As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Pt 4:10)
Who is a Christian Steward? A Christian Steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.
At Saint Louis Parish, we are all Christian stewards. We are a community of faith; a people of God who are formed by the New Covenant in and through Christ. Each member of our parish shares in the responsibility for its mission, each is called to practice Stewardship of the Church. We are called to look outward and to place ourselves at the service of the entire community, especially those who are most in need. The Eucharist is both the sign and the agent of this expansive communion of charity.
Genesis tells us God placed the first human beings in a garden to practice stewardship – “to cultivate and care for it” (Gn 2:15). The world and all the creatures in it remain entrusted to the care of men and women for God’s glory and the service of humankind.*
The 2012 Tax Relief Act states that fund transfers directly from an IRA to a charitable organizations can be treated tax free for 2012 until Jan 31, 2013. It is also available for the 2013 tax year.
(*Excerpted from the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship – Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response – 1991)