It’s time for our Stewardship Renewal. This is an annual occurrence – part of the rhythm of parish life at St. Patrick and St. Canice. Just as the Church proposes a time of spiritual renewal each Lent, we believe in the importance of a yearly examination of commitment. It is a time to reflect on all that God has blessed us with and discern how to best use your time, talent, and treasure as a grateful response to these blessings. The following Q&A about our Stewardship Renewal should help in discerning commitments for the coming year.
I feel like my life is already too busy with family and work obligations. I barely even have time to relax. How can I possibly share my time and talents with St. Patrick and/or St. Canice?
We all have many obligations to our families, jobs, schools, and other endeavors, but we also all have the same number of hours in the day with which to accomplish these things. The issue is not how much time we have but how we prioritize that time.
Before you fill out your Commitment Card, take some time to reflect on your priorities and where God fits into your day-to-day life. Remember, living as true stewards of God’s gifts involves giving back the first fruits of what He has given to us in thanksgiving, not the “leftovers.”
I am happy with my current level of parish participation. Why do I need to fill out a Commitment Card?
As part of the renewal process, we must consider our current level of participation in parish life at St. Patrick and/or St. Canice. Sometimes, the call to stewardship involves the quality of service in addition to its quantity. In looking through the opportunities for ministry available at our parishes, you may find yourself drawn to a new ministry you haven’t tried before or new ways to share of your time with God to enrich and enlighten your prayer life. So, even though your current level of parish participation might not change drastically, how you participate may evolve as you grow in living the stewardship way of life. Even if you end up continuing to participate in the same ministries as you have in the past, marking and turning in a Commitment Card means you have reviewed your present ministries and recommitted yourself to them.
I’m not very active in the Church and, frankly, feel like it may be too late to get involved. Why should I fill out a Commitment Card?
It’s never too late to renew your faith life, and filling out a Commitment Card is a simple step through which you can immediately re-enter the life of your parish. Our parish community is not here to judge you but to welcome and nourish you in your faith journey. Begin by checking the box that says, “Attend weekly Mass and Holy Days of Obligation,” and take some time to discern additional ways in which God is calling you from that starting point.
I’m physically unable to attend Mass or be active in parish life at St. Patrick and St. Canice. Is there any reason for me to submit a Commitment Card?
Of course! Your prayers are just as important to the success of our parish community in carrying out its mission as ministry participation and financial contributions. Take a moment to look over some of the opportunities to spend quiet time with God listed in the “Stewardship of Time” section of the Commitment Card and take a step towards growing in your relationship with Christ and His Church.
I’m reluctant to make a financial pledge for the year in case my circumstances change and I’m unable to fulfill it. Should I?
Your Commitment Card is not a legally binding contract; it is a pledge of intentions. Make your pledge based on what you are setting out to do to give back to God and do your best to fulfill that pledge. If your financial circumstances change, your gift will likely change, as well, but it is still important to prioritize God first. Nobody is going to send the bill collector to your house if you can’t fulfill your pledge due to a change in your financial situation! We all have to start somewhere, and we can begin our commitment by writing down our goals for how we plan to give back our time, talent, and treasure to God.
I’ve expressed interest in a ministry in the past, but nobody from the parish ever followed up with me about it.
While we do our best to consistently follow up with everyone who has shown interest in the opportunities for ministry at St. Patrick and St. Canice, we are human, and we sometimes fall short in our follow-up. If this has happened to you in the past, we sincerely apologize, and we encourage you to renew your interest in any activities in which you might like to participate by filling out a Commitment Card this year. We have a plan in place to make sure that everyone who has expressed interest is contacted with more information.
I’m interested in a ministry that is available at St. Patrick, but I am active at St. Canice.
All of the ministries at each parish are open to parishioners of either church. If you see something that piques your interest or that you feel God is calling you towards, mark it on your commitment card! If it is something new, be sure to check the circle. If you are recommitting to a ministry, please mark the square. Please be sure to write in the family member’s name on the line. The ministry leader will contact you with more information. If you decide that the ministry isn’t for you, just let the ministry leader know that you have changed your mind. Marking a ministry isn’t a lifetime commitment. Don’t be afraid to give something new a try!
Commitment Weekend is November 4-5. Don’t forget to bring your Commitment Card to Mass!