Apostolic Formation and Service
We seek to develop the heart of an apostle, one that is sensitive and responsive to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others. We engage in corporal and spiritual works of mercy as well as becoming good stewards of all the Lord has entrusted to us. Apostolic formation brings us into contact with the realities of life, awakening in us a sense of gratitude, to receive our gifts gratefully, nurture our gifts responsibly, share them justly and sacrificially and return them abundantly to the Lord.
Family Life Ministry
The Family Life Ministry Program is a joint effort of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Creighton University. A two year training program develops a “facilitative” style of leadership. Leaders are trained to enable, support and coordinate other persons, families and groups in the parish to do the work of direct family ministry. Programs are developed as needs are assessed.
What difference will Stewardship make in my life?
The difference is the motivation for giving. It is so easy to put life on hold and, with it, all of our good intentions, saying: "Someday when I have more time" or "When I’ve reached my goals" or "I’ll give my share of time, talent and treasure, but not right now." What will we tell those in need of prayer, a kind ear or many other acts of Stewardship? If we all act like this, gifts the Lord has given us will go unshared. Stewardship acknowledges that God is the source of all of our gifts and talents, while we are the caretakers of these gifts.
Where Stewardship has been implemented, both givers’ and receivers’ lives have been changed. True conversion has taken place in the hearts and minds of many who embrace Stewardship as a way of life.
What's the difference between Stewardship and fundraising?
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus specifically talks about how God wants us to live our lives to help build God's Kingdom. Scripture talks about what we should be doing with the gifts that God has given us. Stewardship is based on Jesus’ challenge to us to live as God has planned, not on the monetary needs of our parish. Stewardship is based on our need to give out of gratitude to our most generous God, not on the church’s (or any other charity's) need to receive.
Parishes and charities will always have needs. Fundraising efforts are built around institutional or charitable needs (a new roof, a new boiler, renovated buildings, etc.). Good stewards respond to the needs that fundraising efforts address, but they always focus on the primary fact that, as disciples of Jesus who have been gifted by a most generous God, we need to give!
"Happiness lies more in giving than in receiving." -Acts 20:35
What's the difference between Stewardship and tithing?
In terms of financial resources, Stewardship invites parishioners to give a percentage of their income that represents their sacrifice to the parish and other charities. Tithing is the biblical notion of giving one-tenth (10%) of our money. The U.S. Bishops have given us the following guidelines for giving:
5% of income to parish
1% of income to Archdiocese 4% of income to other charities
Good stewards reflect upon their current level of giving, and consider increasing their giving, if possible. The ultimate goal is to achieve the biblical tithe. Giving might be more or less, depending upon what a person or family has concluded through prayer and reflection. The important thing is to take the first step of faith by putting God first.
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