The Bishops’ Pastoral Letter of 1992, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, defines stewardship in the following way:
“A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.”
The Pastoral Letter goes on to say:
“Each member of the Church shares in responsibility for its mission; each is called to practice Stewardship of the Church. Christians are also called to look outward and to place themselves at the service of the entire human community, especially those who are most in need.”
The Diocese of Charlotte had developed an explanation of stewardship.
- Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus; and where it has been implemented, both giver’s and receivers’ lives have been changed.
- Stewardship is a way of life, a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of the time, talent and treasure allotted to us.
- Stewardship engenders a spirituality that deepens our relationship with the Lord. Stewardship involves intentional, planned and proportionate giving of our time, talent and treasure.
- Stewardship addresses both individual parishioners as well as parishes themselves.
Our Lady of Consolation
Stewardship Commission Goals
are as follows:
- Develop and enhance ongoing stewardship through consistent and timely information, communication and programs that increase parish commitment to time, talent and treasure
- Increase parishioner registrations, stewardship and community involvement by opening doors and programs of the OLC campus to the local community and through outreach to the greater Charlotte community.
- Establish partnerships and contacts with community/city groups that will help sustain stewardship efforts and support the financial needs of the parish.