The Preparation Phase

June – September

 

JUNE

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!”Benjamin Franklin

Prayer:

  • Prayer should be the foundation for all meetings, ministries, and events:
    • Pray that as good stewards of God’s many blessings, we will remember that the most important work of our lives is to be a disciple of Jesus.
    • Provide opportunities for communal prayer
    • Give the First 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.
    • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful in the bulletin (one time per month except for November weekly)

Formation:

  • Attend one of the Renew 2017 Formation Conferences 

Annual Stewardship Renewal:

  • Evaluate last year’s efforts (Renewal Evaluation Process included in your renewal packet)
  • Set key dates utilizing the Stewardship Renewal Planner(included in your renewal packet)

    • Lay witness talks
    • Ministry Fair (check here for ideas: http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/stewardship-resources/council-resources/stewardship-council-resources)
    • The BIG Reveal, August 19-20, 2017
    • My Personal Plan to Grow as a Christian Disciple(recommend using in October & during Lent)
    • Distribution of renewal materials to parishioners
    • Commitment Sunday, November 18-19, 2017
    • Ministry Leader gatherings (August to announce theme and January to distribute lists)
    • Commissioning service for ministry leaders
    • Parish Annual Stewardship Report
    • Utilize the Stewardship Renewal Planner 2017.2018
  • Annual Parish Stewardship Report:  begin to develop a written planand coordinate and engage parish staff and ministry leaders. 
  • Confirm names and contact information of ministry leaders
  • A data management system is in place to enter the Talent & Treasure information and new census information

Communication:

  • Enhance the Stewardship culture in your parish:
    • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins etc. weekly (emailed and on the website in English and Spanish)
    • Encourage parish ministry leaders to weave stewardship education into their individual monthly ministry meetings

 V  PRAY:   Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our preparations for this year’s stewardship renewal.  REFLECT:  How do I help others grow in their relationship with Jesus and our parish family?

 

JULY

“May the joy of the gospel be spread far and wide in this diocese and beyond as we continue to encounter the Lord Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend."  
Bishop Carl Alan Kemme ~ Mass of Chrism April 11, 2017

Prayer:  

  • Prayer should be the foundation for all meetings, ministries and events:
    • Give theFirst 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.  Pray and reflect on the coming Sunday’s readings.
    • Pray for all parishioners that take on a leadership role, that through their stewardship of time and talent, may they find a deeper relationship with God as they serve.

 Leadership Formation:

  • Plan to attend one of the Renew 2017 Formation Conferenceswhere this year’s theme will be explained and ideas exchanged.
  • Send Pastoral Council, Stewardship Council, Finance Council, School Council and other leaders in your parish to the Parish Leadership Institute on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  For more information and to register visit:  www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/slc
  • Attend Catechetical Summit August 19 in Wichita and August 20 in SEK

 Annual Stewardship Renewal:

  • Finalize changes to renewal forms, Ministry Guide, and other materials.
    • Complete and submit the Parish Stewardship Renewal order form: Remember the deadline to return the order form to the diocese is August 1, 2017.  If you need more time, please contact us.  For ideas: http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/renewal/time-a-talent-forms 
    • Finalize changes and/or additions to Talent form
    • Stewardship Council members should visit ministry meetings.  Thank them for their work, confirm leader and ministry descriptions and offer assistance.
    • Finalize changes and/or additions to Ministry Guide(booklet listing all of the ministries of your parish including ministry leaders and contact information)
  • Gather names of potential parishioners for lay witness talks (ask pastor, Pastoral Council, Stewardship Council, principal, School Council etc. for input)

 Communication:

The 4 C’s of Stewardship Communication:  constant – consistent – concrete - creative

  • Finalize communication plan:
    • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins etc. weekly (emailed and posted on website in English and Spanish)
    • Stewardship articles via parish bulletin, newsletter and  school newsletter, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (articles should be included year round and during the renewal period should focus on the opportunity to re-commit) 
    • 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:  Pray that we will realize that stewardship begins with the personal need of each of us to return to God a portion of our time, talent, and treasure in thanksgiving for all blessings given to us by God.  REFLECT:  In what sense is stewardship more radical than the sharing of time, talent and treasure?

 

AUGUST

Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.  Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be.”
USCCB Stewardship A Disciples Response

IMPORTANT DATE:  August 19-20:  The BIG Reveal – unveiling of the poster

Prayer: 

  • “It is in personal and communal prayer that the disciple, fed by Word and sacraments, cultivates a relationship of deep friendship with Jesus Christ and seeks to embrace the will of the Father through the Holy Spirit.”  (Living as Missionary Disciples USCCB pg21).
  •  Give the First 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.  Pray and reflect on the coming Sunday’s readings.   Pray a rosary.
  • Pray that we will constantly remember all we have comes from God and as good stewards, we will use the gifts we have been given in order to build up the Kingdom of God.

