St. Joseph Parish strives to live stewardship as a way of life. Stewardship is based on the understanding that all we have and all we are, are gifts from God and that we are given those gifts for the purpose of furthering God's plan for our lives. Stewardship is our returning to God in gratitude and joy the first portion of generous gifts to us. We see stewardship as a way of life and a way in which we carry out our parish mission: to know, to love and to serve the Lord.
|"...there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.1 Corinthians 12:4-7|
Our call to stewardship encourages us to share our GIFTEDNESS. Our special talents and abilities, things that we feel passionate about, things that might be used to describe our personalities, such as being compassionate, hospitable, organized, having patience or wisdom are all part of our unique giftedness. Our gifts are given to be used in service to our families, for those around us, for those in need and for our many ministries within the Church.
TIME is a wonderful gift that is granted to each of us to return in worship, in prayer and in service to the Lord and to others. We are called to spend time with God at Mass as a community of believers, in prayer and service to meet the needs of others and for our Church. As faithful Stewards of God's gifts to us, we commit the first portion our TREASURE annually to our parish, to the wider Church and an equal portion to those in need in charity. We are all called to pledge a portion of our income each fall to our annual parish budget, to make another pledge to support the work of the wider Catholic Church during the Annual Catholic Appeal in the spring, as well as support a number of small special collections. Through our sacrificial giving, we show our trust in God by giving to Him of our substance, nor of our abundance, knowing that He will take care of us. Our stewards can be seen virtually anytime you visit the campus. You will find them praying, teaching, cleaning, gardening, assisting at Mass, visiting and comforting the sick and bereaved, all the while building a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Take time to discern God's gifts and prayerfully consider how God would have you use them to accomplish His mission. We can help you discern your TOP 5 God-given talents. Contact Larry Cadorniga, Pastoral Assistant for Stewardship and Strengths Coach to learn about "Living Your Strengths" and the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Small group formation classes are offered quarterly to help you learn about your talents and how to build them into strengths! We are all called by Christ to use our TIME, TALENT and TREASURE to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.