Stewardship emphasizes our call to serve the Lord as he guides us in becoming stewards of his many gifts. It encourages us to ask ourselves: “What, Lord, do you want me to do to fulfill Your will for the Church?” To be a responsible steward means to live out a commitment to be Christ-centered. Gratitude, justice and love are fundamental motives for giving back to God. Adopting a life of stewardship means pledging a portion of the gifts God has given you through prayer, worship, talents and financial blessings.
A vision for the future
With Bishop McKnight’s leadership and the support of our pastors, we hope that we will become a tithing diocese. When parishioners decide to give from their “first fruits,” acknowledging their gratitude to a generous and merciful God, everything will change.
As people make a commitment to tithe to their parish, the parish will become the focus of their giving. Rather than an annual diocesan appeal, parishes will tithe to the diocese, with 90% of their income remaining in the parish and 10% going to the diocese.
With this 10%, the diocese will fund the ministries and services currently supported by the CSA. Other tithing dioceses have also successfully eliminated second collections by using money from the parish tithe to make contributions to Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Communications, World Mission Sunday and other worthy ministries of the Church in our country.
We have a long way to go, and it will take time, but focusing on grateful giving and a sharing relationship between parishes and diocese are important first steps.
Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2019
In gratitude for the efforts parishes make in this important appeal, this year, after the overall diocesan goal is realized, every parish reaching its goal will have 10% of that amount returned to that parish. Parishes exceeding their goal will also receive 90% of the amount collected above their goal.
According to this formula, the total budget for diocesan allocations is the same as the amount collected in last year’s CSA ($2.145M). Money collected in excess of that amount will be shared with those parishes achieving their goal.
Where does the money given to the CSA go?
Formation – $1,225,350
includes pastoral ministry, vocations, education, youth and Hispanic ministry, development, and other direct services to parishes and individuals
Outreach Services – $549,650
includes a commitment to Catholic Charities, advocacy for life and the poor, and assistance to parishes in need
Matrimonial Tribunal – $260,000
provides annulment and pre-marriage assessment services at no charge to members of the diocese
Chancery Staff Services – $110,000
covers services for employees and visitors to the Catholic Center, in addition to building and grounds maintenance
Parish Incentives – $214,500
Returned to parishes who make or exceed their goal.
No money collected in the Catholic Stewardship Appeal or in your parish contributions will be used for any payments related to sexual abuse.