Our Stewardship Prayer
O God, Loving Creator and Source of all that we have, thank you for the many gifts you have given your people, our parishes and the Diocese of Beaumont. Grant us the spirit of true Christian Stewardship so we may carry out Your Mission. Open our minds to the Gospel Message. Open our hearts to conversion.Open our hands that we might freely share the gifts you have bestowed upon us. May sorrow, conflict and poverty be diminished in our Diocese because we have responded in Christ-like love and generosity. Gracious God, send us your Spirit to accompany us on our Journey to Stewardship. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Do whatever He tells you.”
– John 2:5
Thank You For Sharing In Our Need
We give thanks to our God at our every remembrance of our generous stewards, our pastors, parish leaders and all those who partner with us in grace to carry out the work of Jesus through diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas. We pray always with joy in our hearts at our every thought of them. Remembering how they have helped us to spread the Good News. We are confident the One who began this good work in them will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
WHAT DOES JESUS INSTRUCT US TO DO?
“Do whatever he tells you.” Those were Our Blessed Mother’s words to the wine stewards at the Marriage Feast at Cana as she told them to heed our Lord’s instructions. When the stewards did as Jesus said, they were able to see the water they had drawn had turned into good wine – our Lord’s first miracle. Mary’s words echo through the centuries telling us also to follow Jesus’ repeated Gospel instructions – to love and care for one another. And, when we act as stewards, we can see Jesus changing lives for the good and for the better.
TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER
You can do what Jesus asks and express your love for your brothers and sisters through support of diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas. Your prayer pledge and your financial gift will spread Jesus’ love and create a Church community where all are included and diversity is celebrated. Our Apostleship of the Sea provides for the spiritual needs of those who enter our ports from places as far away as the Philippines and India. Our Hispanic Ministry responds to the growing needs of the many recent immigrants who now make their homes in Southeast Texas. To celebrate this diversity, our African American Ministry sponsors a multi-cultural celebration near the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King.
TO CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER
You can care for the needs of the hungry, the young, and the lost by supporting our ministries with a gift to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal. Your gift funds our Hospitality Center where the hungry are fed each day. It helps our children learn about their faith through our Youth Ministry and our Evangelization and Catechesis Ministry. Your gift changes lives as our Criminal Justice Ministry provides pastoral care to the thousands incarcerated in Southeast Texas.
WILL YOU DO WHAT HE TELLS YOU?
Through your financial and spiritual gifts to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, you will follow Jesus’ instructions to love and care for His people. You will bring Christ to our sick and elderly as our chaplains visit and pray with them. You’ll help couples prepare for marriage through our To Marry for Life Retreats. Your gift will provide ways for college students to sustain and grow their faith through the programs of Campus Ministry. And you’ll provide formation and training for our men who aspire to the diaconate. All of this is just a small part of what you can do when you …
OPEN YOUR HEART AND DO AS HE SAYS.
Ministries that you are helping
2020 BFA Chairs
|Diocesan Chairs||Roberta and Forrest Overstreet|
|Priest Chair||Fr. Kevin Badeaux|
|New Participation Chairs||Stephanie and Cody Richings|
|Honorary Chairs||Joe and Theresa Herink|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Ames|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Ames|
|Our Lady of Light – Anahuac|
|St. Anthony – Beaumont||Renee Brown-Nembhard|
|St. Anne – Beaumont||Patcha and Louis Ramos|
|St. Anne – Beaumont||Pat and Craig Sherlock|
|Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont||Lisa and Steve Ford|
|Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont||Sandra and Tom Abbage|
|Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont||Sonya Donato|
|Our Lady of the the Assumption – Beaumont||Paul and Cyndi Montes|
|Our Lady of the Assumption – Beaumont||Lisa and David Rene|
|Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont||Yvonne Jenkins|
|Blessed Sacrament – Beaumont||Philip Johnson|
|Cristo Rey – Beaumont|
|Cristo Rey – Beaumont|
|St. Joseph – Beaumont||Linda Le|
|St. Pius X – Beaumont||Helen and Levoris Roy|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont||Al Vincent Bernard|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont||Jarod Powell|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont||Michael and Lisa Jackson|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont||Carla Stewart Bassett|
|Our Mother of Mercy – Beaumont||Danielle Nettles|
|St. Jude Thaddeus – Beaumont||Sandee and Robert Wagner|
|St. Henry – Bridge City||Crystal and Jeff Curl|
|St. Martin – Cheek||Doug and Helen Cormier|
|St. Martin – Cheek||Elroy and Sharon Lemelle|
|Our Lady of Sorrows – China||Liz Gallier|
|Our Lady of Sorrows – China||Carolyn Hardy|
|St. Mary – Cleveland||Theresa Avalos|
|St. Martin de Porres – Corrigan|
|St. Joseph the Worker – Dayton||Jennifer and Daniel Koppersmith|
|St. Anne – Eastgate||Jennifer and Daniel Koppersmith|
|St. Mary – Fannett||Tony and Paula Payton|
|Immaculate Conception/St. Peter – Groves||Bobby & Tammy Mouton|
|Immaculate Conception/St. Peter – Groves||Tasha Smith|
|Immaculate Conception/St. Peter – Groves||Pat Moreno|
|St. Michael – Jasper||Regina and Bill Lawrence|
|Our Lady of LaSalette – Kirbyville|
|Holy Spirit – Kountze||Clay Grant|
|Immaculate Conception – Liberty||Susie Vestal|
|Immaculate Conception – Liberty||Tania Robles|
|St. Joseph – Livingston|
|Infant Jesus – Lumberton|
|St. Maurice – Mauriceville||Stacy and Kevin Menard|
|Holy Trinity – Mont Belvieu||Matt & Hope Novosad|
|St. Charles – Nederland|
|St. Mary – Orange||Gilbert Mazzola|
|St. Mary – Orange||Robert Sims|
|St. Mary – Orange||Alexine Adams|
|St. Therese – Orange||Dorothy and Adam Jacobs|
|St. Francis – Orange|
|St. Helen – Orangefield||Angela Hebert|
|St. Helen – Orangefield||Lisa Taylor|
|St. Helen – Orangefield||Irene Austin|
|St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur||Linda Johnson|
|St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur||Dana McComber|
|St. Therese Little Flower – Port Arthur||Ricardo Serna|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe – Port Arthur|
|Sacred Heart/St. Mary – Port Arthur||Brenda Broussard|
|St. Catherine – Port Arthur||Dana and Robert Hamm|
|St. James – Port Arthur||Connie Deal|
|St. James – Port Arthur||Marla King|
|St. Joseph – Port Arthur||Cynthia and Torivio Gonzalez|
|Queen of Vietnam – Port Arthur||Carol Vui Pham|
|St. Elizabeth – Port Neches|
|St. Raymond – Rayburn||Regina and Bill Lawrence|
|Sacred Heart – Raywood|
|St. Mark – Silsbee|
|Our Lady of Victory – Sour Lake||Rick Johnston|
|Our Lady of Lourdes – Vidor||Deacon Steve Sellers|
|St. Louis – Winnie|
|Our Lady of the Pines – Woodville||Arthur and Carolyn Vogel|
The Appeal- Intercessions/Petitions
Throughout the course of the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please use at least one of the following petitions each weekend. Please make these available now to your liturgists and lectors.
