Prayer – Receives Gratefully
Serves – Cultivates Responsibly
Giving – Shares Resources
The US Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship tells us that a steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly and in justice, and returns them with increase to the Lord. These 4 attributes of a steward match up with 4 areas of focus for both individual Catholics and the parish: we receive God’s gifts gratefully through prayer and worship focused on thanksgiving; we cultivate them responsibly through formation and education focused on learning more about stewardship and how to be better stewards; we share our gifts lovingly and in justice when we share them with others especially the less fortunate; and we can return them with increase to the Lord by giving adequately to the Lord’s instrument here on earth, our Church.
The early Christian community realized that if they are to grow as a community and deepen their relationship with the resurrected Lord they had to pray. We read in Acts 1:14: “All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer”. True discipleship calls for prayer. At St. Anthony our top priority should be, must be, about praying and building a deep bond with our Lord and Savior. During the Month of April, we focus as a community on our personal prayer life.
We thank the Lord for the resources he has given us and show our gratitude by making an annual financial commitment to our parish community. Your financial commitment is needed and appreciated! Gifts can be made securely online with a credit card at giving.stanthonytigard.org or pledge cards are in the church or parish office. May has been designated the Month of Giving
St. Anthony Church has over 50 ministries each giving you an opportunity to live your Catholic faith and become fully engaged in the parish community. God has given you many unique gifts and talents to share! Whether you have one hour a week, a month or year, you can make a difference. St. Anthony is a community that prays gratefully, serves responsibly and gives generously. As a community we will continue to focus on these three elements of stewardship and continue our quest to become more involved Disciples of Christ. The annual Ministry Fair is held in September.