Archbishop Carlson’s Stewardship Goal

Let us focus on generosity, or returning God’s gifts with increase,
through the generous sharing of our time, talent and treasure.”

Archbishop Robert Carlson has recommended that every week in every parish
a stewardship intention should be included in the “Prayers of the Faithful.”

To have the Prayers of the Faithful emailed to you before each quarter, email Dave Baranowski.

 Spanish translation is available after the English version.

 PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL 
 
December 2017 thru March 2018

December 3, 2017

That we don’t take our time on Earth for granted and look at each day as a gift from God.

December 10, 2017

That we are called to live holy lives and invite others to do the same.

December 17, 2017

That we realize suffering is a gift and helps us build empathy for others.

December 24, 2017

That we take time daily to thank God for the many gifts He has given us, especially the gift of Faith.

December 31, 2017

That God will provide us the strength to forgive those that have hurt us.

January 7, 2018

That, like the Magi, we generously share our gifts with the Lord, trusting He will provide all that we need.

January 14, 2018

That we take time, every day, talking to God - praising Him, thanking Him and asking for His guidance.

January 21, 2018

That we may hear Jesus’ personal invitation to “Follow Him” and respond by generously sharing all our gifts.

 January 28, 2018

That we may open our hearts to receive more fully all of God’s simple and abundant blessings.

 February 4, 2018

That – just as Jesus rose early to pray – we, too, may find time in our day to be with God and to receive strength and nourishment from Him.

 February 11, 2018

That everything we do is for the glory of God.

February 18, 2018

That we may place our lives in God’s hands and have the strength to carry out His unique plan for each us.

 February 25, 2018

That we may answer, “Here I am, Lord,” whenever, wherever and however God calls us to serve Him.

March 4, 2018

That we may learn to turn away from the false idols of our society – those visible and invisible.

March 11, 2018

That we may show our gratitude for Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice by generously making sacrifices in our own lives.

March 18, 2018

That, as God’s chosen people, we may accept and follow God’s plan to generously share our time, talent and treasure with others.

March 25, 2018

That we have the strength and courage to stand up for those in need of our help.


 ORACIONES DE LOS FIELES
  Diciembre 2017 - Marzo 2018

3 de diciembre de 2017

Para que no demos por sentado nuestro tiempo en la Tierra y miremos cada día como un regalo de Dios.

10 de diciembre de 2017

Para que estemos llamados a vivir vidas santas e invitemos a otros a hacer lo mismo.

17 de diciembre de 2017

Para que comprendamos que el sufrimiento es un don  que nos ayuda a tener empatía con los demás.

24 de diciembre de 2017

Para que tomemos tiempo diariamente para agradecer a Dios por los muchos dones que Él nos ha dado, especialmente el don de la fe.

31 de diciembre de 2017

Para que Dios nos dé la fuerza para perdonar a los que nos han herido.

7 de enero de 2018

Para que, al igual que los Reyes Magos, generosamente compartamos nuestros dones con el Señor, confiando en que Él nos proporcionará todo lo que necesitemos.

14 de enero de 2018

Para que tomemos tiempo, todos los días para hablar con Dios, alabándolo, dándole gracias y pidiéndole su guía.

21 de enero de 2018

Para que podamos escuchar la invitación personal de Jesús a "Seguirlo" respondiendo generosamente al compartir todos nuestros dones.

 28 de enero de 2018

Para que podamos abrir nuestros corazones para recibir más plenamente todas las bendiciones simples y abundantes de Dios.

 4 de febrero de 2018

Para que, así como Jesús se levantó temprano para orar, también nosotros podamos encontrar tiempo en nuestros días para estar con Dios y recibir fortaleza y alimento de Él.

 11 de febrero de 2018

Para que todo lo que hagamos sea para la gloria de Dios.

18 de febrero de 2018

Para que podamos poner nuestras vidas en las manos de Dios y tener la fortaleza para llevar a cabo su plan único para cada uno de nosotros.

 25 de febrero de 2018

Para que podamos responder: "Aquí estoy, Señor", cuando sea, donde sea y como sea que Dios nos llame a servirle.

4 de marzo de 2018

Para que podamos aprender a alejarnos de los ídolos falsos de nuestra sociedad- aquellos visibles e invisibles.

11 de marzo de 2018

Para que podamos mostrar nuestra gratitud por el máximo sacrificio de Jesús haciendo generosos sacrificios en nuestras propias vidas.

