Stewardship & Communications
Mission of Stewardship and Communications:
The mission of this ministry is threefold: to assist the Bishop with calling the faithful of the diocese to lives of Total Stewardship; to assist the Bishop with development of resources to carry out the mission of Jesus; and to communicate the mission of Jesus, the teaching of the Church, and the activities of the diocese to our faithful and the larger public audience.
Calling the faithful of the diocese to lives of Total Stewardship
Carrying out the Mission
- Cathechesis and training of diocesan and parish leadership concerning church teaching on Stewardship
- Assisting parishes in the development of parish stewardship committees
- Creating and producing stewardship materials and programs
- Developing and implementing annual diocesan stewardship
- Consultation and workshops for parishes on stewardship and development efforts
- Development of resources through the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, planned giving programs, capital campaigns and grants. Providing assistance to parishes in these same areas.
- Consultation and workshops for parishes on stewardship and development efforts.
Your parish has decided to start on the road to Total Stewardship. You’ve joined the Stewardship Committee. Maybe you’ve even attended a Stewardship Conference. But what now? The Diocesan Stewardship and Development Office has some suggestions for starting on the journey.
Set aside 5 sessions to meet with your committee to study the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter and/ or the Guide to the Journey. You can obtain copies by calling the Stewardship and Communications Office at (409) 924-4300 x4302, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Set aside prayer time with your committee and individually for prayer and for opening your heart to the theology of Stewardship.
Be sure Stewardship posters are prominently displayed in several places throughout your church property.
See that Stewardship readings and reflections in your bulletin are not linked to “Last Week’s Collection”. Stewardship is more than this!
Use one of your meetings to brainstorm on ways to make parishioners feel welcome. People respond with time, talent, and treasure when they feel welcomed and needed.
Use the words “Steward” and “Stewardship” when discussing ministries, vision, your parish’s mission, and blessings.
Introduce prayers of gratitude into your liturgy.
Talk to your pastor about a series of consecutive homilies to discuss Stewardship. Remember Stewardship is more than treasure and fundraising. Don’t wait until you have a plan mapped out for Stewardship commitment. You can talk more about specifics later. This should be a series of talks on the Theology of Stewardship.
Have committee members target a different Mass each month. Attend that Mass as a group, wearing name tags that identify you as Stewardship Committee members. Ask your pastor if you can act as greeters that weekend. Serve coffee and donuts after Mass. Use the time to get to know each of your parishioners personally.
Appoint a specific committee member to work with the Church secretary on getting or producingnew stewardship material for insertion in the bulletin. Remember people become anesthetized to seeing the same format. If you’ve been using the same format, now is the time for change.
Set up a study session for the Disciple’s Response for the entire parish. Announce it in the bulletin, on your website and at Mass, but also have each committee member personally invite at least two people to the sessions. Serve food. Make it fun and welcoming.
Place a “Gratitude Book” in your vestibule. Ask parishioners to write down your parish’s blessings. How has God blessed your parish? Remember to thank God for these blessings during liturgy.
Suggest that parishioners use the offertory time to decide what they will give back to God this coming week, in time and talent as well as treasure. Remind them to consider their families and the wider community as well as their parish.
Make a decision yourself to become a Total Steward. Are you tithing your time and treasure? People will follow what you do, more than what you say.
The Stewardship staff is available to assist your parish. If you need more suggestions or would like specific help on getting started, contact us at email@example.com
In 2001, Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD requested that each parish in the diocese establish and maintain an active Parish Stewardship Committee appointed by the pastor. If a separate committee for Stewardship could not be maintained, the parish should designate three members of its Parish Pastoral Council to form a subcommittee of Council who would focus on Stewardship catechesis and efforts.
Formation and Membership:
- Members are appointed by the pastor for three year terms
- Members must be active, registered members of the parish in full communion with the Church
- Members should be formed and trained in Catholic Stewardship or in the process of receiving training
- Ideal committee would consist of 5 to 7 members with no less than 3
- Meets monthly – at least 8 meetings a year. Keeps pastor informed of meeting times for his possible attendance and supplies minutes to pastor
- Committee chair elected yearly by membership. Chair is responsible for keeping pastor informed of results of committee research, education, ideas and efforts as well as other pertinent information.
