Time

Stewardship of time begins with the time spent in relationship with God, the Giver of all our gifts. This starts with weekly Mass and, when possible, more frequently. Time spent in various forms of prayer such as the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and time spent with the Word of God in the the Bible are ways to spend time in relationship with the Lord.

Giving from the gift of time can also be done in many ways through the parish and community. Each parish has many volunteer opportunities available to each of us. Serving as a greeter, lector or Eucharistic Minister are visible ways to volunteer. There are many ways less visible but just as important such as helping with church functions, tending plants, being a sacristan, or picking up a neighbor for Mass.We have heard that communities are not born, they are built. Volunteering in areas of interest in the community is also part of the life of stewardship. This may involve, but is not limited to caring for the Earth, identifying and promoting good leadership, providing teaching and learning opportunities and serving the common good.The key in giving the gift of time is creating balance between time spent in prayer and reflection, with our families, in recreation and in service. Spend some time reflecting on how you are currently using your time and if you are accepting the responsibility of balancing time in your life.

Talent

Stewardship of Talent means sharing with others out of gratitude to God who is the Giver of all good gifts. We are each given talents, typically referred to as our areas of strength. Giving back by using those talents is very rewarding. Singing in a choir or playing a musical instrument often come to mind when thinking of talent. And while these are special and obvious gifts, many talents are revealed in a less visible way.  Some examples may be as simple as a good listening ear, some may be more spiritual such as leading a Bible study. Whatever your gift, take the time to discern how you will use it in service and pledge lovingly to serve God and the Church.

Gifts from God

Take a moment to reflect on the gifts you’ve been given:

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How do you use your gifts?

List the ways you use your gifts or brainstorm new ideas to try.

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I will pledge lovingly these gifts to the service of God and the Church.

Treasure

Often when we hear the word stewardship, the first thing we think of is money. Though the gift of income is indeed from God, it is just one of the many gifts we have been given. Giving from the gift of treasure is important for the operation of our parish, our diocese and many charitable organizations.

 For many people, the decision to give financially is not as difficult as it is to decide where to give. When choosing the avenue in which to give, it is best to think in terms of proportion and intention. Simply put, give in proportion to what you have received and be intentional in determining how much you will give and where you will give.  Consider your parish and your diocese – and always  examine charitable giving to support the needs of your community and world.

Maybe it is because it is easily measured or maybe it is used to fulfill our own needs and wants, money is the issue that tends to raise the most questions. But it is also an area that can create tremendous joy when giving it away.