Stewardship tool kit, training coming for parishes

| May 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

New tools to develop stewardship as a way of life will soon be available in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and a series of workshops have been scheduled in early June to help clergy, parish staff, parish volunteers and others interested in growing stewardship in homes and parishes to make the best use of those tools.

A stewardship planner, posters, prayers, sample general intercessions, letters to parishioners, bulletin announcements, commitment cards and much more — all customizable — will soon be available online.

So that those involved in growing stewardship at parishes learn how to access and implement the new resource, the archdiocesan Office of Development and Stewardship has slated workshops at five locations on the following dates and times:

» Monday, June 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lumen Christi, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul.

» Tuesday, June 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie.

» Wednesday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Medina.

» Thursday, June 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., St. Odilia, 3495 Victoria St. N., Shoreview.

» Monday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Patrick, 3535 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights.

A light meal will be included at all of the workshops.

Resources for parishes

Michael Halloran, director of the archdiocesan Office of Development and Stewardship, encouraged parish leaders to attend the most convenient workshop.

“Our hope is to grow stewardship as a way of living within our homes, our parishes and throughout our archdiocese,” Halloran said. “Essential to our success in accomplishing this vision will be to provide resources, support and encouragement to our parish leaders.

“To be sure, stewardship is not a program,” he added. “However, we believe these resources can help in the education and formation around Christian stewardship and the sense of who we are as disciples of the Lord Jesus — recognizing all blessings come from the Lord and these blessings are to be used to serve all of God’s children.”

Committee members who help plan the Archdiocesan Stewardship Conference have previewed the tool kit and served as consultants to Halloran on its contents and implementation.

Terri Ashmore, managing director of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, called the tool kit “a one-stop shop to go for new ideas and useable samples for actual work happening in the parish.”

“I think the ‘Best Practices’ list is a great reference just to ground yourself about the big picture,” Ashmore said. “Practically, for me it’s the sample letters and forms that are so valuable — they are easy to take and adapt to fit your own parish situation. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.”

School Sister of Notre Dame Marion Welter, who served as director of stewardship at Epiphany in Coon Rapids and has been a consultant to parishes on stewardship, said the timing couldn’t be better for this resource package.

“Many parishes are seeking help with their beginning or ongoing stewardship efforts,” Sister Marion said. “The tool kit is the perfect instrument, packed with ideas to assist any parish with creating the awareness and implementation of stewardship as a way of living.”

And, she added, “all will be available at the click of the mouse.”

Father Bob Hart, pastor of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights, pointed out that the new stewardship tools should be helpful to a wide range of parishes.

“What I especially like about the toolkit concept is the variety of options,” Father Hart noted. “No matter where a parish is on their stewardship journey, there is something there for them.”

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