- Assist pastor in catechizing and forming parishioners on the Catholic teaching of Stewardship
- Analyzes parish profile and census to determine trends
- Analyze trends in parish and area census to assist pastoral council and pastor on future pastoral needs. Reports analysis to the pastor at least once a year.
- Analyze parish stewardship of treasure, determine trends (offertory, diocesan appeal) to assist pastor and finance council in determining future revenue and expense issues. Reports findings to the pastor at least once a year.
- Analyze and creates report for Pastor on parish growth in regard to teaching of Stewardship
- Responsible for organizing yearly Parish Commitment of time, talent and treasure as determined by the pastor. A yearly Stewardship or Ministry event is usually part of this commitment period.
- Responsible for organizing State of the Parish event if pastor requests one
- Develop avenues for growing parish resources (non-task) of talent and treasure
- Assist the pastor with submission for Diocesan Stewardship Awards
Created: Sept. 2002
Revised: Sept. 2005
Revised: Sept. 2019
- Nov. 7, 2019, 5:30 pm: Diocesan Stewardship Council/Ad hoc Meeting, Pastoral Center – Parish Stewardship Committees welcome to attend, RSVP required
- Nov. 14, 2019, 6pm: Stewardship Workshop, St. Anthony Cathedral Center – Are You Speed Dating Jesus?
- Dec. 4, 2019, noon: Diocesan Stewardship Council/Ad hoc – Noon
- Dec.8 , 2019: Bishop Faith Appeal Leadership Dinner – Holiday Inn
- Jan. 9, 2020: Diocesan Stewardship Council/Ad hoc Meeting – Noon
- July 15-19, 2020: Unity Explosion, Elegante Hotel – Evangelization Conference, registration required
- Aug. 20, 2020: Bishop’s Faith Appeal Intention Mass, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica – All are invited
- Sept. 13, 2020: Stewardship Awards Ceremony – By invitation
Involving the New Kid on the Block
If your parish is like most others in the diocese, you probably see a steady stream of newcomers — people who are new to Southeast Texas, new to your city, or maybe visiting your parish in hopes of finding a church home in Catholicism. How do you keep them coming back?
Here are some ideas from across the country that are working:
Set up a welcome table in the vestibule for visitors and new parishioners. Be sure the table is staffed. Supply information on your parish. Some parishes have parish registration forms available to get things started — saving newcomers a trip to the office during the work week.
Instead of holding a newcomers event, send newcomers a special invitation to the next parish picnic or dinner. Then have a member of your welcoming committee offer to pick up the newcomer and family and bring them to the event.
Pair the newcomer with a long-time parishioner with similar interests — seniors with seniors, singles with singles. Have the established parishioner act as a sponsor introducing the newcomer to activities and organizations over a year-long period.
Invite the newcomer to a Stewardship Committee Meeting. Make the newcomer an important guest. Supply the newcomer with a copy of the Disciple’s Response as a gift from your parish. Ask the newcomer to consider being part of your committee. This has two benefits: the newcomer immediately gets involved in a parish ministry and you grow your committee.
Be sure your parish has a Hospitality Ministry… one that greets newcomers and visitors at each weekend Mass and encourages them to return for liturgies and services. If your parish does not have an active Hospitality Ministry, offer to organize and chair one as part of your Stewardship of Talent.
For more ideas, check out one of the audio or video tapes available through the Stewardship Office.
