The Call to Commitment Phase


October – November 17-18, 2018
‘Remain in Me’ – John 15:4-5

“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a
branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it
remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you
remain in me.I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” 

“God gives us these gifts not so that we can simply revel in the joy of having them, but, rather, so that we can share
them and build the Kingdom of God.”
Msgr. Thomas McGread 


The Call to Commitment phase provides an important opportunity each year to remind us through homilies, witness talks, stewardship fairs and other educational efforts to spiritually and prayerfully re-examine and refocus our understanding of what it means to be a Christian disciple/steward.  It is a time of communication, invitation and encouragement to help us determine how we will in gratitude, recognize, receive and share our gifts in love of God and neighbor.


Important dates during the Call to Commitment Phase:

  • October 12 – ordered renewal materials ready for pick up or delivery
  • October 15 – 18 Clergy Conference (some pastors will pick up materials)
  • Tri-Stewardship weekends – October 28-28; November 3-4 and 10-12
  • Commitment Sunday – November 17-18


Key functions:

  • Prayer should be the foundation of all activities in the parish.  Praying for the success of the renewal.  Success in the Stewardship Way of Life will save souls, and our mission is to help each other get to heaven.  We need to bear fruit.
  • Lay-witness training and practice
  • Communication
  • Distribute My Personal Plan to Grow as a Christian Disciple (October and again during Lent)
  • Stewardship Ministry Fair
  • Assemble and distribute renewal packets
  • Determine method of and collect commitment forms
  • Prepare thank you notes or postcards for use during the follow-up phase


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?  


For details, please see pages:  11-12 in the Annual Parish Stewardship Renewal Planning Guide