NEW this year for the Stewardship 2016 Campaign - Have you wondered what Stewardship as a Way of Life means? See how it is being lived out in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Watch the video in English or in Spanish.
Also, we are proud to announce that this Stewardship Movie won the award for best Stewardship video at the International Catholic Stewardship Conference held this year in New Orleans. A special thanks to all of the parishes and parishioners that were a part of the movie, Tom Hutyler voice of the Mariners and KOMO Radio Morning Sports Announcer (his is the voice in the movie), and Tommy Phelan videographer extraordinaire.
We've made it even easier this year for you to fill out your Stewardship pledge. No more mailing in or forgetting to put yours in the basket. Its fast, convenient and hassle-free. Fill out your online pledge now...
Every parish decides to embark upon the stewardship journey for a different reason. Yet, basically, all of the reasons fall into one of five categories. These are:
Throughout sacred scripture God calls us to be a giving people. The concepts of giving God our "first fruits" and of tithing a fair percent were first mentioned in the Old Testament.
About half of Our Lord's parables address the proper use of our resources and Jesus talks about money five times more than He talks about prayer.
Generous giving is fundamental to our faith tradition.
Any parish that truly wants to follow the teachings of Our Lord must teach and embrace stewardship.
As the US Catholic Bishops' write in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, "Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an option."
From the awe-inspiring European basilicas to the smallest rural churches in our own country, all of the churches, schools, hospitals and other Catholic agencies which we take for granted today have been built by previous generations giving generously of their time, talents and treasure.
Auctions, raffles and golf tournaments did not build up the Church and they cannot maintain it.
The Church today was built up because our ancestors in faith understood their responsibility to support the establishment of God's kingdom here on earth.
They made God a priority in their lives and they generously shared no matter how much or how little they had.
Parish Stewardship of Treasure
Annual Catholic Appeal
Our parish and mission church serve the needs of most Catholics on the Plateau. When you give your gift of Time, Talent and Treasure, your efforts go to support everything your parish needs to help minister to the Catholic community on the Plateau.
Some of the ministries supported by your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure include:
Our Parishes are direct recipients of the ministries supported by your generous donation of Time, Talent and Treasure.
Diligent maintenance by dedicated volunteers has kept our parishes in very good condition for their age.
There are still many more areas that need to be addressed since St. Aloysius and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes are over 100 years old.
The chart above provides a guideline for deciding the portion of your planned giving based on your household income. Each year, we ask you to reflect and re-evaluate your financial giving - is it a gift that is planned, proportionate, sacrificial and thankful? An equal percentage should be considered for giving to the 'other half' such as Special Collections, the Annual Catholic Appeal and other charities.
Making a Difference by Sharing of our Financial Resources
If you haven't already decided on your parish stewardship commitment, please prayerfully consider your giving and return a commitment card to your parish office, through the mail, or in the collection basket.
What is the right amount to give? When you are at peace about the size of your gift - when you do not find yourself making excuses for its size (either too big or too small) and you know in your heart that you have been completely honest with yourself and God - then your gift is the proper size.
Please return your parish stewardship commitment card to your parish today or fill out the online pledge form below...