stewardship

STEWARDSHIP | “Better the ball:” Returning our gifts to God with increase

When my children attended St. Francis of Assisi grade school years ago, I coached a lot of volleyball, both at the CYC and club levels. As I learned more about coaching volleyball, one phrase has stuck with me over the years — "better the ball." That statement bears further explanation.

STEWARDSHIP | Being grateful, every day

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? Let that question sink in for a minute. Would you even be around today? Would your family, friends, job, home, food, clothing, car, parish, etc. be around today? The list goes on and on.

That question gets to the very core of stewardship — recognizing all the gifts we have been given and being grateful for them, every day.

STEWARDSHIP | In God we trust: We are called to be generous with everything

Putting complete trust in God is one of the characteristics of living a stewardship lifestyle. It means being generous with all of our gifts; not just one or two things we pick and choose.

If we're honest with ourselves, when it comes to sharing, many pick the path of least resistance, the path that causes the least discomfort. We tend to share from our surplus.

Many of us know people who go to daily Mass and regularly attend parish religious events, yet they don't participate in parish ministries or make a weekly financial offering at Mass.

Service is labor of love for K of C member

Russel Smith is the blood drive chairman for the Webster Groves Knights of Columbus and is passionate about his position and the Knights. He collected money outside of Dierbergs supermarket to help children.

Russel A. Smith stood outside the Dierbergs grocery store in Shrewsbury Oct. 9 collecting funds for the Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll drive for people with developmental disabilities.

Smith enjoys helping with the Knights' causes such as this one, which benefits the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. But his passion is serving as blood drive chairman for the Webster Groves Knights of Columbus Council 2119. Since he began as chairman, the number of blood donors to his council's drives has skyrocketed.

Rural Parish Workers look to the future

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With volunteer models such as Mimi Phelan walking the runway, the annual fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King celebrated the past and supported the present.

The event at The Ritz-Carlton on Oct. 13 celebrated 75 years for the ministry and 50 for the "Friends" of the group hosting the fashion show fundraiser to support the ongoing work of serving poor people in the Old Mines area in Washington County.

To this, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson added more cause for celebration.

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.

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