Office of Development and Stewardship

Stewardship

Stewardship: A Way of Life

The Diocese of Youngstown continues to invite its Catholic people to be good stewards of God’s gifts.  The U.S. Bishops’ in their 1992 Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, “Stewardship: A Disciples Response”, defined a Christian Steward as follows:

One who receives God’s Gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

As the definition implies, Stewardship is a way of life. It challenges Catholics to be steward-disciples by using their gifts in service to God and others, while denying personal cravings for control and power. To be a good steward requires a disciplined life-style and an attitude of gratitude. The local parish continues to be the best source for inviting Catholics to be steward-disciples and “live life to the full.” The Diocesan Office of Development & Stewardship has and continues to serve as a resource for parishes wanting to incorporate the Stewardship Way of Life in their local community. The Office of Development & Stewardship promotes the Stewardship Way of Life through the following:

  • Sponsoring diocesan programs featuring nationally renowned speakers on stewardship.
  • Providing parishes with weekly bulletin announcements on stewardship.
  • Assisting parishes in planning and implementing a Parish Sacrificial Giving Process.
  • Convening the Diocesan Stewardship Commission.
  • Providing workshops and presentations on the Stewardship Commission”s Toolkit for Building Parish Communities.
  • Providing a Speakers Bureau on Stewardship.
  • Promoting small group studies on the 1992 U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship … Stewardship: A Disciples Response
  • Representing the Diocese as a member of the National Catholic Stewardship Council. {http://www.catholicstewardship.org}
  • Encouraging parish pastors and lay representatives to attend the International Catholic Stewardship Conference each year.
  • Assisting parishes in the formation of Stewardship Committees.
  • Providing printed materials and resources that promote the Stewardship Way of Life.
  • For information on the Stewardship Education efforts in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, please contact us.

Stewardship of Treasure Manual                                                                                     Stewardship of Treasure Brochure

 
Click here for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

Toolkit for Building Parish Communities

The Toolkit offers nine best practice tools that promote stewardship and evangelization in a parish community.

Joy & Gratitude Campaign Video



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