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A steward is someone who receives God’s gifts gratefully, develops those gifts responsibly, shares those gifts lovingly in justice with others, and makes a return with interest to the Lord.
As such, the goal of parish vitality and stewardship is to help increase the engagement of everyone in the life of their parish as stewards, inviting us all to become more involved in the myriad of different ways to serve one another for the glory of God.
We Offer the Following Resources on Parish Vitality & Stewardship:
1. The Spirituality of Stewardship. Housing resources for parishes, groups and individuals, click on the box above to deepen your understanding of the spirituality of stewardship. Included in this section is Cardinal Collins’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship (including its companion resources), stewardship bulletin reflections for parishes, a stewardship prayer card, and more!
2. Stewardship Sunday. Celebrated annually across the entire Archdiocese of Toronto on the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Stewardship Sunday normally occurs on the third Sunday in September. During this time, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins supplies a homily to be shared at all Masses that weekend. Click on the box above for Cardinal Collins’ Stewardship Sunday homilies - both past and present.
3. Parish Vitality. This section features practical resources to help a parish community deepen parishioner engagement to increase parish vitality. Resources include a welcome back to church video, the Parish Vitality Webinar Series, and a Time and Talent Campaign Kit. The kit was created to help a parish design a “people-raising” campaign built around Stewardship Sunday. Kit resources include a Time and Talent Campaign Card, guides for Lay Witness Speakers, Stewardship Committees, Parish Ministry Fairs, Commitment Sundays, and more!
4. Additional Resources. This section has a multitude of parish vitality and stewardship-related resources, including videos from formation days, our annual parish ministry conference, etc.
If you have any questions, please contact
Associate Director - Parish Vitality & Stewardship in the Office of Formation for Discipleship
416-934-3400, ext. 568