Advance Gift Phase:
To do as Jesus tells us, may we consider the many gifts that God has given us and use them to serve one another – especially in challenging times – as we answer our baptismal call.
That all of us may demonstrate an understanding that we represent the Catholic Church to the Southeast Texas community as we do what Jesus tells us to do.
We pray …
That we may carry out Jesus’ Gospel instructions by sharing our gifts with the greater community through our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities.
We pray …
That we may act on Jesus’ instructions to carry the Gospel message to the poor, the lost, the vulnerable and the unchurched acting as one faith community, especially with those in need of life changing miracles.
We pray …
We ask that we may always be hospitable to one another, including the stranger among us, without complaining, and serve one another as good Stewards of our many gifts realizing that all those gifts come from Him.
We pray …
Throughout the Year:
That as we deepen our commitment to the Gospel message, we come to understand that Stewardship becomes a way of life when we do what He tells us.
We pray …
Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements
EDUCATION WEEKEND – February 8-9
Next weekend, we will be asked to make a commitment to support our diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through our prayers and our financial gifts. We do this each year through our Bishop’s Faith Appeal. This year’s theme is “Do Whatever He Tells You” taken from John 2:5. Mary instructs the wine stewards to act on Jesus’ instructions. She is also telling us to do the same. What are His instructions to us? To love and care for one another. Imagine a community where no one goes hungry, where all feel welcomed, where those who mourn are comforted and where those who are lost learn of the healing love of Jesus. This kind of community is established when we do as Jesus instructs us. Know that our diocesan ministries are already doing much to bring about such a community through their work. And, if you and I join them through our support they can do much more. Please take the time this week to learn about their work by reading the Appeal materials that are being provided to you today and by reading the latest edition of our East Texas Catholic. If our parish exceeds its goal, the overage is returned to the parish. Many parishes use their overage to accomplish special projects that they deem to be a goal of their own.
COMMITMENT WEEKEND – February 15-16
Today is the day that Bishop Guillory and our parish ask(ed) for your support for 2020 Bishop’s Faith Appeal. Our theme this year – “Do Whatever He Tells You” – is an instruction from our Blessed Mother to listen to Jesus and create a community of welcoming believers here in Southeast Texas . You can help create that type of community by supporting diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas through a prayer and financial commitment today. Those ministries do as Jesus tells us by helping to feed the hungry through our own Hospitality Center in Port Arthur. They support marriages through our Family Life Ministry’s many retreats. And they evangelize to the young through Diocesan Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry at Lamar. That’s just a small part of what they do to help a community in need and with our Lord’s help bring about life changing miracles. Remember, God asks that your gift only be proportional to what you have been given. Your BFA parish team and Father (Msgr.) have already made their pledges. Please make your prayer and financial commitment this week.
FOLLOW -UP WEEKEND – February 22-23
If you have not made your gift to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal, please prayerfully consider doing so. Our hospitality ministers are again passing out the Pew-Pledge Envelopes and the Spiritual Pledge/Intention Cards. They are also passing out our Pew Art Pledge Cards, so our little ones can draw a prayer pledge for our ministries. The Appeal continues to be necessary because many needs in our diocese cannot be effectively met by the individual Christian or by our local parish alone. Currently, our diocesan ministries are facing increased requests for their work. They need your help to respond to these requests. We thank everyone who has pledged to the 2020 Appeal. If you have not made a pledge, we ask you to pray to the Holy Spirit as you consider your blessings. Then we ask you to make a proportional and intentional gift of your treasure and your prayer time to the appeal based on your current circumstances this year. Think about this: if you have not suffered from hunger, you are better off than many U.S. citizens who live in deep poverty. Some of them are your neighbors here in Southeast Texas. We ask that you make a pledge to the appeal, as an expression of your gratitude for your many blessings.
2nd FOLLOW-UP WEEKEND – February 29-March 1
On behalf of Bishop Guillory and the more than 110,000 individuals who are served by our diocesan ministries, I thank all those who have pledged to this year’s Bishop’s Faith Appeal. If you have not made a financial and prayer pledge, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so. Pledge envelopes and Spiritual Pledge/Intention cards are available in the pews.
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