Volume 2 - Issue 2  



March 1, 2011

Parish Transformation: A Tool for Financial Health and Parish Renewal
At the heart of the Church is its mission to bring about the salvation of souls and the conversion of sinners. This mission is lived out in the care for the poor and sick and other works of social justice. It is present in the work of evangelization and catechesis as the Church seeks to preach the truth of Jesus Christ both in and out of season. And finally, it culminates in the sacramental life of the Church wherein we are continually renewed at the table of the Lord and made holy by the power of the Holy Spirit. Parish Transformation is a process and a resource to help parishes renew their commitment to their mission through pastoral visioning, performance benchmarking and long-term resource planning.
Before outlining the process and steps of parish Transformation, it is important to stress that at the heart of this process is the individual parishioner who seeks to enter into more deeply a relationship with the Lord. Their work in this process must be viewed as a response to this relationship and not an end in itself. Such a view will
help to enkindle a spirit of humility which reminds them that the work they do in building up the kingdom of God in their parish is not theirs but God’s alone. As St. Paul, reminds us, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but only God who gives the growth.”
(1 Cor. 3:6-7) ... read the full article
Good Steward Newsletter – February 2011
Mission Advancement is a Critical Element for Success in Catholic Schools
  Development (or mission advancement) refers to a program of planned or systematic
growth. Whether we are talking about human development, spiritual development or resource development, we have in mind processes that signify movement, growth or advancement from a certain point in time and space to a new (and hopefully desired) future.

Mission advancement is not rocket science. It is a discipline that is based on proven principles and the nearly 100 years of practical experience of men and women who have worked hard to develop the resources that are needed to advance their organizations’ missions.

Here is a list of ten things that are considered to be essential features of a sound (successful) development program—whether secular non-profit, faith-based organization, school, diocese, parish, or other Catholic organization ...

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Giving - The Incarnation of One’s Self Donation to Christ: the Authentic Disposition of the Giver
Fundraising is one of the real challenges faced by pastors and parishioners alike especially during times of economic turmoil. There is always a reluctance to speak about (and equally on the part of parishioners to hear about)
fundraising. And yet, on one level we all know that parishes do not run themselves and it takes financial resources to carry out the various ministries and projects of the parish and of course pay the light bill.
At a deeper level, the attitude of giving should reflect the deeper work of the Holy Spirit in each of us; it is a work which builds on the very nature of who we are as human beings. In fact, our very being is made for giving. Pope Benedict writes, “The human being is made for Gift, which expresses and makes present his transcendental dimension...” (Caritas in Veritate, 34).
The act of giving illustrates how we transcend the limits of our human nature and focus on something or someone completely other and outside of ourselves. We transcend our own self-interest to truly give to another. Giving, then, as understood within the Church, is constitutive of self donation; it is, in the highest form, the incarnation of an individual’s self donation to Christ.
How, then do we apply this deeper philosophical understanding of giving within the context of fundraising and stewardship? First, we need to understand that when we ask for a donation to support a work of the Church we are asking that individual to engage in an eminently personal act. This is an act where the individual expresses themselves, and, to the degree that they do give without seeking reward, they exercise this transcendence. As such we must acknowledge that this ought to be a free act ...

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(podcast) A Good Steward Receives God’s Gifts Gratefully
  “A Good Steward Receives God’s Gifts Gratefully” is the second of our five-part Spanish-language podcast series introducing the concept of Christian Stewardship to the Latino community. The podcast again features a conversational interview with O’Meara Ferguson Executive Consultant Koren Ruiz, and begins by discussing an exercise called “Inventory of Gratitude” – creating a list of the many ways in which God has blessed each of us in various areas of our lives. Recognizing how God has been generous in our lives will help us to develop an attitude of gratitude, which is a
critical step in becoming a better steward of God’s gifts.
PSALM 8: O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!

“Un buen corresponsable recibe los dones de Dios con actitud de agradecimiento” es el título del segundo podcast en español (de una serie de cinco) para introducir el concepto de Corresponsabilidad Cristiana a la comunidad Latina. Este espacio informativo presenta de nueva cuenta una entrevista interactiva con el Asesor Financiero de O’Meara Ferguson Koren Ruiz, el cual comienza invitando a los audio escuchas a realizar un ejercicio llamado “Inventario de Gratitud” – crear una lista de las muchas maneras en que Dios nos ha bendecido en diferentes áreas de nuestras vidas. Reconocer como Dios ha sido generoso con nosotros nos ayudará a desarrollar una actitud de agradecimiento. De esa manera logaremos tomar un paso fundamental para llegar a ser mejores corresponsables de los dones de Dios.
Salmo 8: Oh Señor, soberano nuestro, ¡qué imponente es tu nombre en toda la tierra!

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