by Parish Staff
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
While it is true that we belong to the parish community of SS. Cyril and Methodius and that we share in the responsibility of providing the financial means to maintain the parish plant and to provide the necessary ministries that help us grow in our relationship to the Lord, it is also true that we form a partnership with the people in other parishes in the Diocese of Corpus Christi to look after the needs of the Catholic people within the Diocese, as well as the non-Catholic and unchurched who live in our Diocese. There are certain specialized ministries for which the Diocese has to take responsibility. These are the services for which individual parishes are unable to provide on their own.
The Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal is the vehicle which enables the diocese to fund these programs and services and at the same time allow the faithful of God to participate in the ministerial work of the Church and help continue the work of our Lord in the midst of those who otherwise would not be reached.
Perhaps more importantly, it encourages and assists the individual faithful to become a part of the work of the larger Church and share their gifts with others who depend on the work of the Church of South Texas.
Can I give to the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal once a year instead of making a pledge?
Yes, give by whatever means works best for you. Many people do choose to give annually.
What should I give to the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal?
God has given each one of us gifts, graces, talents, and abilities which are to be shared responsibly and wisely with others. Faithful stewardship is more than occasional acts of charity and service. It is a way of life, a commitment to giving of our time, talent, and treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received from God. We are continuously challenged to make our financial gifts from our substance, not our abundance, in proportion to the blessings we have received.
Why should I give to the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal since I do not benefit from any of the programs?
If we are to be true stewards of God’s gifts and blessings, we have a responsibility to return a part of what He has blessed us with to the Church and the poor. While there are many calls on each of us, accepting that we receive all things from God helps us focus our attention on the needs of those less fortunate than we are. Being a good steward is rarely convenient or easy, but by being called to be disciples of Jesus, we often must move beyond our own personal wants and become concerned with the needs of others.
The Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal is your opportunity to join your diocesan faith community in supporting the work of Christ in the diocesan church. By making a generous contribution to the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal, you will help support many programs and services. Although parishes are able to handle many needs, some unmet needs are clearly beyond their capabilities and resources. Together, as a faith community, we reach across boundaries to fill the void for those in need and to provide hope and services to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Just what will the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal Funds be used for?
The gifts received by the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal are used exclusively for the work of the Church in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Many services and programs are provided by the Diocese that individual parishes are unable to furnish on their own. These services and programs strengthen parish life as we build, together in unity with Christ, His work.
How is the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal Parish Goals determined?
The diocesan parish goal for the 2019 Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal is $2, 109,010.74. This amount is determined by the diocesan budget and finance committees as they budget and work towards providing the services and programs the Appeal supports. The goal for SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish for 2019 is 62,150.55.
How is the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal Parish Partnerships determined?
The parish goal is based on annual Sunday offertory collections. Each parish is assigned a percentage of the total diocesan partnership using the same percentage as their as their Sunday offertory collections for the entire diocese.
The Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal gives each one of us the unique opportunity to contribute towards the financial responsibilities of the larger diocesan family. This week I encourage each family or individual to discuss the amount that you feel you can contribute and then to pray over your decision asking the Holy Spirit to help you make a good decision. Remember that a sacrificial gift is always the right gift.
I love you,