Conference: February 27, 6:30pm
(location: Maison Shalom House)
God cares deeply about our success in the mission of reaching souls. What is God calling us, as a parish, to achieve for His Kingdom? I was overwhelmed by joy that our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils continued the work of the team chartering process in the past two weeks, helping us to define and document our parish’s overall objectives, resources, and obstacles as we continue this journey of faith in Glengarry.
My vision continues to be to preach the Gospel, to offer pastoral outreach to all our parishioners, and to make disciples of all nations. How do we do this? Please consider attending our next conference on A Vision-Driven, Mission-Centered Stewardship for Parish Leadership.
All temporal and spiritual goods are created by God and come from God. The term stewardship is often taken to be a euphemism or “code word” for fundraising in a religious context. Stewardship ≠ Fundraising.
Time, Talent & Treasure = temporal realities, but they are fundamentally, a spiritual issue. Christian Stewardship:
- recognizes our state of dependency upon the providence of God
- is a discipleship response, both faith in God’s providence and gratitude for His goodness
- constitutes a way of life that is both privileged and challenging
Our Preaching Series on Stewardship back in November 2023 helped all parishioners to renew and review their commitment to our parish family. Our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, Liturgy Committee, Music Ministry, Lectors, Extra Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans, and all involved in parish leadership are invited to this talk on Stewardship by Lindsay Charland, Director of Philanthropic Development for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. She offered a similar talk last fall to a parish in Kanata and I’m very honoured to be able to host her at St. Finnan’s Parish in February. Please share this with our parish leaders, and I hope to see you there. May God bless you, and Mary protect you. Peace.
ps. my vision ten years out …