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Spirituality of Stewardship Lenten Mission

The Office of Stewardship presents Spirituality of Leadership, a three-day Lenten Mission in the Calgary Diocese with Fr. Daryl Befort from Wichita, Kansas. The Lenten Mission will focus on a Threefold Call of Discipleship: Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, and Follow Christ. The first Lenten Mission will be in Lethbridge, and the second will be in Calgary.

Dates:

All Saints Parish and St. Martha's Parish (355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB). Please note: Adoration and Confessions will be included.

  • Day 1 Deny Yourself: March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 2 Take Up Your Cross: March 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Day 3 Follow Christ: March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Thomas More Parish (15 Templebow Road NE, Calgary, AB). All sessions run from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

  • Day 1 Deny Yourself: March 29, 2017 (Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)
  • Day 2 Take Up Your Cross: March 30, 2017 (Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)
  • Day 3 Follow Christ: March 31, 2017 (Stations of the Cross, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)

For more information, contact Eden D'Souza, Stewardship Coordinator at stewardship@calgarydiocese.ca, or call at 403-218-5520.

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SSVP Celebrates 170th Anniversary in Canada

Jesus reminded us that “the poor will always be among us” [Deuteronomy 15:11].

Frederic Ozanam (1813 - 1853) — a student in Paris, France — recognized that to carry out the mission to alleviate the plight of the poor and marginalized in society is a challenge that is more manageable through an organization. Shortly thereafter, he formed the Conference of Charity in 1833 on the evening of his 20th birthday. Two years later, the name was changed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP). The organization grew, and 13 years later the first SSVP conference was established in Canada.

Now, 170 years later, 871 conferences of SSVP can be found across Canada thriving on the generous dedication of more than 14,000 volunteers. In Calgary, there are more than 20 conferences involving 365 volunteers.

If successes of an army depend on its generals, so do SSVP’s achievements depend on the pastors of the parishes in which they operate. The St. Peter’s parish SSVP conference is thriving because of the pastoral leadership of Frs. Jerome Lavigne and Jonathan Gibson. Their call into action is heeded by the congregation and as such SSVP has been able to grow and receive outstanding support from parishioners, and the parish councils of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women’s League.

Because of the new extension to the church, SSVP has moved from using a broom-closet-sized hamper room to an operative food storage area the size of a two-car garage! More than 75 volunteers in our parish purchase, sort and collect food; deliver hampers; visit families; assess needs and seek solutions by contacting other organizations. Shelves are filled regularly by parish donations and generous school drives.

We are grateful to all of the presidents, secretaries, treasurers and other volunteers who dedicate their time and stretch each and every donation to the maximum extent in favour of the recipients.

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The True Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ Video Series

The Office of Stewardship is pleased to present Catholic speaker, author, and stewardship coach Tracy Earl Welliver focuses on “The True Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ.” In this talk series, Mr. Welliver explains how we do not merely volunteer for Christ when we serve Him in different parish ministries, but that we give our lives to Christ by serving in the Church because we truly love Him.

The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 1): Cultivating Stewardship

The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 2): Everyday Stewardship

The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 3): Journey Toward Everyday Stewardship

The True Meaning of Being a Disciple of Christ (Session 4): Becoming the YOU God Created

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The TRUE Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ

With a new school year upon us, many parishes in the Diocese are already busy organizing their “Stewardship Weekends.” During these weekends, parishioners can sign up to take part in parish ministries. To aid parishes and parishioners, the Diocese is pleased to introduce Tracy Earl Welliver, a Catholic speaker, author, teacher, and stewardship coach with more than 20 years experience in parish ministry. He will host a speaking series focusing on The TRUE Meaning of Being a Steward of Christ. The talks will explain how we do not merely volunteer for Christ when we serve Him in different ministries in the parish, but that we give our lives to Christ by serving in the Church because we truly love Him!

Tracy is currently the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for Liturgical Publications, Inc., having previously served for 22 years as Pastoral Associate at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. In 2009, this parish won the Archbishop Murphy Award for excellence in stewardship from the International Catholic Stewardship Council. Tracy has spoken on stewardship, engagement, and catechesis all over North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Tracy currently writes the weekly reflection, Everyday Stewardship, published in bulletins and digital media around the country, and The Main Thing Blog at www.tracyearlwelliver.com. He is the author of the book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, and the resource pack Challenge, Choice, Vision, both published by Liturgical Publications. He has a BA in theology from DeSales University and a MTS from Duke Divinity School.

Below are the dates, parish locations and times that Tracy Earl Welliver will be speaking throughout the Calgary Diocese. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear this excellent stewardship speaker! For more information please call Eden D‘Souza at (403) 218-5520 or email eden.dsouza@calgarydiocese.ca.

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Why Stewardship?

Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ,
stewardship is not an option

[Disciple’s Response]

Just as God loved us by putting on flesh in the person of Jesus, so we love God by putting on Christ and loving others. Jesus makes the way of stewardship very clear. His self-emptying sacrifice on the cross was for our salvation. By working for justice, caring for those in needs and putting on abilities and resources at the service of others, we contribute to the mission of the church in continuing Jesus’ saving work in the world. We are co-redeemers with Christ and ourselves become stewards of the mystery of salvation. To be a disciple means to be like Christ and to continue Christ’s mission of the redemption of the world.

The 4 Principles of Stewardship

These are the four principles of stewardship.

  1. The 1st principle of stewardship is to receive God’s gifts with gratitude. Receiving engenders dependence on God. Gratitude acknowledges abundance.
  2. The 2nd principle of stewardship is to cultivate God’s gifts responsibly. Literally “steward” means “manager of the house.” God has entrusted His house to us. We are accountable to God for managing gifts given to us and we do so for the glory of God and in the service of humankind.
  3. The 3rd principle of stewardship is to share God’s gifts lovingly and in justice with others. The self-emptying sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is for us a model of sharing with love and in justice.
  4. The 4th principle of stewardship is to return God’s gifts with increase of the Lord. It is often the fear of losing what we have coupled with inertia the keeps us from giving. Yet, the Gospel urges us not to hoard or be content with the status quot. Faith in God’s love and abiding care gives us the confidence to give so that our gifts may bear fruit.

The Difference Stewardship Will Make

What difference will stewardship make in my life?

The world will never run out of needs. Trying to respond to the needs of the world on their own terms will leave the giver discouraged. Stewardship shifts the focus from the needs of others to our relationship with God. As we live out our baptismal commitment to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit united by love, we gradually grow in the life of discipleship so that our will and God’s will increasingly coincide and God becomes more deeply present to us that we are to ourselves (Deus caritas est, Benedict XVI). Stewardship changes your priorities so that self-abandonment becomes your will and God becomes your joy.

What difference will stewardship make in my parish?

Home is a place of love, safety, trust, and acceptance. It is also a place of responsibility, inter-dependance, teamwork, sacrifice, investment, and chores. Giving people a job to do, gives them a stake in the community. Parish stewardship is the difference between programs and people, the difference between planning and prayer, it’s the difference between fossilisation and evangelisation, and it's the difference between a place you visit and a place you belong.

What Can I Do?

There is no pre-fabricated program for stewardship. It requires a conversation of individual hearts and an ongoing transformation of a community. There are concrete stewardship practices. You and your parish are already doing many of these things to some degree. To increase the stewardship spirituality in your parish requires a conscious commitment to the process that rests upon a spiritual foundation, formation in prayer, the development of identify, and a build up of community through trust and accountability.

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