2018 March Saint

 

SAINT FRANCES OF ROME

March 7, 2018 Stewardship Saint

Francesca dei Roffredeschi was born in Rome in 1384, a time when the city was, arguably, at its worst. With a population of only about 25,000, it was no longer a center of power and international commerce. The popes had long departed to Avignon, France. The skyline was littered with the ruins of once spectacular structures. Wild animals ran free through the overgrowth dominating the city.

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2018 February Saint

STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR FEBRUARY: SAINT MARGARET OF CORTONA

February 5, 2018 Stewardship Saint

Saint Margaret of Cortona, February 2018 Stewardship Saint

Margaret of Cortona is the patron saint of single mothers and the homeless. Her story begins in 1247 in Laviano, Tuscany, where she was born into a farming family. Her mother died when Margaret was seven years old and life with her stepmother was very difficult. At age seventeen, Margaret met a young Tuscan nobleman of Cortona, moved out of the family home, and into the young man’s castle.

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Stewardship Reflection

January 21, 2018 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” - Mark 1:17 

Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.

January 14, 2018 - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” - John 1:38

What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.

2018 January Saint

STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR JANUARY: SAINT ITA

December 25, 2017 Stewardship Saint

Ita of Killeedy, Ireland

Ita of Killeedy, Ireland, also known as Ida, is one of the two most famous women saints in Ireland, along with Brigid of Kildare. Born near present-day County Waterford, allegedly of a royal family, she was baptized as Deidre. She is said to have rejected a prestigious marriage for a life as a consecrated woman religious. She moved early in her life to Killeedy (in County Limerick), where she founded a small community of nuns and resided for the remainder of her life, in community with other consecrated women. She dedicated herself to prayer, fasting, a simplicity of life and cultivating a gift for spiritual discernment.

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2017 December Saint

STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR December:

SAINT FABIOLA

December 11, 2017 Stewardship Saint

Saint Fabiola is the patron saint of difficult marriages, divorced persons, abused spouses and victims of unfaithful spouses. She was a Christian, born in Rome in the mid-4th century to a powerful and wealthy family. She was married off at a young age to an abusive and adulterous husband.

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Stewardship Prayer for December

Gracious Lord, Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image,
may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder
on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach
from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your

Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the
greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice
so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world.
We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux�

THE DECISION IS OURS 

Ultimately, stewardship comes down to personal decisions about how each of us lives out our commitment to discipleship and how each of us will respond to God’s gifts based on our experience, self-knowledge and the call of God’s grace. There is the paradoxical truth, hallowed in the New Testament, that by giving ourselves to someone or something beyond ourselves, we discover our own best self: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39). Living as Christian stewards should bring a deeper and greater joy, and confidence about being disciples. Though Christians have not seen Christ, they are assured, by a faith truly lived and generously practiced, the joy, the peace and the life that comes to those who dare to believe and trust in Christ, our Lord.
ICSC on Stewardship 2017

“In truth I say to you, whatever you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
(Matt 25:40)

2017 November Saint

STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR NOVEMBER: 

SAINT ROQUE GONZALEZ DE SANTA CRUZ

By ICSC on November 2, 2017 Stewardship Saint

Saint Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz was born on November 17, 1576 in the city of Asunción, now the capital of Paraguay, South America. The son of wealthy Spanish colonists, he was well-educated and a devout Catholic. He was ordained a priest at age 22.

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2017 October Saint

STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR OCTOBER: SAINT ALPHONSUS RODRIGUEZ

By ICSC on October 13, 2017 Stewardship Saint

Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Spanish Jesuit lay brother whose assignment for 45 years was being a doorkeeper at one of its colleges. One observer noted that Alphonsus carried out this simple task with such loving hospitality that the act of opening the college door became a “sacramental gesture.”

 

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Sharing and Study

Through Ongoing Faith Formation

  • I will read the biography of a saint this year.
  • I will read one of the four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church this year.
  • Attend one adult faith program in my parish.
  • Read something Pope Francis has written.
  • Read a classic Catholic book.
  • Subscribe to a Catholic newspaper/periodical.
  • Read one of the documents of Vatican II.
  • Read something written by one of the early church Fathers.
  • Study about one virtue, commandment or beatitude this year.
  • Share what you have learned with family and friends.
  • Spread the JOY of the Gospel.

Service

 

Through Loving Service

  • Do something kind for another each week.
  • Pray for religious vocations and for all who serve the Church in religious life.
  • Pray for the sick and dying, perhaps send a card.
  • Visit a nursing home and prayerfully adopt a resident.
  • Provide or serve food at funeral lunches.
  • Practice self-denial in some way each week and give what you save to charity.
  • Clean out your closet and give away the excess.
  • Pray for the pope's intention each month.
  • Donate something each month to a food bank.
  • Pray monthly for those who are incarcerated.
  • Welcome newcomers to your parish and town.
  • Volunteer for parish events and activities.
  • Pray for the Unborn, Spiritually Adopt an Unborn Child.
  • Spend quality time with your family and friends.
 

Praying

 

           Through Prayer and My Spiritual Life

  • Pray privately at least 15 minutes a day.
  • Go to a weekday Mass once a week.
  • Pray the Rosary Daily.
  • Read prayerfully the Mass readings for the following Sunday sometime during the week.
  • Spend 30-60 minutes once a week before the tabernacle in Eucharistic adoration.
  • Fast in some way at least one day per week.  
  • Go to confession once a month.
  • Do something to overcome one sinful habit.  Give this to our Lord for Love and Healing.
  • Attend a diocesan "Pilgrimage of Mercy" event.
  • Invite your family or friends to join you in Prayer.
  • Offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy once a week.
  • Open your Heart to the Lord for Direction and Devotion to His love for you.
  • Seek Spiritual Direction to support you on this journey.

A Way of Life

Contact

Kory Koralewski

Director of Stewardship and Development

Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Island
2708 Old Fair Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
O: 308-382-6565 Ext 219
C: 308-999-9821

Stewardship@gidiocese.org

”It’s not how Much we Give but how Much LOVE we put into Giving”  
ST. Mother Teresa of Kolkata