The Call to Commitment Phase

IMPORTANT DATES:
October 10, 2016 – Ordered materials ready for pick up or delivery to parishes
Week of October 24– Begin distribution of renewal packets to parishioners
November 19-20, 2016 – Commitment Sunday

OCTOBER

Communicate, communicate and communicate

  • PRAY. Pray with this year’s theme: "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"
  • PRAY. Suggestion: Stewardship Council to offer 1 hour of Adoration. 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.
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful
  • All renewal materials ordered through the diocese will be available for pick up on or before October 12. We try to deliver as many as possible, but will distribute them at the Fall Clergy Conference (October 17-22, 2016) if not before.
  • Publish stewardship articles via parish bulletins and parish and school newsletters (articles should be included year round – during the renewal period focus on the opportunity to re-commit) ideas for articles:
    • Explanation of theme
    • Lay-Witness “stories”
    • Commitment Sunday: November 19-20, 2016
  • Give Stewardship homilies (Homily Helps online)
    • Suggestions for both can be found on the website
  • Distribute Personal Apostolate or (new) Personal Growth in Faith form via bulletin or hand out during homily or after Mass
  • Engage/inform/update parish staff, councils, committees, volunteers & groups
    • Provide stewardship renewal dates:
      • Lay-Witness Talks
      • Ministry Fair
      • Distribution of parish renewal materials to parishioners
      • Commitment Sunday: November 19-20, 2016
    • Share the renewal theme - "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"
  • Provide and utilize the annual stewardship prayer
  • Posters should be up in the parish and school
  • Distribute stewardship renewal poster lesson plans - "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"
    • PSR (Parish School of Religion) coordinator
    • Confirmation catechists
    • CYM (Catholic Youth Ministers) and
    • Parochial school principal and teachers
  • Pastor and Stewardship Council to compose any letters to be included in the renewal “packets”
  • Assemble renewal “packets”
  • Have extra non-personalized “packets” available
  • Engage children, youth and families
    • Use every opportunity to recognize stewardship especially during:
      • Week of October 4: Respect Life Sunday
      • Week of October 11:Vocations Awareness Sunday
      • Week of October 18: World Mission Sunday
  • Discuss/determine method of collecting renewal forms
    • Baskets at all the entrances of Church with members of the parish there accepting forms - present the forms during the Offetory of the Gifts at Masses
    • Parishioners return forms by presenting them in procession to the altar before Mass or during offertory time
    • Forms are collected during offertory with normal collection
  • Develop plan for the Follow-Up Phase
    • Who/how will the envelopes be opened and organize the forms?
    • Will you contact those that didn’t 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?
    • Incorporate this year’s theme: "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"
  • 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

NOVEMBER

IMPORTANT DATE:
November 19-20, 2016 – Commitment Sunday

Tri-stewardship weekends: October 29-30; November 5-6; 12-13

  • PRAY. 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 stewardship homilies
    • Homily Helps can be found on our website
  • Lay-Witness Talks
  • Bulletin articles include:
    • Date for parishioners to receive renewal materials
    • Commitment Sunday: November 21-22- Emphasize this date for returning time & talent and treasure forms
    • Explain/incorporate theme:  "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful. Suggestions can be found on our website or write your own
  • Ministry Fair
    • Dates
    • Theme
    • Location

Stewardship Commitment Sunday November 19-20
Liturgical Ideas and Format:

  • Homily helps and liturgical helps can be found on our website 

This is the Sunday where parishioners return their time & talent and treasure forms.

  • Here are some ideas to collect forms:
    • Baskets at all the entrances of Church with members of the parish there accepting forms. Present the baskets during the Offertory of the Gifts at Masses.
    • Parishioners return forms by presenting them in procession to the altar before Mass or during offertory time
    • Forms are collected during offertory with normal collection
    • Homily incorporates this year’s theme: "Stewarding our Gifts:  Go in Peace Glorifying the Lord by Your life"