About 40 parishioners, priests, and parish and diocesan staff members attended a day of focused learning on stewardship at St. Francis of Assisi, Grapevine, presented by Tracy Earl Welliver. In addition to sharing the teachings of stewardship with all those in attendance, he also discussed the importance of helping people find their unique gifts and how to use those gifts in the Church community.
On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we speak about how Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords. All have been saved by the death and resurrection of the Anointed One, but now he is calling us and counting on us to honor our anointing through our discipleship and stewardship in this world.
Gratitude is a key characteristic of a good Everyday Steward, but it does not develop in us without effort. The point is that too often we take so many gifts for granted, and unless we pause and purposely reflect, we miss the chance to give thanks.
We are experiencing a time of upheaval in our secular and Church worlds, and people are feeling the grief that comes with loss and change. But can this also be a time of hope and the birth of something new? We easily forget that God is in charge and that the essence of His presence and the mission of the Gospel always remain.
When it comes to branding your parish, you have the usual suspects — a logo, a sign, and a website to match. But aside from that, there are still many, many ways you can brand your parish for a total cohesive look both inside and out.
When moments in our life are filled with enthusiasm, we can find ourselves overwhelmed and doing things we might not normally do. I bet Zacchaeus didn’t have a regular habit of climbing trees. However, he climbed one so he could see Jesus more clearly.
Eternal life isn’t a mystery to be figured out or something that can be captured in books or films. It is a promise and gift based on our hope and confidence that God is at work in us even now. It goes beyond the limits of human existence. In the resurrection, each person lives as God’s child, free from the fear of death.
Few things hold us back more than our excuses for not praying, not attending Mass, and not following Christ’s teachings. All the while, we miss out on what God has to offer us. The story of Zacchaeus has much to teach us about all the blessings that can come our way once we put our excuses aside and take a risk for Jesus.
Our life in Christ is a race of sorts. It is not a race that starts and stops, but one that continues from our baptism until eternal life with him. Even though we never stop the race, we do have moments where we need to hydrate, take nourishment, and gain strength.
No doubt, your parish welcomes a variety of visitors each week. And while you can’t always spend a great amount of time introducing yourself and asking where they’re from, it’s essential to somehow capture their information. Church connection cards can help.