“The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent and treasure. Therefore, please accept my encouragement for your efforts and my prayers that your upcoming conference will be a stimulus to the practice of stewardship in the Church."
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Stewardship is a program for the total parish, not just another term for “fund raising.” At the center of the concept of Christian stewardship is the activity of putting God first. This means that we must be accountable for our use of the gifts God has given us, both as individuals and as a parish community. An ever increasing concern of St. Andrew the Apostle Church, as well as most parishes, is to increase our resources and make better use of the resources we are entrusted with.
Stewardship is a way of life. It challenges Catholics to be steward-disciples by using their gifts in service to God and others. To be a good steward requires a disciplined life-style and an attitude of gratitude. Engaging parishioners and evangelization is part of the process of stewardship.