The Church’s Economic-Social Teachings
By Father Ron Rolheiser
Most of us have been raised to believe that we have right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate inheritance. No matter how large that wealth might be, it’s ours as long as we didn’t cheat anyone along the way. By and large, this belief has been enshrined in the laws of democratic countries and we generally believe that it is morally sanctioned by the Christianity.Partly this is all true, but it needs a lot of qualification. From scripture, through Jesus, through the social teachings of the churches, through papal encyclicals from Leo XIII through John Paul II, the right to private ownership and private wealth is mitigated by a number of moral principles. Let me list a number of those principles (which are taught with the weight of Ordinary Magisterium within Roman Catholicism and the ecclesial equivalent of that in most Protestant churches). For Roman Catholics, I will list the major references to church documents:
God intended the earth and everything in it for the sake of all human beings. Thus, in justice, created goods should flow fairly to all. All other rights are subordinated to this principle. (Gaudium et Spes 69, Popularum Progressio 22) We do have a right to private ownership and no one may ever deny us of this right (Rerum Novarum 3-5, 14, Quadregesima Anno 44-56, Mater et Magistra 109) but that right is subordinated to the common good, to the fact that goods are intended for everyone. (Laborem Exercens 14) Wealth and possessions must be understood as ours to steward rather than to possess absolutely. (Rerum Novarum 18-19)
No person (or nation) may have a surplus if others do not have the basic necessities. (Rerum Novarum 19, Quadregesimo Anno 50-51, Mater et Magistra 119-121 & 157-165, Popularum Progressio 230) Thus, no one may appropriate surplus goods solely for his own private use when others lack the bare necessities for life. (Popularum Progressio 23) People are obliged to come to the relief of the poor and if a person is in extreme necessity he has the right to take from the riches of others what he needs. (Gaudium et Spes 69)
The present economic situation in the world must be redressed. (Popularum Progressio 6,26,32, Gaudium et Spes 66, Octogesimus Adveniens 43, Sollectitudo Rei Socialis 43) Thus the law of supply and demand, free enterprise, competition, the profit motive, and the private ownership of the means of production may not be given complete free reign. They are not absolute rights and are only good within certain limits. (Popularum Progressio 26, Quadragesimo Anno 88, 110)
In regards to the private ownership of industry and the means of production, two extremes are to be avoided: Unbridled capitalism on the one hand, and complete socialism on the other. (Quadregesimo Anno 46, 55, 111-126)
Governments must respect the principle of subsidiarity and intervene only when necessary. (Rerum Novarum 28-29, Quadragesimo Anno 79-80, Mater et Magistra 117-152) However when the common good demands it they not only may step in, they are obliged to do so. (Popularum Progressio 24, 33, Mater et Magistra 53, Gaudium et Spes 71) As well certain forms of property should be reserved for the state since they carry with them an opportunity of domination too great to be left to private individuals. (Quadragesimo Anno 114, Mater et Magistra 116)
Governments may never sacrifice the individual to the collectivity because the individual is prior to civil society and society must be directed towards him or her. (Mater et Magistra 109, Quadragesimo Anno 26)
Employers must pay wages which allow the worker to live in a “reasonable and frugal comfort” (Rerum Novarum 34) and wages may not simply be a question of what contract a worker will accept. Conversely, workers may not claim that the produce and profits which are not required to repair and replace invested capital belong by right to them (Quadragesimo Anno 55, 114) and they must negotiate their wages with the common good in mind. (Quadragesimo Anno 119, Mater et Magistra 112) As is the case with the employer, it is not just a question of what kind of contract can be extracted.
Both the workers and the employers have an equal duty to be concerned for the common good. (Laborem Exercens 20)
And, the condemnation of injustice is part of the ministry of evangelization and is an integral aspect of the Church’s prophetic role. (Sollectitudo Rei Socialis 42)
The church has history on its side in teaching these principles. The failure of Marxism in Eastern Europe highlights precisely that an attempt to create justice for everyone without sufficiently factoring in the place of private profit and private wealth (not to mention God or love) doesn’t lead to prosperity and justice, just as our present economic crisis highlights that an unregulated profit motive doesn’t lead to prosperity and justice either. There is a middle road, and the Church’s social teachings are that road-map.
Used with permission of the author, Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser. Currently Father Rolheiser is serving as President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He can be contacted through his website www.ronrolheiser.com.
