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Called to Be Stewards: Bringing New Life to Catholic Parishes

by Patrick H. McNamara

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Stewardship is an increasingly widespread program for enhancing both finances and ministry involvement in Catholic parishes. Called to Be Stewards describes actual detailed examples of adopting a stewardship approach to funding and to ministry. This book explains the roles of the pastor, parish councils, and stewardship committees in establishing and managing a stewardship program, examines how to integrate a stewardship approach into everyday parish life, and tells how to generate broader parishioner support.

Through the use of case studies, this book describes how eight Catholic parishes adopt a stewardship methodology and highlights the challenges of implementing stewardship in fundraising. Each chapter offers both pastor and parishioner accounts of stewardship implementation and growth, from parishes just beginning a stewardship program to those with a well established and flourishing program.

Chapters in Part I: Beginning Stewardship are "All of Us Have Gifts and are Called Upon to Use Them: Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont (Historic Niles), California" and "Caring Enough to Make a Difference: St. Peter Catholic Church, Kirkwood, Missouri."

Chapters in Part II: Stewardship Under Way are, "So Many Ways You Can Give of Yourself Here: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas;" "We Take Care of the Poor Before We Take Care of Ourselves: St. Marcelline Church, Schaumburg, Illinois;" and "Stewardship Demands Conversion: Church of St. Gerard Majella, Port Jefferson, New York."

Chapters in Part III: Advanced Stewardship are, "We Measure the Depth of Our Faith by the Breadth of Our Outreach to Those in Need: Church of St. John the Baptist, Covington, Washington;" "A Traditional Church with a Modern Message: The Basilica of Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota;" and "Cherishing and Fostering the Gifts of All: Diocesan Stewardship Programs—Archdioceses of St. Louis, Missouri and Seattle, Washington."

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