18 de marzo de 2018

Para que, como pueblo elegido de Dios, podemos aceptar y seguir el plan de Dios para compartir generosamente nuestro tiempo, talento y tesoro con otros.

25 de marzo de 2018

Para que tengamos la fuerza y ​​el valor para defender a aquellos que necesitan nuestra ayuda.


These prayers can be used for parish meetings or other occasions when a prayer is needed.
 

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Daily Stewardship Reflections

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts you have given me – including my time, my talents and my material things?

Lord, how would You like me to become more fully involved in the life of Your Church?

Lord, how would you like me to be more generous with all the gifts You have given me?

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts You have given me?



LIVE IN MY LIFE

Lord,
I invite you to live in my life today.
Here is my face – Smile through it.
Here is my mouth – Speak to someone with it.
Here are my ears – Listen to someone with them.
Here is my heart – Love someone with it.
Here are my hands – Touch someone with them.
Here are my arms – Hug someone with them.
Here are my feet – Walk with them this day.
Amen


STEWARDSHIP PRAYER

Loving God, I come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all I am and all that I have is gift
from you. In faith and love, help me to do your will.


I am listening, Lord God. Speak your words into the depth of my soul, that I
may hear you clearly.


I offer to you this day all the facets of my life, whether it be at home, at
work, or at school – to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy.


Give me the wisdom and insight to understand your will for me and the fervor to
carry out my good intentions.


I offer my gifts of time, talent and possessions to you as a true act of faith,
to reflect my love for you and my neighbor.
 


Help me to reach out to others as you my God have reached out to me.


 A STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

 “The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.” - Genesis 2:15
All:
Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them…” - Romans 12:4-6
All:
Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“This is what the Lord then said to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to take up a collection for me. From every man you shall accept the contribution that his heart prompts him to give to me.’” - Exodus 25:1-2
All:
Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” - Luke 12:48
All:
Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“Give and gifts will be given to you: a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” - Luke 6:38
All:
Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.





STEWARDSHIP PRAYER


O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, I know that all I have received is from your hand.

Gracious and Loving Father, You call us to be stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all

You have entrusted to us. Help us to always use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.

Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing Your message to those we serve.

May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus’ name.


Amen

 


A LITANY OF GENEROSITY

Dear Lord, We come before you today to ask you to help us be more generous.

We pray:

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may fully appreciate all your many gifts to us.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may give without counting the cost.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may share without expecting something in return.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may know the joy that comes from helping others.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may share all that you have given us.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may hold all our treasures in an open hand.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may recognize the many blessings in each new day.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may learn the difference between what we need and what we want.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may ever thank you and serve you.

Leader: Lord, we ask all of this, knowing that you will always give us all that we need. Please bless the work we do for you today and always.

ALL: Amen


A STEWARDSHIP OPENING PRAYER
By: Rev. Msgr. Ted L. Wojcicki, Vicar of Pastoral Planning
Originally written for the 1999 St. Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Evening

Lord, God,

You are the source of all creation.

You are the source of all goodness.


You are the source of love.


You are the source of all good gifts.


You are the source of the gift of life itself.

Lord of Life,

We thank you for the gift of life.

We thank you for all our blessings and talents.


We thank you for all good gifts.

Lord, God, we thank you for the abundance of time, talent, and treasure you have bestowed on the people of God of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

We ask you to help us "Be Responsible Stewards of Your Gifts to Us."

We ask you to bless us with the courage, generosity, and selflessness to help us multiply these gifts among us for the glory of your name.

Let us be not afraid, let us not bury our gifts.

Let us recognize and name these gifts in ourselves and in one another.

Lord Jesus, you have challenged us with your holy words in Sacred Scripture:

  • That the one who "seeks to save his life will lose it;"
  • That the one who "loses his life for your sake will save it for all eternity;"
  • That the "greatest among us is the one who serves the rest;"
  • That it is "harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle;"
  • That our "true treasure is in heaven."

Lord, give us the strength and the faith to respond to your challenging words.

Lord, you have given us also generous promises:

  • That you treasure greatly the sacrificial spirit of the widow’s mite;
  • That you will reward with hundredfold harvest those who sow in the rich soil of faith;
  • That you will not be outdone in generosity;
  • That you will not give us burdens that we cannot bear.

We thank you, above all, for the joy-filled gift of faith and the inspirational witness of generous saints of ages past.

We ask Lord for your blessing upon our Holy Father, Archbishop Rigali, his auxiliary bishops, all diocesan leaders, pastors, parish priests and parish leaders.

Bless our time together this evening.

This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen