Stewardship is defined in Webster's Dictionary as the "management of something of value entrusted into one's care." Where did stewardship begin? Stewardship began in Genesis (which means "in the beginning").
"The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it." Genesis 2:15. Man was to care for and protect the Garden entrusted to him by God. This command by God is man's first call to stewardship.
After making the heaves and the earth and all the creatures God saw how good it ws. "Then god said, Let us make man in our image, after our own likeness. Let him have dominion over the fish of the sea the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." Genesis 1:26. These passages call for man to be in chare of the world and of the garden entrusted to him by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Man was made in their image and after their likeness. Consequently, the Trinity existed in the beginning and man's call to stewardship was established from the beginning of time.
The Garden was precious because God was present in the Garden. Jesus Christ has allowed us to re-enter the Garden through Him. So many people care deeply for this Parish and our schools for it is a place where Christ resides. we are the stewards of our parish garden. Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners, our ministries, our facilities, and our schools. We are stewards of the Garden and it will grow and produce fruit and a great harvest if we care for our Garden as God has asked us.
"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another. This is how all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 14:34-35.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has been bestowed with an abundance of gifts. These gifts from God demonstrate his unending mercy and love. Love begets love. Our love for God is expressed through our obedience to God's command to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul and to love one another.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a stewardship parish. We believe we are a blessed people and that we have a responsibility to answer God's call to discipleship. By sharing of our time, talent and treasure we are responding to Christ's call for complete and perfect love.
We accept the precept of God's love, we acknowledge we are a blessed people, we recognize that as individuals we have unique gifts. So where do we go from here?
Through the annual Stewardship Renewal process we are asked to take an inventory of our life, and then to make a conscientious decision to share our time, talents and treasure with the church, our community and our family.
Under the Stewardship link you will find a complete list of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Ministries.