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Stewardship

“Stewardship is an attitude of the mind and heart that expresses itself in action.”

CNS Photo/T. McCarthy Jr.Stewardship calls us to recognize that everything we have is a gift from a loving God and that we are called by God to receive these gifts gratefully, cultivate them fully and share them generously.

As Catholic stewards, we use the blessings we have received and demonstrate both our understanding that we are managers (not owners) of God’s gifts and our appreciation for what we have received. When we contribute our time, talent and treasure to our parish, diocese and the universal Church, we follow the example of the servant who multiplied his talents while his master was away.

Every parish offers many stewardship opportunities for members to contribute their particular gifts and blessings to support parish programs and ministries that positively impact parishioners and the greater community.

How is God calling you to help build his kingdom – in your parish, in your community – and beyond?

 

What identifies a steward?
Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. (from the USCCB website)

What is Catholic stewardship?
What does stewardship look like?
What do I have to offer?
Parish guide to stewardship
 

 

Stewardship Resources for Parishes
The Diocese of Grand Rapids provides a variety of resources to assist parishes in the development and implementation of stewardship programs including:

​Description ​Resource
Monthly Stewardship Newsletter offering 
timely tips and communications tools to
educate parishioners about stewardship
and engage them in practicing stewardship
as a lifestyle.
Read current and past issues of Stewardship News
Stewardship Renewal Resources

​“How To” Manual - This manual
provides a timeline for planning and implementation, describes roles and responsibilities for the pastor
and volunteer committee, includes sample
stewardship brochures and commitment forms,
communications tools and more.
Tri-fold Brochure
2016 Weekly Readings-Reflections
(English & Español)
Frequently Asked Questions

Stewardship Networking Group
The Stewardship Networking Group brings together stewardship staff and volunteers from around the diocese to share information and best practices for increasing stewardship among parishioners.

All meetings are held at Cathedral Square from 5-6:30 p.m.

2016-2017 dates pending

Annual National Stewardship Conference
The annual conference features national
stewardship experts to build awareness of
stewardship and inspire staff and volunteers
to continue their parish stewardship work,
as well as breakout sessions that will help staff and volunteers enhance their parish programs.
Annual ICSC Conference details
Customized assistance from the stewardship office of
stewardship (upon request)
​Email Mark Morrow,
mmorrow@dioceseofgrandrapids.org  

 

For further information or for assistance in areas regarding education and training, speakers and presentation materials, please contact: 

Stewardship
Mark Morrow, Executive Director, The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan 
360 Division Avenue S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4501
Phone: 616-475-1251, Fax: 616-551-5634
Email: mmorrow@dioceseofgrandrapids.org
Photo credit (top of page) - CNS photo/Tom McCarthy Jr., Catholic Review - Volunteer laughs with resident at Maryland rehabiliation center.