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This week all registered parishioners will have received information on our annual Stewardship commitment renewal. This information includes a letter from Fr. Jim and financial information summarizing parish income and expenses. If you would like to see enlarged versions of these charts please click on the charts below. Again this year, in addition to making a financial pledge to offertory we are asking all families to help support our debt service commitment. Click on each slide to enlarge.
The video below was filmed in 2011 but the information is still relevant today. Our Pastoral Council chair gave a witness talk at all the Masses. David helped us understand the difference between Offertory and Debt Service and how your contributions can help sustain the mission and ministry of St. Madeleine Sophie Parish.
STEWARDSHIP and DEBT SERVICE
MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP SARTAIN
Offertory support helps us pay for the day to day operations of the parish. We need approximately $860,000 in annual income to sustain our operational budget. The majority of these funds come from the offertory collection.
Debt Service support helps us make our payments on loans we secured to build the Koinonia Room, the Narthex, Sophia Chapel, Library, Youth Room, Master Plan site improvements and to provide handicap accessibility in the sanctuary and church buildings. We need approximately $20,000 a month to make our loan payments. Over the last three years we have been making our debt payments with pledges received in the 2008 Legacy Campaign. However, these pledges come to an end in December. We need to continue to make our debt payments in January but to do so we need your financial support. It is not possible to support these payments through operations without eliminating ministries and personnel. So instead of running another 3 year campaign we are asking all parishioners to make a donation to debt service in addition to their offertory contribution.
If we have your email address we will be emailing a Stewardship update at the end of the week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewardship is our response to the call to follow Jesus, and a way of living that recognizes all we have – our time, talent, treasure, our life itself – are gifts from God. Stewardship requires us to show our gratefulness for these gifts by sharing them in justice and love with others, and to return them with increase to the Lord. Stewardship is an expression of who we are as disciples of Jesus. By baptism, each person is called to be a disciple, to evangelize our environment, and to build Christian community, to be stewards of God’s gifts.
The four pillars Stewardship invite parishioners to experience, witness, and live the Stewardship way of life, in response to their baptismal call to discipleship, through:
We hope you have enjoyed our past Stewardship activities including the Italian Dinner, Lenten Fish Fries, Summer Picnic, and The Called & Gifted workshop. Look for more activities and events this year.
Almighty God, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us; our lives, our loved ones, in short, all that we are and all that we have. Most of all, we thank you for Jesus your son and our redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life. Jesus was the perfect steward of your gifts showing us that complete trust in you is necessary and that giving of self is a most important part of following him. Please help us to grow in your love and in the strength to give of ourselves to others so that we may follow your son’s example and help all people to complete his mission of salvation. May our every offering of our time, talents, andour material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by his life and death for us. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son and our Lord. Amen.