stewardship

Catholic St. Louisans drive successful Beyond Sunday campaign

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The Beyond Sunday capital campaign is the outgrowth of the seed Archbishop Robert J. Carlson planted eight years ago, soon after his arrival in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

He identified Catholic education as his top priority in the Alive! In Christ initiative, later included it among the four pillars of the beONE vision then made it the primary focus of the historic Beyond Sunday campaign, which was launched in June 2015 by the newly formed Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

My, how the archbishop's education seed has grown.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Stewardship: A renewal of our personal covenant with God

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to God a small portion for everything He has given us.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Stewardship: A renewal of our personal covenant with God

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to God a small portion for everything He has given us.

All Saints Parish youth display a passion for service

Ella Elmendorf, recipient of the 2017 Cindi Sitz-Davanzo Award at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, joined other volunteers from the parish in handing out thank you gifts to parishioners for the involvement in parish stewardship after Mass.

All Saints Parish in St. Peters provides an example of encouraging stewardship among youth.

The parish gives an award in honor of the late Cindi Sitz-Davanzo, a parishioner who touched the lives of many through generous acts of service. The award encourages the youth of All Saints to carry on Sitz-Davanzo's dedication to service and stewardship. Sitz-Davanzo, who served on the pastoral council of the parish among other roles, died in 2005 at age 39.

Stewardship examples: ‘It feels good to help’

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Lonnie Hollaway folded boxes for his parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, then later grabbed a screwdriver to fix a door handle.

Meanwhile, Joyce Hollaway interviewed a client who was struggling to pay a utility bill.

Just a typical day at Holy Rosary Parish in Warrenton. Pastor Father John Mayo praised the couple, organizers of the spring and fall fundraising dinners at the parish, for checking in to see what needs to be done around the parish. "They do it out of the kindness of their heart," he said.

Beneficiaries give back

Ruth Raidt, a resident at Cardinal Ritter Senior Service’s Our Lady of Life apartments, volunteers at the gift shop on the campus at Mary Queen and Mother Center. Catholic identity is one of the things that sets apart Cardinal Ritter Senior Service, which benefits from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

A little before 11 a.m. on a recent Friday, Ruth Raidt took her weekly golf cart ride from Our Lady of Life Apartments to her regular, four-hour volunteer shift in the gift shop at Mary Queen and Mother Center, both on the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services campus in Shrewsbury.

Until about two years ago, she walked to her service commitment, but at 91 years old, it was time to catch a ride.

"The driver's also a volunteer; he brings us over here and picks us up," she said. "That makes a big difference. I used to walk — it's not that far — but the legs just didn't want to do it anymore.

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