Through Baptism, every Catholic has been given the grace to be God’s steward, and we are called to be stewards of this grace. God fills us with His life so we can find joy in serving others. God showers us with blessings so we will have gifts to share. In the opening words of their pastoral letter on stewardship, the U.S. bishops tell us, “once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an option.”
Through our Baptism, we receive God’s grace. The Catholic Church invites to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through daily prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. By growing closer to Christ, we will come to know the ways in which Our Lord wants us to share the gifts that have been entrusted to our care.
Everything we have has been given to us…our time, our work and leisure, our talents and skills, our family and friends, and our financial and material resources. When we joyfully return our gifts to God with gratitude, we come to realize that we are His sons and daughters, and we deepen our love for our brothers and sisters.
I invite you to explore the website for the office of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. On our website, you can discover what it means to be a joyful steward. You can learn how your giving can benefit you and future generations. You can see the impact of the stewardship of the hundreds of thousands of people who give generously every year.
Our way of life, as joy-filled Christian stewards, makes Christ visible to those who know us. Please join us in sharing God’s grace and love with others.
Executive Director, Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal