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The goal of stewardship is to increase the engagement of everyone in the life of the parish, inviting us all to become more involved in the myriad of different ways to serve others. Cardinal Collins wrote in his Pastoral Letter on Stewardship,
“Stewardship is undeniably fruitful. Where, over time, more and more parishioners become engaged in committing their time, talent, and treasure to the work of the Gospel, the Church flourishes.”
Parishes may wish to align their time and talent efforts with Stewardship Sunday as it offers an annual opportunity to invite people to become more involved in parish life as well as thank existing volunteers for their service over the past year.
To assist parishes in planning stewardship events we have created a parishioner “Time and Talent Campaign Kit”. The kit is flexible in that you can pick and choose which elements you feel would work best for your parish community.
Electronic versions are below. If you would like a hard copy of the kit mailed to your parish, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Stewardship Sunday as your launch, the Campaign Card provides a visual example of how you can leverage the generosity of the Thanksgiving season to create a parishioner “time and talent campaign” at your parish to get more people involved in parish life.
One of the tools we have to invite people to get involved in our parish communities is personal witness. If done right, a personal witness can be a powerful call to action. With approval from the pastor, this guide will help a parishioner to create a lay witness talk in a parish setting that builds up ministries in a safe, structured, and inspirational way.
Parish ministry fairs provide interested parishioners with the opportunity to learn more about the myriad of ways they can share their God-given time and talent with their parish community. A well-structured fair can also build relationships by creating conversational opportunities between interested people and those who are already serving. A well-done fair can reinvigorate your ministries.
This guide is designed to help you create the space to begin planning stewardship formation activities and events at your parish. Whether or not you wish to give the mandate of stewardship to your parish council, reorient an existing committee towards stewardship, or create a new stewardship committee, this guide will help.
This guide contains the practical resources (e.g. sign-up forms, etc.) you can adapt to invite people to become more active in your parish.
Based on the guides above, these customizable posters will help you to promote stewardship events in your parish. If you would like a supply of posters mailed to you, email email@example.com.
Forms pdfs (coming soon!)
Building upon last year’s Parish Vitality Webinars, the Office of Formation for Discipleship is pleased to offer Part II in the series. With pandemic restrictions beginning to lift, the webinars of the 2022 season will focus on parishioner engagement “post-pandemic.” Registration is now open. To register, click on the links below. If you have any questions, contact Quentin Schesnuik, Associate Director of Parish Vitality and Stewardship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Re-engaging Parishioners in a "Post COVID World" - March 30, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
With COVID restrictions winding down, we should be aware of how people have changed, from their habits to their involvement in parish life. In some parishes, long-time volunteers are not back, discipleship groups may no longer be meeting and many of our large-scale parish-wide events have been either canceled or dramatically scaled back. How do we move forward? This session will cover our changing dynamics, offer key plans and strategies for change, and give insight into what 2022 can look like for your parish!
PRESENTER: Katie Price, serves as the Director of the Office of Parish Vitality and Mission Advancement in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Katie has worked on the US national level with Catholic parishes, schools, and religious orders through consulting on stewardship, evangelization, digital communications, and organizational strategy.
2. Parish Time Machine
April 27, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
If we could time travel into the future after all pandemic restrictions have been lifted, will parish attendance be back to normal? Will volunteers have returned or will we need to rebuild? If only we could build a parish time machine to glimpse what the future may hold…Join us for the next best thing! It has been a year since pandemic restrictions have been lifted at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita. Fr. Jarrod will share what we may encounter in the upcoming year. We will also discuss how the new archdiocesan Time and Talent Campaign Kit can help increase engagement.
PRESENTERS: Fr. Jarrod Lies, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the Diocese of Wichita, KS. St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been living the Stewardship Way of Life for about 50 years and is regarded as a flagship stewardship parish in Wichita. Quentin Schesnuik is the Associate Director, Parish Vitality and Stewardship in the Office of Formation for Discipleship.
3. Welcoming the Hidden Christ in Our Parishes - May 18, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Mother Theresa once remarked that she found Christ living under a bridge in Calcutta. We don’t need to journey to some far off land to encounter the hidden Lord. He is in our parishes in the form of a shaking hand grasping a railing to stop a fall; a frustrated child with a learning disability; a depressed teenager looking for hope; a wheelchair stuck in the snow. This webinar will focus on how our response as a parish community to people living with disabilities increases parish vitality while enriching our own spiritual lives in the process. It is in giving that we receive!
PRESENTERS: An expert panel led by Dr. Constance (Connie) Price, Co-Director of the Office of Formation for Discipleship.
4. Catholics Come Home (for Families!) - June 15, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Those who have been away from the Church may be feeling a tug in the heart from our Heavenly Father calling them back home. We want them back. We have missed them, and our Church is not the same without them. From over 20 years of insights in outreach, Catholics Come Home, an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate, will discuss trends facing the church, share insights into reaching out to families in particular, and talk about how compassionate messaging can help bring Catholics home. As pandemic restrictions wind down, now is the time to come home!
PRESENTER: Ryan Hanning, PhD, Catholics Come Home, Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies, University of Mary Instructor, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Catechetical Institute.
Through the lens of stewardship, the Office of Formation for Discipleship has created a seven-part Parish Vitality Webinar Series which features engaging speakers and practical topics designed to help increase parish vitality.
How do you create dynamic parish messaging that grabs attention, makes your message a “must-read”, and then moves the reader to act? Sharing with us a formula for well-crafted parish messaging is an industry professional named Mike DiCosola from Diocesan and Neil MacCarthy, Director of PR and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Pandemic closures have taught us we need to find new and creative ways to engage our parishioners. This webinar will teach insider secrets on how to create professional-looking videos “on the cheap”. We will also unpack a unique storytelling model you can use to create compelling short videos for your website.
One of the tools we have to invite people to get involved in our parish communities is personal witness. If done right, a personal witness can be a powerful call to action. We will explore how to invite parishioners to share their personal witness to build up your parish ministries in a safe, structured, and inspirational way.
Many of our parishioners have actively volunteered in secular charities but have never considered the prospect of sharing their time and talents in their parish. Why is there this big disconnect? The focus of this webinar will be to assist you in developing a parishioner re-engagement campaign, built around Stewardship Sunday…and beyond!
This session will focus on ways a parish community can engage parishioners who are unable to return to church post-COVID. Though physically separated from us, these parishioners do not have to be spiritually distant. Join us as we explore creative ways to help keep these parishioners engaged in the life of the parish for the enrichment of the whole community of faith.
Do you become nervous and worried about how people will react to you when you ask for something the church needs? Has this prevented you from asking others to get involved in the parish? If so, this webinar will focus on a mindset you can tap into whenever you ask for something and will offer practical examples of the ways you can structure an ask, including the creation of special events such as a Parish Ministry Fair to assist you in your cause.
It has been said that “Hospitality creates relationship. Relationship builds trust. And trust is essential for conversion”. Hospitality can create a space for dialogue and help to undo the knot of hostility, which is, unfortunately, a part of our modern age. This webinar will explore the importance that hospitality plays in the life of the missionary disciple and how, when done right, can help to revitalize a parish community.
If you have any questions, please contact
Associate Director - Parish Vitality & Stewardship in the Office of Formation for Discipleship
416-934-3400, ext. 568