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Stewardship Homily

December 11, 2009

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This homily on stewardship was forwarded to our office as a good example.  We encourage you to view it and forward it. Fr. Andrew Kemberling is the priest giving the homily.  He is pastor of St. Thomas More in Centennial Colorado.  This parish won the “Stewardship Parish of the Year” award in 2007 at the […]

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Sowing the Seeds

November 19, 2009

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On Wednesday, November 18th, the Stewardship Office kicked off the first presentation of Sowing the Seeds, an ongoing seminar and workshop series focused on best practices in parish stewardship. Sowing the Seeds aims to equip pastors, parish councils, staffs, and volunteers with the tools they need to advance the mission of Christ in their parish. Drawing on extensive research, the Stewardship Office has identified key areas that parishes can address to help move them from maintenance to mission.

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2009 Parish Stewardship & Fundraising Issue of The Pilot

September 18, 2009

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Catholics experience our Church most regularly through their parishes.  A number of our parishes within the Archdiocese of Boston are struggling financially.  The rest know that they could further their mission if they had more revenue. Much of the work in the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese is to help parishes thrive in every way.  […]

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7 Characteristics of a Strong Stewardship Parish

September 18, 2009

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Enter any parish preparing for Mass and you can predict almost instantly how healthy their stewardship program is. Did someone greet you with a smile? Do people look happy to be there? Can you feel the Holy Spirit? If the answers are ‘yes,’ you’ve entered a community of great stewardship . . . or incredible potential.

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Stewardship in Difficult Economic Times

September 18, 2009

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A common question asked in difficult economic times is, “How can we ask our parishioners to give more?” On the surface, the answer seems obvious. If someone is struggling to put food on the table or keep their home, they cannot contribute more money. However, the complete gospel on stewardship is not simply treasure, but also time and talent. They can give of themselves. Saint Paul goes even further when he writes about the “gifts of the spirit.”

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Stewardship: A Business Manager’s Perspective

September 18, 2009

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Perhaps more than any other role existing for the laity in the archdiocese today, the role of the Parish Business Manager most closely resembles that of the biblical steward. The challenge facing many of our Parish Business Managers is that they have assumed responsibility for long-neglected estates with severely limited financial, human and clerical resources. It is only with a great deal of managerial skill and finesse that these dedicated stewards are able to sustain the parish’s day-to-day operations. With so much energy focused on getting through today, it is understandable that the more important work of cultivating a sustainable pool of resources is frequently overlooked.

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Stewardship Beyond the Pews

September 18, 2009

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Pastors and parish leaders throughout the United States are faced with an increasingly complex ministry. Families are more likely to be mobile, have seasonal homes outside the parish, or have extended families who want to stay connected to their community at home. Changes in American family life along with changes in the organization of Catholic parishes have combined to form unique challenges in prayer, service, and sharing at the parish level. Likewise, strained financial resources, shifting demographics, and natural or man-made disasters have caused more than a few church buildings to close, adding to the frustration of many parishioners.

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By Our Baptism, We Are Called To Be Stewards

September 18, 2009

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“Our parish is starting stewardship. Can you help us?” We receive this question from parish staff members all over the country several times a month phrased in a variety of ways, all looking for help. Weekend Mass attendance may be low, the parish might be struggling financially, they could need volunteers, or all of the above. Hundreds of parishes are teaching stewardship to rejuvenate parish life and bring their parishioners closer to Christ. Why stewardship?

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Some Dioceses/Parishes seeing increased contributions despite economy

August 4, 2009

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Catholics individually and as a community have always stepped up in tough times to support those in need and to further the mission of the Church. We are seeing that occur again this year in what many in government call the toughest economy since the Great Depression. The article linked below by the Associated Press […]

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Five Parish Fundraising Fundamentals

September 19, 2008

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…Fundraising is similar to sports in that strong fundamentals lead to favorable results. There are five parish fundraising fundamentals that prepare parish fundraising campaigns for success.

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