What is a Stewardship Renewal?
This isn’t a parish fundraiser – far from it. Our annual Stewardship Renewal is the time when we ask each other to re-prioritize the way we use God’s gifts in the Church. It is the time when we discern how God is calling us to use our time, talent, and treasure to grow closer to Him.
Why should I fill out a commitment card?
Your Commitment Card allows you to make commitments to prayer, parish ministries, and offertory giving, or what we at St. Francis of Assisi call “time, talent, and treasure.” There’s a two-fold reason to complete your card. First, it is an excellent opportunity to move forward spiritually and personally. Second, when you fill out a card, our parish is much better able to manage our many volunteers and make budgeting decisions.
How many parish ministries are there at St. Francis of Assisi?
“Ministry” is a general term for any parish group, organization, or regular activity. There are dozens of ministries in our parish. You can sign up for certain ministries, or re-commit yourself if you’re already involved.
What if I sign up for a ministry, but later find I’m not very interested?
You are not making a solemn promise to participate in a particular ministry when you mark it on your commitment card. If you find that the parish group is different than you thought, or simply that their meeting time doesn’t fit your schedule, you can change your mind. There are plenty of other ministries to consider.
I’m hesitant to make a firm financial pledge. What if I lose my job?
Your commitment card isn’t a legal contract. If your circumstances change, your gift will change. In Scripture, we are asked to “give according to our means.” So if you lose your job, you may be unable to give at the level you pledged. Likewise, if you get a promotion, you may be able to give more. That is why at St. Francis of Assisi, our standard of giving is based upon a percentage of income.
What happens if I don’t fill out a commitment card?
Returning a card is an important part of being an active member of St. Francis of Assisi. If for some reason you lose your card, we’ll send you a reminder letter. Please make every effort to return it!
Please bring your Commitment Card to Mass on Commitment Weekend, November 18-19. How will you use your time, talent, and treasure in our parish?