Gracious and Loving God,
You alone are the source of every good gift:
the riches of our country,
the love of our family,
the talents and resources of all the people of
Our Lady of Lourdes+St. Anne .
Everything we have and are is from You.
We thank You for these gifts and for Your unconditional love.
Lord, send us Your Spirit
so that we may know and use our gifts
to build Your kingdom
in our homes, in our church and in our world.
We commit ourselves to be good stewards of
our time, our talent and our treasure.
Help us develop and share these gifts with all,
in justice and in love,
and finally, to return them to You in abundance
as faithful and passionate disciples of
Jesus Christ, Our Savior.
Saint Anne (SA) and Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) parishes have been studying Stewardship for several years. This biblically-based way of life continues to impress us. It emphasizes God’s ongoing, active role and our responsibility for giving back, not just out of duty, but out of gratitude for the opportunities, abilities, and resources we have been blessed with. We have all experienced spiritual growth as a result of our exposure to this way of life. Our combined Stewardship Council will continue learning so that we can improve our understanding and support the spiritual development of each member of our cluster.
Here is a brief summary of how we arrived at our current configuration:
•As early as 2006, Saint Anne had an established Stewardship presence.
•In December, 2008, the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Pastoral Council invited four of its members to look into the concept for the first time. They realized that Saint Anne parish had an active Stewardship committee, so they began a Lourdes-focused initiative.
•By May, 2009, OLOL had formed a committee that included five additional parishioners. They studied the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, visited three area parishes actively engaged in Stewardship, and contacted six others whose representatives the OLOL representative had been introduced to at the national conference in Wichita, KS earlier that year. In addition, they met with OLOL staff and ministry leaders to present their findings and gather reactions and input.
•By Fall, 2010, Saint Anne and Our Lady of Lourdes had each formed a separate Stewardship Council to focus attention on the spirituality of Stewardship. The OLOL Stewardship Council created and utilized a power point presentation with parishioner focus groups within their parish to gather input and gauge reactions from “the people in the pews.”
•In December, 2010 we created a 12-person joint OLOL † SA Stewardship Council to facilitate the introduction of a renewed understanding of Stewardship to both parishes simultaneously. Our staff liaison was Sr. Joan Sobala, and Fr. Jim Lawlor was our mentor, due to his extensive experience implementing Stewardship as pastor at St. Catherine parish in Mendon.
•Currently, parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes (Dick Sullivan, Jeriann McEvoy, Lou Kash, Norie Bayer, and Matt O’Connor) and St. Anne (Bonnie-Anne Briggs, Mary D’Sousa, Logan Geen, and Cass Zarzycki) work with Fr. Gary Tyman, Fr. Jim Lawlor, and Nancy DeRycke to bring the message of Stewardship to our Cluster.
You can view the updated version of the power point by choosing it from the drop-down menu at the “Stewardship” tab here on our cluster website.
As a result of our study, we have come to realize that a faith-filled response to God, motivated by gratitude, provides a sense of joy. We are excited by this realization, and want to do all we can to promote the joy of Stewardship in the cluster. Please join us in becoming good stewards of God’s blessings!
For an overview of the Stewardship concept, please click and view:
Stewardship Overview PDF