|Stacy Augustine||Our Mother of Mercy, Bmt.|
|Fr. Kevin Badeaux||St. Joseph, Port Arthur|
|Fr. Rejimon George||Little Flower|
|Bill Gier||St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica|
|Theresa Herink||St. Anne, Beaumont|
|Dcn. Frank Maida||St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica|
|Laure Maida||St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica|
|Billie Matthews||Our Lady of the Pines|
|James Prochazka||Holy Trinity|
|Donald Pumphrey||St. Pius X|
|Loyce Pumphrey||St. Pius X|
|Levoris Roy||St. Pius X|
|Mona Richard||St. Therese-Orange|
|Karen Wortham||St. Jude Thaddeus|
|Linda LaCour (ex oficio)||Sacred Heart-Port Arthur|
|Marcia Steven (ex oficio)||St. Jude|
|Keith Augustine||Our Mother of Mercy, Bmt.|
|Jocelyn Beverly||Our Lady of the Assumption|
|Jackie Bonvillion||Infant Jesus|
|Sandra Colbert||Our Mother of Mercy, Bmt.|
|Paulette Guidroz||St. Anthony|
|Jane Ann Kemplay||St. Anthony|
|Tom Lanza||St. Anthony|
|Morris Matthews||Our Lady of the Pines|
|Stacy Menard||St. Maurice|
|Danielle Nettles||Our Mother of Mercy, Bmt.|
|Greg Pumphrey||Our Mother of Mercy, Bmt.|
|Ivette Ramirez||St. Mary Cleveland|
|Dcn. Steve Sellers||Our Lady of Lourdes|
|Monique Slaughter||St. Anthony|
|Linda Valyan||St. Pius X|
|Robbie Williford||St. Anthony|
|Carl Woodall||Our Lady of Lourdes|
|Dcn. George Wood, III||St. Anne|
During my episcopacy, our diocese has placed a great emphasis on the Catholic teaching of Stewardship as our people have journeyed together to share their gifts in love and justice. We have come to understand on an even deeper level that each of us is totally dependent on the love of our Creator and interdependent with each other.”
That’s the observation Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, made this July in a letter to pastors about the Stewardship Journey the diocese has been on for the last 19 years. Now he is encouraging all of the faithful to reflect on the past few months to see what insights they have on their own journey and the journey of their fellow parishioners.
Bishop Guillory is also asking the faithful to recognize those who have expressed that Stewardship in an exceptional way by submitting their names for nomination for the individual 2019-20 Msgr. Richard DeStefano Faithful Steward Award. At the same time, pastors and parish leadership are being encouraged to nominate their parish for the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Stewardship Award.
Recipients of both awards will be announced at a live-streamed presentation on September 13. All nominees will also be recognized in the September issue of the East Texas Catholic.
In 2004, the Diocesan Stewardship Council began recognizing Stewardship efforts by individuals and parishes during a yearly awards ceremony. The individual award will be given to the person or persons who have exemplified the Gospel teaching of Stewardship in a profound way between June 30, 2019, and July 2020. The award is named in honor of the late Msgr. Richard DeStefano, the first director of the restructured Stewardship and Development Office.
“Our Diocesan Council wants to remind everyone that the individual award is not given for a body of work, but rather for an effort that took place during that time period,” said Letty Lanza, Director of Stewardship and Communications.
“I also want to remind folks that the parish award is not given to the best Stewardship parish because we have bunches of those. It’s given to the parish that has made the greatest Stewardship stride during 2019-20 fiscal year.
“It’s been a tough year for all of us because of the pandemic. But, I think that has made us go even deeper into our spiritual life and trust God as we may have never done before. We have shown great care for our brother and sisters, for the community. That’s what Stewardship is all about,” Lanza said.
The deadline for submission for both awards is August 28, 2020.
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.
— A Disciple’s Response U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral on Stewardship
Communicating the mission of Jesus, the teaching of the Church, and the activities of the diocese to our faithful and the larger public audience
Carrying out the Mission:
Public relations for the Bishop and Diocesan departments and ministries
Marketing efforts for the Diocesan ministries
All Diocesan media efforts including publication of the East Texas Catholic, The Official Directory of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, the Bishop’s televised message and the Diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofbmt.org
Manager of Media Production/Web and Graphics
Director of Stewardship and Communications
Associate Director of Communications and Development
Services:The Office of Communications is responsible for preparing for publication the diocesan newspaper East Texas Catholic, and the annual diocesan directory. The office also is responsible for television, radio, and the diocesan website and news releases.
The Official Directory of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont is published annually, and includes information about the diocese, the parishes and missions, schools, Catholic hospitals, and other related information and statistics.
PO Box 3948, Beaumont, TX 77704-3948
Assisting the Bishop with the development of resources to carry out the mission of Jesus
Carrying out the mission
Creation and implementation of the Bishop’s Faith Appeal
Creation and implementation of the Diocesan Capital Campaign
Diocesan Planned Giving Efforts
Assistance to parish, schools and diocese’s organizations with grants and development efforts
Assisting new communities with understanding of the institutional Church