2018 August Saint

August 2018- Saint LydiaSt. Lydia

Lydia is the first recorded person in Europe to become a follower of Jesus Christ. She was Saint Paul’s first baptized convert at Philippi.

What we know of Lydia is found in the Acts of the Apostles. She was from Thyatira, an industrial center located in what is now western Turkey. She was a wealthy business woman; a manufacturer and seller of purple dyes and fabrics for which the city of Thyatira was noted. Lydia was part of a high value industry. Purple goods were luxury items, used by emperors, high government officials, and priests of the pagan religions.

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Stewardship Minutes

 

Stewardship Minute #1 - Gift

Stewardship Minute #2 - Noticing Things Around You 

Stewardship Minute #3 - Recognizing & Responding

Stewardship Minute #4 - Following Christ's Example

Stewardship Minute #5 - Prayer

Stewardship #6 - How Are You Spending Your Time? 

Stewardship Minute #7 - Time

Stewardship Minute #8 - Hidden Gifts

Stewardship Minute #9 - Share Your Story

 Stewardship Minute #10 - Intentional Prayer

Stewardship Minute #11 - Types of Prayer 

 

Stewardship Conference

Msgr. McGread Stewardship Conference 
August 29-30, 2018
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas

Come together with pastors and lay leaders to better understand and implement stewardship as a way of life in your parish. You’ll hear stories of success and practical best practices in developing stewardship.

 Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc.
Developing Stewardship as a Way of Life

https://www.catholicsteward.com/conferences/

2018 July Saint

Saint Benedict 

Saint Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, is considered a model of Christian stewardship. He authored the famous Rule of St. Benedict, a handbook of daily Christian living that emphasizes exercising stewardship over prayer, work, and community.

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2018 June Saint

Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua is one the most beloved and admired saints in the Church. A Franciscan friar and a Doctor of the Church, he is considered one of the greatest preachers in the history of Christianity.

Anthony was born on the Feast of the Assumption in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195 to a wealthy and educated family of the Portuguese nobility. He entered the Augustinian religious community at an early age where he devoted himself to the study of sacred scripture and Latin classics.

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2018 May Saint

 St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865)

Madeleine-Sophie Barat was born in France in 1779 in the little Burgundian town of Joigny. She went to Paris in 1795, at the height of the French Revolution, and initially considered becoming a Carmelite. However, her experience of Revolutionary violence in Joigny and Paris led her on another path. In 1800 she founded the Society of the Sacred Heart

whose purpose was to make known the love of God revealed in the Heart of Christ and take part in the restoration of Christian life in France through the education of young women of the rich and the poor classes.   

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2018 April Saint

Saint Fidelis Sigmaringen

Given the name Mark Rey at his birth in 1577, our stewardship saint for April grew up in Sigmaringen, a town located in present-day Germany. He was the son of the town’s affluent burgomeister (mayor) and studied law and philosophy at the renowned University of Freiburg. As a student, Mark made prayer a priority in his daily life. He also spent time visiting the sick. He embraced a humble, chaste and simple lifestyle. 

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2018 March Saint

Saint Frances of Rome

Francesca dei Roffredeschi was born in Rome in 1384, a time when the city was, arguably, at its worst. With a population of only about 25,000, it was no longer a center of power and international commerce. The popes had long departed to Avignon, France. The skyline was littered with the ruins of once spectacular structures. Wild animals ran free through the overgrowth dominating the city.

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2018 February Saint

Saint Margareta of Cortona

Saint Margaret of Cortona, February 2018 Stewardship Saint

Margaret of Cortona is the patron saint of single mothers and the homeless. Her story begins in 1247 in Laviano, Tuscany, where she was born into a farming family. Her mother died when Margaret was seven years old and life with her stepmother was very difficult. At age seventeen, Margaret met a young Tuscan nobleman of Cortona, moved out of the family home, and into the young man’s castle.

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2018 January Saint

Ita of Killeedy, Ireland

Ita of Killeedy, Ireland, also known as Ida, is one of the two most famous women saints in Ireland, along with Brigid of Kildare. Born near present-day County Waterford, allegedly of a royal family, she was baptized as Deidre. She is said to have rejected a prestigious marriage for a life as a consecrated woman religious. She moved early in her life to Killeedy (in County Limerick), where she founded a small community of nuns and resided for the remainder of her life, in community with other consecrated women. She dedicated herself to prayer, fasting, a simplicity of life and cultivating a gift for spiritual discernment.

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Stewardship Prayer

Gracious Lord, Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image,
may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder
on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach
from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your

Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the
greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice
so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world.
We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux�

THE DECISION IS OURS 

Ultimately, stewardship comes down to personal decisions about how each of us lives out our commitment to discipleship and how each of us will respond to God’s gifts based on our experience, self-knowledge and the call of God’s grace. There is the paradoxical truth, hallowed in the New Testament, that by giving ourselves to someone or something beyond ourselves, we discover our own best self: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39). Living as Christian stewards should bring a deeper and greater joy, and confidence about being disciples. Though Christians have not seen Christ, they are assured, by a faith truly lived and generously practiced, the joy, the peace and the life that comes to those who dare to believe and trust in Christ, our Lord.
ICSC on Stewardship 2017

“In truth I say to you, whatever you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
(Matt 25:40)

Sharing and Study

Through Ongoing Faith Formation

  • I will read the biography of a saint this year.
  • I will read one of the four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church this year.
  • Attend one adult faith program in my parish.
  • Read something Pope Francis has written.
  • Read a classic Catholic book.
  • Subscribe to a Catholic newspaper/periodical.
  • Read one of the documents of Vatican II.
  • Read something written by one of the early church Fathers.
  • Study about one virtue, commandment or beatitude this year.
  • Share what you have learned with family and friends.
  • Spread the JOY of the Gospel.

Service

 

Through Loving Service

  • Do something kind for another each week.
  • Pray for religious vocations and for all who serve the Church in religious life.
  • Pray for the sick and dying, perhaps send a card.
  • Visit a nursing home and prayerfully adopt a resident.
  • Provide or serve food at funeral lunches.
  • Practice self-denial in some way each week and give what you save to charity.
  • Clean out your closet and give away the excess.
  • Pray for the pope's intention each month.
  • Donate something each month to a food bank.
  • Pray monthly for those who are incarcerated.
  • Welcome newcomers to your parish and town.
  • Volunteer for parish events and activities.
  • Pray for the Unborn, Spiritually Adopt an Unborn Child.
  • Spend quality time with your family and friends.
 

Praying

 

           Through Prayer and My Spiritual Life

  • Pray privately at least 15 minutes a day.
  • Go to a weekday Mass once a week.
  • Pray the Rosary Daily.
  • Read prayerfully the Mass readings for the following Sunday sometime during the week.
  • Spend 30-60 minutes once a week before the tabernacle in Eucharistic adoration.
  • Fast in some way at least one day per week.  
  • Go to confession once a month.
  • Do something to overcome one sinful habit.  Give this to our Lord for Love and Healing.
  • Attend a diocesan "Pilgrimage of Mercy" event.
  • Invite your family or friends to join you in Prayer.
  • Offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy once a week.
  • Open your Heart to the Lord for Direction and Devotion to His love for you.
  • Seek Spiritual Direction to support you on this journey.

A Way of Life

Contact

Kory Koralewski

Director of Stewardship and Development

Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Island
2708 Old Fair Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
O: 308-382-6565 Ext 219
C: 308-999-9821

Stewardship@gidiocese.org

”It’s not how Much we Give but how Much LOVE we put into Giving”  
ST. Mother Teresa of Kolkata