My church is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them. It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with
a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all the
things that I want my church to be. Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. NY
Stewardship Ministry Enquiries
Parish Secretary 9520 8277 or Maria Burns 9548 2815
Overview of ST JOHN BOSCO STEWARDSHIP GROUP MINISTRY
2009-2010 (Thanks to Maria Burns for compiling and recording this)
STEWARDSHIP :MONTHLY MEETING THEMES/ Explore/Reflect/ Discuss
SEPT 2009-NOV 2009
PPC began to explore and a small group gathered - based on these ideas.
Discipleship - Following Christ because he has first loved us.
Belonging - A welcome that draws us to connection and belonging.
Giftedness - Focusing, Nurturing, Sharing and Giving
DEC.2009 –OCT 2010 Explore/Reflect/ Discuss
Lead by Maria and Caroline the group explored the following:
Hospitality – “Remembering Jesus- Scriptures/Early Church/meaning and impact of hospitality
Stewardship in Action –Shared examples of how we had demonstrated or how we had become aware of Stewardship personally
Presence and Mindfullness and Equanimity : Presence - . Be right here, in this moment Mindfullness - Remaining in the present
Gifts of Gratitude and Blessing :Gratitude
has to do with feeling and expressing appreciation. Blessing is the act
of giving something positive to another in thought, word, or deed.
How does Stewardship support the life of the community a) Working with Parish Council,Finance Committee and others (b)
Developing a way forward for supporting Ministry groups (eg gift
discernment days, ministry fair, formation for coordinators, caring for
STEWARDSHIP: IN ACTION 2010
Creating and adoption of Focus Statement- STEWARDSHIP: God’s way of life Our way of Life + LOGO
Creation of Parish Needs List (Both on web site and Promotional flyers on Church doors at Heathcote and Engadine (Feb-May)
Welcoming Parish Family at Mass-Handing out Mass Bulletins
Hospitality Cake & Coffee served by Stewardship Group (St John Bosco Vigil Mass (30th Jan)
Hospitality Cake & Coffee served by Stewardship Group (Recently Baptised & Families -9.30 Mass (2nd May)
Hospitality Cake & Coffee Morning Tea – JPV Anniversary Celebrations- to be hosted by Stewardship Group & others (24th Oct)
Suggestion to Update Parish Directory - work being done on this ?
STEWARDSHIP: FAITH FORMATION
Monthly Stewardship Team Meeting First Wednesday of each month
Monthly Stewardship Mass Began16/1/10
Aquinas Academy Day Course “Putting Belief into Practice” (4 Stewardship Members attended
Visit to Mary MacKillop Museum (6 Stewardship members + 4 others attended
STEWARDSHIP: AWAKENING UNDERSTANDING
*Parish Leaders Night (27th May):
Number of Participants -57
Shared inspiring and thought provoking ideas on:
is Stewardship and how is it working in other parishes;Reflections on
roles of Parish Leaders; Sharing vision for the parish and
groups;Proposed visit of Tracy Welliver;Personal recognition and naming
of gifts;Inviting friends to name our giftedness:Finding your talents
and building your strengths
ACTION from this:
TRACY WELLIVER DAY- Support of Parish Groups
*Tracy Welliver Day (25th July)
Number of Participants (Registered) -189
Morning Session = 112 People
Afternoon Session = 39 People Plus Some morning attendees decided to stay
Evening Session = 38 People Plus
(Not all participants registered)
Morning Tea served
1. Stewardship-What is it .How is it a Gift to our Parish
2. How Stewardship can help us make a difference -for those who wish to apply the gift of Stewardship
3. Stewardship and Youth
Would you like to participate in a free workshop
Do you have a better understanding of Stewardship
Have your gift/talents been awakened
Would you like to use your gifts/talents for the benefit of the Parish
Would you like a member of the Parish to call you
ACTION resulting from this:
a) Strengths & Talents On-line Questionaire Question 1 (20 Participants)
b) 3 Workshops
c) In process-FOLLOW UP to Question 4
*Parish Expo of Group Ministeries (11th Sept)
To celebrate the gift of all our Ministeries to the Parish of St John Bosco.To bring an awareness to others of the work done in the various Groups
Number of Groups represented =
*Strengths and Talents Workshops
Number of Participants = 20?
Number of Workshops = 3 (13th Sept;20th Sept;27th Sept)
Workshop #1: Discover your natural talents -
Understand your natural talents and tap into their real potential;
Workshop #2: Identify and value talents in others -
Understand how talents differ in people and where they can either be complimentary or conflicting;
Workshop #3: Applying your talents to help others -
Learning how your unique talents can be of real value to others;
STEWARDSHIP-WHERE TO FROM HERE?