The Call to Commitment Phase

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

Important Dates: 

October 10, 2017 – Ordered materials ready for pick up or delivery
Week of October 23, 2017– Begin distribution of renewal packets
November 18-19, 2017– Commitment Sunday

OCTOBER

Communicate, communicate and communicate

Prayer:  

  • Pray that Jesus, the perfect steward, will show us that complete trust in Him is necessary if we are to lead the life of true discipleship and that giving of self is an important part of following Him.   
  • Give the First 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.  Pray and reflect on the coming Sunday’s readings.
  • Ask all parish ministry leaders to offer one hour of Adoration; pray that as we begin our parish stewardship renewal, the Lord may open our minds and our hearts to a deeper understanding of living the Stewardship Way of Life and what it means to be a Christian disciple

Formation:

  • My Personal Plan to Grow as a Christian Disciple:  insert into parish bulletins, handout during homily or after Mass or include in the renewal packets.
  • Consider using the Spiritual Gifts Inventory resources:  http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/stewardship-resources/charisms-spiritual-gifts.

Annual Stewardship Renewal:

  • All renewal materials ordered through the diocese will be available for pick up on or before October 10.  
  • Assemble renewal packets and finalize distribution plans (Have extra non-personalized “packets” available) Tip:  print two sets of labels.  The first set to personalize renewal packets and second set to send thank you postcard or notes to parishioner that returned renewal forms.
  • Determine method of collecting renewal forms on Commitment Sunday (here are some ideas:  parishioners put them in baskets at the entrance to Mass, parishioners present them in procession to the altar, collected during offertory… share your ideas with us!)
  • Develop plan for the Follow-up Phase (who will open and organize the forms?  Will you contact those that did not return a form?  Who will compile the forms in a timely manner?  How/when will the Ministry Leaders receive the information and who will follow up? Who will input commitments into data base?)

Communication:  

  • Publish renewal dates for Ministry Fair and COMMITMENT SUNDAY
  • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins, etc. weekly (emailed and posted on website in English and Spanish)
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful (one time per month except for November weekly)
  • Contact the Office of Stewardship with questions or with an invitation to a Stewardship Council meeting

V  PRAY:  Encourage the stewardship prayer:  Prayer for My Parish.  REFLECT:  If you believe you are “called”, what human, personal experience has reinforced your faith in the call?  What are some of the reasons why you might hesitate to respond to the Lord’s call?

 

NOVEMBER

TRI-STEWARDSHIP WEEKENDS:  October 28-29 – November 4-5; 11-12

COMMITMENT SUNDAY: November 18-19, 2017 

Prayer: 

  •  Pray that as we begin our parish stewardship renewal, the Lord may open our minds and our hearts to a deeper understanding of stewardship.
  • Give the First 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.  Pray and reflect on the coming Sunday’s readings.  Pray for those of your parish serving in the military.
  •  Encourage the use of this years’ stewardship prayer:  Prayer for My Parish

Formation:

  • Lay witness talks:  record them if possible.  Send the Stewardship Office the written text to be used in the Catholic Advance.
  • Stewardship homilies:   Homily Helps for Tri-Stewardship weekends and Commitment Sundayhave been emailed to all pastors and parochial vicars.  Can also be found at:      www.CatholicDioceseofWichita.org/stewardship
  • Finalize a book to be read during the Ongoing Formation Phase.

Annual Stewardship Renewal:

  • Distribute renewal packets
  • Collect renewal materials
  • Send thank you postcard or note card to parishioners that have returned renewal forms
  • Make additional renewal packets available in kiosks, on welcome tables, etc.

Communication: 

  • Publish dates, time, and location of Ministry Fair
  • Publish dates for Commitment Sunday, make announcements about Commitment Sunday (emphasis that each year we prayerfully consider where God is calling us to serve)
  • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins, etc. weekly (emailed and posted on website in English and Spanish)
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful (written specifically for November and emailed to all pastors and parochial vicars)
  • Contact the Office of Stewardship with questions or with an invitation to a Stewardship Council meeting 

V  PRAY:  Pray that God will bless our parishes, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent, and treasure to spread His Kingdom here in our parishes and throughout the world.  REFLECT:  In what sense is stewardship more radical than the sharing of time, talent, and treasure?