Become a Stewardship Family

Discerning How and What to Give

Stewardship of Time


Prayer is the beginning of stewardship.  Only when we spend time with God in prayer are we spiritually prepared to offer ourselves in service to others.  As it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Prayer and Christian life are inseparable."  For Catholics, stewardship of time should include setting aside periods for personal and family prayer, for the reading of scripture, for visits to the Blessed Sacrament and for participation at daily Mass whenever possible.  Prayer can be a formal devotional type or one of a simple conversation with God.  No one would go through a day without some type of communication with those they love.  Whatever the format, the most important thing is to make a conscious effort to spend time with our God whom we love most.

Stewardship of Talent


Every Catholic is called by their Baptism to reach out in love to others.  While that may sometimes be difficult, it is nonetheless spiritually enriching and personally fulfilling.  Being a good steward of your gifts means sharing your time, talents, skills and knowledge through volunteering for one or more of our parish ministries or mission outreach activtities.  Every parish relies on the volunteer participation of its community.  Each week at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, dozens of ministry and mission outreach groups are working, praying, and having fun serving together.  There are numerous ways for you to get involved.  Each of us has gifts and talents that can benefit others.  If you take the initiative to get involved, there is a ministry or mission outreach activity where your talents are needed to make a difference!  Don't wait to be asked.  Contact the parish office or the leader of the ministry in which you are interested to determine how you may be of service. 

Stewardship of Treasure


At the top of most people's list of expenses are items like the mortgage, car payments, and insurance.  Other expenses include food, utilities and entertainment.  But what about the Church?  Scripture teaches us to give to God our "first fruits" or the first portion.  Your financial contribution to your parish is vital to support all operations of the Parish, including liturgies, catechesis and mission outreach activities to the faithful of the community and beyond.

Though everyone's contribution will be different, the Church uses the tithe (10%) as a scriptual benchmark.  At Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we are asking each parishioner to give 5% to our parish, 1% to the diocese and 4% to other charities.  It often takes serious re-prioritizing to give to God before spending on self.  But over time, with careful budgeting, most families can reach the scriptural tithe.  Each household at Our Lady of Perpetual Help is asked to budget a generous gift in proportion to your income.  You may want to consider what you are giving now, set a goal and increase that gift proportionately over time.  Only you can decide what is right for you and your family.

Responsible stewardship in this area includes a commitment to your weekly offering, either in your parish envelope or online giving, designated or restricted gifts, mention in a will, property, stocks and other contributions. 


In thanksgiving for God's gifts, please prayerfully consider what your financial contribution to the parish will be.




The spirituality of stewardship should be the foundation of your discernment on what and how to give.  We are not just created by God, but for God.  Examine how you have been blessed and pray for His guidance in making your decisions.  Prayer will support the conversion necessary to live stewardship as a disciple of Christ.


Stewardship of your time, talent and treasure requires thought, planning and commitment.  Stewardship will help you arrive at the right use of money for your family.  Your commitment to your parish needs to be integrated into other financial decisions and incorporated into the regular family budget.  Include your whole family in the dialogue about a commitment to give.


Consider tithing your prayer time as well as financial gifts to the parish.  Start by assessing what you are giving now and reflect on how you are sharing those gifts.  Some Catholics are considering the biblical tithe (10%) as a guideline in determining the amount of their gift to their parish, and what amount to give to diocesan charities, and other community charities. 

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