Formation:

  • Plan to attend one of the Renew 2017 Formation Conferenceswhere this year’s theme will be explained and ideas exchanged (see pg. 2).
  • Stewardship Council member(s) give a presentation at a Back to School parent meeting – announce theme and stewardship formation (utilize the Stewardship Way of Life video)
  • Ministry Leader gathering:  pray, announce theme, communicate important dates, provide training, answer questions, and provide stewardship formation.

 Annual Stewardship Renewal:

  • Complete and submit the Parish Stewardship Renewal order form: remember the deadline to return the order form to the diocese is August 1, 2017.
  • The BIG Reveal:  unveil at Mass, make sure posters are up in the church and school
  • Explanation of the theme is available.
  • 5 x 7 color Stewardship poster printed in the Catholic Advance 8/18/17 and inserted on September 1.
  • Determine the contents of your stewardship renewal packets:  letter from pastor, prayer card, Talent and Treasure forms, Ministry Guide, return envelope.
  • Discuss methods of distribution of the renewal packets to parishioners:  Stewardship Council members to hand out after Mass/events, deliver to parishioners’ homes (does not have to be all: mail some, deliver some), mail to parishioners’ homes, combination of all the above.
  • Begin planning Ministry Fair & recruit team 

Communication:

  • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins, etc. weekly (emailed and posted on website in English and Spanish).
  • Include teasers in the bulletin leading up to The BIG Reveal (unveiling of the Stewardship Poster) on August 19-20, 2017.
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful (one time per month except for November weekly).
  • Incorporate the Annual Parish Stewardship Renewal theme in all communications.
  • Are you looking for ideas for your bulletins and/or newsletter?  Look here:  http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/stewardship-resources/council-resources/stewardship-council-resources.

 V  PRAY:  This years’ stewardship prayer:  Prayer for My ParishREFLECT:  What does the word of God say to you regarding discipleship and stewardship?

 

SEPTEMBER

“…We have to realize that everything is a gift. Your being, your life, your body, your powers of mind and will and imagination, your accomplishments—all of it is a gift from a gracious God. When we realize this, we know that nothing is owed us; we have no great status to defend. Then we can live in gratitude.”  Bishop Robert Barron

Prayer: 

  • Give theFirst 10 minutes of your meeting to prayer.  Pray and reflect on the coming Sunday’s readings.   
  • Pray that in response for God’s many gifts; we will become “doers” of the Word and not only “hearers” of the Word.
  • Encourage parish ministry leaders to pray the Prayer for My Parish
  • Pray that the Lord will open the minds and heart of all parishioners to hear theStewardship Way of Life message.

  Formation:

  • Distribute Stewardship renewal poster lesson plans to parochial school principal and teachers, PSR (Parish School of Religion) coordinator, Confirmation catechists, and CYM (Catholic Youth Ministers).
  • Select a book to read during the Ongoing Formation Phase (see the back cover for ideas).
  •  Explore discipleship opportunities/programs ex: Christ Life, Alpha in the Catholic Context, Christ Renews His Parish, Be My Witness etc.
  • Back to School night: set up Stewardship table/trifold display.

Annual Stewardship Renewal:Proof Talent forms

  • Finalize list of parishioners for lay-witness talks:  determine dates for talks, designate a member of the Stewardship Council to begin working with and helping to prepare “lay witnesses.”  
  • Finalize methods of distribution of the renewal packets to parishioners:  Stewardship Council members to hand out after Mass/Ministry Fair/parish events, deliver to parishioners’ homes (does not have to be all:  deliver some and mail some), mail to parishioners’ homes, send home with school children, combination of all the above.  
  • Continue Ministry Fair planning (see pgs. 21 and 22)

Communication:

  • Publish explanation of the theme in parish bulletin and school newsletter.
  • Utilize Bulletin Bits in parish bulletins, etc. weekly (emailed and posted on website in English and Spanish).
  • Publish lay witness “stories” in parish bulletin and school newsletter.
  • Utilize Stewardship Prayers of the Faithful (one time per month except for November weekly).
  • Consider Stewardship Council to host coffee and donuts set up Stewardship table/trifold display(show the Stewardship Way of Life video).
  • Contact the Office of Stewardship with questions or with an invitation to a Stewardship Council meeting.

 V  PRAY:  This years’ stewardship prayer:  Prayer for My Parish.  REFLECT:  What are the ways by which Jesus sent an example of being a perfect steward?