Praying: Establishing a Spiritual Environment in Your Parish

Joyful giving is at the center of a Christian response to stewardship.

There is first a responsibility to acknowledge God’s gifts, celebrate and enjoy all that we have. Second, we are accountable for how we manage and multiply these goods God gives. We receive God’s gifts with profound gratitude and give thanks through prayer and worship.

The Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer, is the ultimate prayer of thanksgiving. The Psalms are good examples of prayers praising and thanking God for His wonderful deeds and abundant gifts.

Encourage prayer as an act of stewardship at home, at parish meetings, before sporting events at school and other gatherings. Supply stewardship prayers to parish consultative bodies on a regular basis and remind parishioners to be more regularly conscious about giving thanks to God throughout the day.

From the International Catholic Stewardship Conference