Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Formation is a formidable task, involving education for the mind and conversion of the heart. To know the "stewardship way of life" does not make one live a "stewardship way of life." Ongoing Catholic education is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards.
Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and Church. Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation. The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and return God's gifts.
Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself. Parishioners of a Stewardship parish seed to see the face of Christ in one another. A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish regardless of the parish demographics: large or small- urban, suburban or rural.
Generous and Loving God, You call us to be disciples of your Son, Jesus and good stewards of all your many gifts. Open our minds and hearts to a greater awareness and deeper appreciation of your countless blessings. Transform us through the power of your Spirit to nurture a Stewardship way of life marked by faith-filled prayer, service to our neighbor, and generous sharing. Teach us to be faithful servants of your gifts. With Mary's help, may we return ten-fold the gifts entrusted to us. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
7000 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116