Stewardship is living life with thanksgiving for all that God has given us. Our very life, family, career, health, a home, and all the rest. All that we have was given to us by God. Whenever we receive a gift, we want to say thank you. We say thank you by giving God our time, talents, and treasure. We also do it by leading others towards Christ by the way we live. Good stewardship means using His gifts to serve him and serve our neighbors.
The U.S. Catholic bishops, in their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, describe a good steward as someone with four general qualities: 1) receives God’s gifts gratefully, 2) cherishes and tend them in a responsible manner; 3) shares them in justice and love with all; and 4) returns them with increase to the Lord.
As a response, St. Andrew Parish promotes stewardship as a way of life by:
Making time for God in prayer and worship.
Sharing time and talent for with those around us.
Nurturing our faith so that we can share it with others.
Giving of our treasure cheerfully.
Preserving the earth for our generation and the next.