"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).
As stewards of God’s treasure, there are several ways to contribute to the financial well-being of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish:
In the “Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship,” a steward is identified as one who safeguards material and human resources and uses them responsibly and gives generously of their time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
The Summary continues that “[p]eople who want to live as Christian disciples and Christian stewards face serious obstacles. In the United States and other nations, a dominant secular culture often contradicts religious convictions about the meaning of life. This culture frequently encourages us to focus on ourselves and our pleasures.
At times, we can find it far too easy to ignore spiritual realities and to deny religion a role in shaping human and social values. As Catholics who have entered into the mainstream of American society and experienced its advantages, many of us also have been adversely influenced by this secular culture. We know what it is to struggle against selfishness and greed, and we realize that it is harder for many today to accept the challenge of being a Christian steward. It is essential, therefore, that we make a special effort to understand the true meaning of stewardship and live accordingly.
The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that "all things work for good for those who love God" (Rom 8:28).
The Spirit shows us the way.
Stewardship is part of the journey.
Here at Our Lady of the Assumption, we have been blessed with a generous community. We thank you for considering O.L.A. as the recipient of your financial stewardship. May God reward you for your sacrifice.