Stewardship by the book...
"But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." John 10:5
STEWARDS VS. VOLUNTEERS…
WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
Oops…We've learned something new about stewardship that we need to share with our parish family at Saint Catherine. We all do it. We call our fellow parishioners "volunteers" each time they do something within our parish family. Does it really make that much of a difference?
Yes, as a matter of fact, it does make a difference. When you are asked to volunteer at your child's school or in the Altar Society or Day of Caring, it is usually for a specific reason. Your role could be to serve on a committee or to help with a one-time event. No matter what the need, it will come to an end at some point. When you volunteer it has a beginning, a middle, and an END! With stewardship, there is NO END!
In our baptism as Catholics we are called to serve… to build God's kingdom. Stewardship is living our lives in service to God, all the while continuing to build his kingdom. Your position on the stewardship council or as head of the liturgy committee may come to an end, but your responsibility and the gifts that you have been given have not. God has given all of us numerous gifts, some more than others. Until He calls us home, we need to continue to uncover these gifts and strive to live the stewardship way of life, EVERYDAY! You can easily walk away from a volunteer position, but could you walk away from your faith that easily?
SO… from now on, we will not say that we need "volunteers".Instead, we will say that we need "stewards”.