Prayer for My Parish
My parish is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly if I am. It will be holy if I am. Its pews will be filled if I help fill them.
It will do great work if I work. It will be prayerful if I pray. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish family of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and of compassion, charity, and mercy if I—who make it what it is—am filled with these same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things I want my parish to be.
Bless my journey Lord God, that I might follow Jesus and build the Church for your glory.
2020 Stewardship Parishioner Testimonials
Stewardship Starts at Home
Whether “home” is a studio apartment for one, or a house bursting at the seams with family, a stewardship way of life begins at home. Each household that makes up St. Francis Solanus is a small part of our larger, extended parish family. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that each of our homes, “can and should be called a domestic church” (2204). That is why it is so important to live as Christian stewards in every aspect of daily life, beginning right in our very own homes.
At St. Francis Solanus, we have adopted stewardship as a way of life for our parish family. As we enter into this time of Renewal, we are focusing in particular on daily life within each of our “domestic churches” and asking ourselves if we are truly living as Christian stewards every day of the week.
"Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches."
— Pope Francis
Stewardship Of Time
How we spend our time at home says a lot about who we are and what is important to us. When we make God the center of our homes by committing to daily time with Him in prayer as our highest priority, He will transform our lives. How will you commit to use your time in the year ahead so that God is truly the center of your home?
Consider these ideas to help you get started:
- If you are married, pray together each day as a couple. Start with a daily prayer that Jesus Himself recommends, the Our Father!
- Commit to saying grace before meals and have every family member add a prayer of thanks for some blessing received that day.
- Spend five or 10 minutes reflecting on the daily Gospel reading.
- Remember that your home is a gift from the Lord — make sure that what you allow in your home (TV, Internet use, music) honors Him
Stewardship of Talent
We have been created in the image and likeness of an infinitely talented and endlessly creative God. That means young or old, healthy or infirm, we all have talents. And God gave us these talents with a specific purpose and mission in mind — a mission that evolves and changes over time, but a mission that is meant to be ours for a lifetime. The first “mission field” of course is our own homes. Let’s ask ourselves how we can best use our talents in the year ahead to serve each other well in our homes, in our parish family, and in our wider community.
Pray about the following possibilities:
- Commit to serving at a parish event or in a ministry as a family this year. (You will be using your talents and bonding as a family at the same time!)
- Parents and children alike can commit to one extra act of service to a family member every day (doing a siblings’ chore, reading to a young one, coloring a picture for a grandparent).
- If you are homebound, consider ways you can serve right from home — helping with phone calls or emails for a ministry, or offering skills like sewing or baking for parish events. There are countless ways to serve God’s kingdom.
Stewardship of Treasure
"Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
— (Phil 4:6-7)
We all want peace in our homes. God desires this peace for us, too, more deeply than we can comprehend. We obtain it by trusting completely in His love and provision for us. What does money have to do with this? For the true steward, money has a spiritual component. When used according to God’s will, our income becomes a sort of prayer — an expression of our devotion to God, and our trust in His plan for our lives. Our spending habits are also a reflection of what we value most. God asks us to trust Him in all things, even our finances, so that He can fill our hearts and homes with His peace.
Try challenging yourself in the following ways this year:
- Take a look at your current budget and spending habits, and assess what expenses are preventing you from giving more selflessly.
- Ask yourself if your family budget reflects your true priorities so that your spending is a reflection of the values of your Catholic faith.
- Commit to giving a percentage of your income to God through the parish offertory and be faithful to this commitment as an expression of your trust in God.
- Choose a charity that you and your family are passionate about and set a goal of giving a certain amount.