Please don’t forget to support the Cave Creek Charities golf outing and dinner to be held next month on Monday, September 28 at Tatum Ranch Golf Club. You don’t have to be a good golfer to golf or to come to the dinner; you don’t have to be a golfer to come to the dinner either.
Question: Isn't committing to stewardship of time, talent and treasure asking a lot of us?
Yes, it is. Committing to stewardship of time, talent and treasure is an important part of living a Christian life and real Christian living asks a lot of us and is not easy. Making a commitment to stewardship is a particular challenge with our society’s emphasis on materialism, consumerism and leisure time. Commitment to stewardship is gradual and involves a conversion of heart, mind, values, budget, pocketbook, calendar, and time. In this conversion process, we are called upon to say "yes" to God and to a way of life God has spelled out for us in the Bible. We are asked to say "no" to the influences in our society that emphasize values and aims that are selfish, thoughtless, and opposed to stewardship as a way of life.
Question: Am I expected to give all of my time, talent and treasure to the parish?
No. Giving of time, talent and treasure is not limited to the parish. Most people give of their time and talent as volunteers to human services agencies in the community in addition to volunteering in the parish. Volunteer work in the community could still be done in conjunction with the parish as when a group of parishioners volunteer their time at Andre House or it could be done separately and apart from the Church such as when an individual serves on an agency board like I do with the Boy Scouts. Many people will give money to other community groups in addition to supporting the parish. Some give 80 percent of their stewardship of treasure to Church-related causes and 20 percent to community groups, such as soup kitchens. Others give 50 percent to the Church and 50 percent to groups in the community.
Question: How should stewardship be incorporated into the Sunday Eucharist?
The constitution of the Sacred Liturgy states: “It is fitting that the participation of the faithful be expressed by their offering of the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist, together with other gifts for the needs of the church and the poor.” The offerings of the people are received by the priest, assisted by the ministers. The bread and wine for the Eucharist are taken to the altar, and the other gifts are put in a suitable place.”
When your offering is put into the collection baskets and taken to the sanctuary, you participate more fully in the sacrifice offered. “May the Lord accept these gifts” the presider says; including the gifts of bread & wine as well as your needs and prayers and the financial gifts presented.