As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.1 Peter 4:10
A Letter from our Pastor
Blessing is the key component in living as disciples of the Lord and being good stewards of God’s manifold gifts. When we see God’s blessings in our lives and in our community, we are naturally filled with gratitude. That gratitude then causes us to be generous with all that God has given us.
Our gracious response means that we give back to God of our time, talent, and treasure. Not from what is left over, but from the top. This is at the heart of what it means to practice good stewardship. A life of gratitude means we offer to God our best time; we put our best talents to use for others; and we sacrificially give back of our treasure, knowing that it all comes from the Lord.
As we take note of God’s many blessings, let’s also take note of our gratitude, and respond in love and generosity to God, the source of all blessing, as we give of ourselves to our parish community.
In Christ the Lord,
Fr. David Mulholland
Who is a Christian Disciple?
‘One who responds to Christ’s call follows Jesus and shapes his or her life in imitation of Christ’s. Who is a Christian steward? One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with an increase to the Lord.
Genesis tells us that God placed the first human beings in a garden to practice stewardship there— ‘to cultivate and care for it’ (Gn. 2:15) The world remains a kind of garden (or workshop, as some would prefer to say) entrusted to the care of men and women for God’s glory and the service of humankind. In its simplest yet deepest sense, this is Christian stewardship …” Excerpted from Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, © 1993 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A Stewardship Way of Life Leads to Discipleship
“The US Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship invites all Catholics to invest themselves— time, talent and treasure— in the mission and ministries of the Church. This invitation is a challenge for each of us to live a life of gratitude, accountability, and generosity. A stewardship way of life in a way that truly seeks to live as a disciple of Jesus.” Excerpted from The Christian Steward by Harry Verhiley
Have you wondered what Stewardship as a Way of Life means? See how the Stewardship Way of Life is being lived out in parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Becoming a Christian Disciple
Are you ready for the challenge to invest yourself— to give your time, talent and treasure to the mission and ministries of Saint Patrick Catholic Church? Are you ready to live deeper into the stewardship way of life just as Jesus did?