"Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, Stewardship is not an option."
~ Bishop John J. McRaith
Stewardship is everything we do after we say “I BELIEVE.” It starts with the personal experience of the Risen Christ in our midst and in our hearts. An encounter with Jesus calls for a response, a vocation to discipleship. As disciples, we make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to conduct ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ, regardless of cost. Stewardship becomes a way of life. Recognizing that what we have, in fact, all we “own,” comes from God and is freely given, we “receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.(Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response)”
We strive to be good stewards of our faith by spending time in prayer, studying the teachings of our Church, reading the Scriptures, attending faith formation programs and faith sharing groups, receiving the Sacraments, and centering our lives on the Eucharist. We share our faith, in word and deed, by the witness of our lives as we love and serve one another in joy.
We prayerfully and thoughtfully discern how we are being called to share our time, talent, and treasure at the parish and in the community. As mature disciples, it is not simply out of a sense of duty, guilt, or even gratitude, that we choose to give generously. It is out of love. “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. (Jn 15:12)” And what more perfect example of self-sacrificing love is there than Jesus Christ who gave his very life for us?
May Saint Brigid Parish become for you a spiritual home where you can grow in faith, cultivate and share your God-given gifts, and experience the true joy that comes from being a disciple of Jesus Christ!