As we conclude this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I’m reminded of the words of Pope Francis at the beginning of his papacy: “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can make justice and peace flourish.” For the past seventeen years, the people of our diocese, through Mission Mexico, have been agents of God’s transforming mercy in the lives of many of the poorest of the poor in southern Mexico. As they have benefited from our corporal works of mercy, so we have benefited from their spiritual works of mercy on our behalf. The corporal works of mercy have borne fruit this past year in northern Mexico near Tijuana. The Trinitarian Sisters of that outreach have reciprocated in spiritual ways that have profoundly benefited members of our diocese. The Table of Mercy project was made possible by both your financial donations and time and labour of many Alberta volunteers.
As Bishop Henry has so well noted: “What an example of reciprocal mercy with which to conclude the Jubilee Year of Mercy!”
Gratefully yours on behalf of Mexico’s poorest of the poor,
Fr. Fred Monk, Founder, Mission Mexico
Table of Mercy
John Paul, Table of Mercy Project Coordinator
St. Mary’s Parish, Cochrane, Alberta
“In April 2016, a group of us visited a monastery in Tecate, Mexico and met the Trinitarian Sisters of Mary. They had been praying for many years for God to send someone who could help them construct a soup kitchen/community meeting place at their convent/retreat centre. Thus began Mission Mexico’s Table of Mercy project. Many volunteers from our diocese have answered the call to come and build our special kitchen for the sisters. This beautiful, generous and loving group of nuns that minister to thousands of the poor and hungry each year, have demonstrated to all of us what it means to love as Christ loved us.
Each of us has brought home to Alberta a special gift in our hearts that we never expected.
If God calls you to assist in Mission Mexico projects, don’t be afraid to answer that call. His generosity knows no bounds and you will be given back more than you can fathom.”
Mission Mexico Onsite Representative
“Here in the mountains, there are so many needs in so many different places, and Mission Mexico is a trusted partner in the struggle for life. It isn‘t that Mission Mexico can resolve all the problems of the poor, but it has a proven track record of accompanying the poor as they strive to build a world of greater justice for themselves and others. The people are so noble and the hopes are so tangible that it seems like the greatest blessing on earth to be allowed to journey with them.”
2016 Giving Deadlines
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Merry Christmas from The Catholic Pastoral Centre.
Mission Mexico is an outreach project of Catholics in the Diocese of Calgary. Our goal is to provide funding for micro-economic, education, health and human rights projects in one of the poorest regions in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
For more information visit : www.missionmexico.com
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
Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ,
stewardship is not an option
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.
- The 1st principle of stewardship is to receive God’s gifts with gratitude. Receiving engenders dependence on God. Gratitude acknowledges abundance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.