At St. Edward’s we accept the challenge to follow Jesus and share our God-given gifts with each other in all we do – in our families, in our church, in our community, in our place of work, at school, with those we know and those we don’t know.We feel strongly that, as a parish, we are called to “practice what we preach” when it comes to stewardship.Therefore,
St. Edward’s has adopted Stewardship as our way of life.We demonstrate this in many ways.
The Stewardship Commission works within the parish to educate members and provide them with the opportunity to share their time, talent and treasure according to Christian principles.Stewardship and tithing – returning to the Lord a portion of the gifts bestowed upon us – are not new concepts.They are steeped in the teachings of both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.The committees that make up the Stewardship Commission assist the parish and its members to be good stewards of our God-given resources.We are encouraged to share our time, talent and treasure with the parish and the community at large.Time and again parishioners remind us that by sharing our gifts freely, we reap much more than we sow!
The Stewardship Committee brings together a diverse group of parishioners in the Christian principles of stewardship.They accept as their mission the important role of educating parishioners about stewardship and encouraging them in their conversion to stewardship as a way of life.Each year, on the Feast of Epiphany in early January, members of the Stewardship Committee ask parishioners to reflect upon their role as stewards of God’s gifts.Together, as an entire parish, we renew our stewardship intentions for the new year with respect to time, talent and treasure.We offer these promises as gifts to our Creator.
TIME and TALENT:Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to share their time and talents in support of programs here at St. Edward’s and in the community at large.We are blessed with unique gifts which become even richer when they are shared generously with those around us!
TREASURE:Like our possessions, money is a gift from God.As stewards, we are asked to care for and generously share our treasure to our own benefit and the good of others.Returning to God a portion of our treasure is giving for the sake of giving, without being asked, and without regard as to how our gifts will be used.This challenges us to engage in faith-based giving.
The Finance Committee serves as an advisory body to the Parish Pastoral Council, monitoring parish financial strength, accounting procedures, and internal controls.In addition to reviewing the parish’s monthly financial statements, the Finance Committee also participates in the preparation of the parish’s annual operating budget, the Annual Report, and financial reporting to the Archdiocese.
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
The Human Resources Committee is a group of parishioners who volunteer their experience in human resources management for the benefit of the parish.Members of the committee work closely with parish leadership to advise, review and help shape employment policies and practices that are fair, just and consistent with Christian values.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Part of our stewardship responsibility includes taking care of the parish’s physical plant.Parishioners with backgrounds in contracting, architecture, facility management and maintenance engineering volunteer their expertise and help us properly maintain the church building and grounds.This committee helps plan long-term capital improvements, assists in the request and review of proposals for major repairs, and participates in plans to renovate or expand St. Edward’s physical space.
A vital part of the Building and Grounds Committee, the Lock-up Crew is responsible for locking and securing the building at night after all the programs of the day have been completed.This committee is a minimal time commitment and is always welcoming new members.