug Sedlar, Finance/Administration Chair
- James Balliet, Trustee-Treasurer
- Dr. Alexandra Guliano, Parish Director
- James Holmes, Parish Council Chairperson
- Kathy Hubrich, Trustee-Secretary