How do I use my Commitment Card?
Your commitment card allows you to make commitments to prayer, parish ministries, and offertory giving. It is designed to be used by the whole family.
Time Section: Except for the ill and homebound, everyone should be able to check “Come to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.” Try to check at least a few other items. Daily prayer should be a priority for every person trying to grow closer to God.
Talent Section: You can either sign up for new ministries or re-commit to your current ministries. Be sure to write your first name next to the ministry! This is especially important if the card is being used by more than one person.
Treasure Section: Print how much money you plan to give each week or month to our parish. Try to take a step toward giving five percent of your income to St. Francis Xavier.
Does your prayer life need a tune-up?
Honestly ask yourself, “How much time do I spend in prayer each week?” This year, as you’re discerning how you will offer your time to God, resolve to follow through with your commitments. Consider each moment you spend in prayer as nourishment for your soul. The spiritual health of our parish is only as strong as the sum of its parts (individual parishioners).
Does your level of parish involvement need a boost?
Ask anyone who participates in a ministry at St. Francis Xavier, “Why do you enjoy serving?” They’ll probably say, “I get more out of the ministry than the people I serve.” This year, consider signing up for a ministry that may benefit you, like a Bible study, prayer group, or retreat. Or contribute to an outreach ministry where your good deeds not only help others in the community, but also give you feelings of satisfaction and thankfulness.
Do you give a percentage of your income to the offertory?
It may be hard to see offertory giving as a way to “help yourself,” but when we approach the subject from a spiritual viewpoint, it can lead to individual spiritual growth and an increase in faith. Even the savviest businessperson worries about his or her personal finances from time to time. Adding a weekly offertory check to the list of monthly bills may seem crazy but, ultimately, sacrificial giving forces us to cut unnecessary spending, create a budget and have faith that God will help us make it through the month. After faithfully giving to the offertory for a few months, many Catholics find that it’s not only possible to give a weekly offering, but that the fruits of their gift far outweigh the expense.
Commitment Weekend is Sept. 9-10 Don’t forget to Bring Your Commitment Card