US Catholic Bishops Send Special Stewardship Message to Teens

Stewardship Seeds NewsletterUS Catholic Bishops Send Special Stewardship Message to Teens

An important statement that came out of the November 2007 meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a message directed to young Catholics. The statement, “Stewardship and Teenagers: The Challenge of Being a Disciple,” encourages our young people to deepen their friendship with Jesus Christ, to look for ways that they can help others and to make financial sacrifices to support God’s work on earth.

The entire document, written in a warm and simple style, can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ web site. Go to and search “Stewardship and Teenagers.” Every young Catholic - and those who work with them - should be encouraged to read and reflect upon this beautiful and encouraging stewardship message which the Bishops have sent to our teens.

The Bishops’ stewardship message to teens is packed full of practical recommendations, encouraging words and powerful reflections. Here are just a few of its teachings:

  • Think of that person you love the most or who loves you the most. Know that the love of God for you is so much more than the greatest love you have ever felt or known.
  • Being a disciple, living out stewardship, cannot be done alone or without guidance. Jesus is your best friend and guide in this venture. You wouldn’t go very long without talking to your best friend or spending time together. So it is with Jesus.
  • If possible, attend the Eucharist more than once a week. Trust us! God is always there, waiting to hear from you and wanting you to know of his unconditional love for you.
  • Seize every opportunity to show God’s love through your random acts of kindness: an encouraging word, a pat on the back, a helpful hand.
  • Be present with the people in your life, especially your family. Offer to help. Practice saying “yes.”
  • Seek opportunities to participate in your parish or faith community as a greeter, altar server, lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion or assistant in the religious education department.
  • Share Your Treasure – the cost of a movie ticket or a pizza can help to prevent a childhood disease or build a house for someone with nowhere to live.
  • Decide to give a certain percentage of money at your parish each week. As you live with this decision, you will grow into a lifelong habit of generosity.
  • Daily prayer and weekly attendance at the Eucharist will be a tremendous help in enabling you to find your way.
  • The Church is grateful for your presence, our young Church, and we thank you for the gifts of energy, idealism and zeal that you share with us.