"As each one of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10
The Four Pillars of Stewardship
Prayer –To recognize God as the source of all that we are and all that we have and, through prayer and worship, thank God for our many gifts.
Formation-To understand the meaning of Stewardship and learn how to be good stewards in all areas of our lives.
Hospitality-To welcome all we meet, we welcome Jesus himself.
Service -To share our gifts with the community and returning our gifts to God.
Stewardship is a way of life. It is essential that every family participate in supporting the principles of Catholic stewardship in their relationship to the school and parish as well as in their daily lives. Each family’s current parish stewardship pledge card indicating the level of support should be on file in the parish office.
We have found throughout the years that families meeting Stewardship expectations (parish stewardship and service/ fundraising commitments) have a richer and more satisfying relationship with the school and with other members of the school and parish community. We have also found that these experiences strengthen the family’s spiritual growth and sense of Catholic discipleship.
Stewardship and Qualifications for In-Parish Tuition Rate
For active members of the parish, the rate of tuition is less than the actual cost of educating a student. The roughly $2,000.00 difference for each parish child is made up each year by the parish subsidy. The whole parish shares in the awesome responsibility of educating and forming all our children in the faith. In order to receive and maintain the parish tuition rate families must meet the following criteria:
1. Catholic family members must regularly participate in Sunday Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
2. Catholic family members should be working towards celebrating all the appropriate sacraments.
3. Catholic families must have an up to date parish registrations on file in the parish office.
4. Catholic families must be participating in Parish Stewardship and contributing financially to the parish through the regular Sunday Envelope.
a. Stewardship is a commitment. Families must have a current pledge on file. Every November parishioners complete a commitment card indicated their planned financial support for the parish.
b. Stewardship is proportional to one’s income. Parishioners are asked to strive for the goal of donating 5% of their income to the parish. School families seeking the parish tuition rate should, at a minimum, be donating 2% of their income to the parish. This is the first column of giving on the Stewardship Pledge card.
This policy, based on a proportion of one’s income, asks for equal sacrifice though the amount will differ according to one’s means. The parish office will monitor that every parish school family submits an annual pledge card and are contributing on a regular basis (monthly, if not weekly), using the Sunday Envelope. We will trust parishioners to honestly pledge a minimum of 2% and strive towards moving to 5% of their income.