The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that "all things work for good for those who love God" (Rom 8:28).
After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward. As the Mother of Christ, she lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service; she responded generously to the call. We must ask ourselves: Do we also wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ and Christian stewards of our world and our Church? Central to our human and Christian vocations, as well as to the unique vocation each one of us receives from God, is that we be good stewards of the gifts we possess. God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world and Church of ours.
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The Parish Pastoral Council is the “invaluable consultative body to the local parish pastor, whose purpose is to discern and articulate the mission or vision of the parish. The council does not manage parish operations, nor does it dictate program needs, but rather can be the means to achieving the full participation of the whole parish in its mission by giving all a voice in supporting, guiding and directing the various aspects of parish life.” [Parish, Vicariate, and Archdiocesan Councils Handbook, Archdiocese of Detroit, 2011.]
“The Finance Council assists the pastor in the proper administration of the finances and material assets of the parish, especially in regard to any strategic planning brought forth by the Pastoral Council.”
“The Finance Council is to help facilitate the accomplishment of the pastoral priorities identified by the pastor and the Pastoral Council.”
“The Finance Council does not oversee the administration of the parish goods, but assists the pastor in his responsibilities.”
“ The Parish Pastoral Council’s Stewardship Commission will continue to focus on helping parish members discern and use their talents and gifts for the building up of the community. “
[Parish, Vicariate, and Archdiocesan Councils Handbook, Archdiocese of Detroit, 2011.]
Since his return to Detroit in 2009, Archbishop Vigneron has reached out to pastors and archdiocesan councils to identify the most critical needs of the parishes and the Archdiocese. While listening to their concerns and challenges, he was continually reminded of the blessings of strength and fellowship that come from working toward a shared goal in Christ. The Changing Lives Together initiative will enable Southeast Michigan’s 1.4 million Catholics to grow together, sowing our faith, reaping wonderful blessings and rejoicing according to God’s will for His people.
Changing Lives Together will strengthen the future of the Catholic Church in Southeast Michigan in these ways:
Our Lady Star of the Sea parish will soon be participating in this important initiative of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
“The annual Catholic Services Appeal brings a special opportunity for us to answer Christ’s call and to renew our personal commitment to His work in the Church. The CSA touches all of us, both personally and in our parishes, in ways we may not realize. We are the Body of Christ, and the CSA funds ministries, programs and services that everyday in some way impact the lives of thousands in southeast Michigan and beyond.
When we make our annual pledge to the CSA, and share the blessings God gives us, we join with all of our sisters and brothers in Christ who gather throughout the Archdiocese in the Lord’s celebration of the Eucharist to do the work that no individual can do. “ (2012 CSA brochure)