" In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God's gifts!" - Pope Francis, March 19, 2013
Stewardship is realizing that all that we have and all that we are is God’s gift to us, and what we do with our gifts is our gift to God. We are not owners of what we have, rather we are caretakers of God's creation.
As part of a spiritual family united in faith, the Archbishop’s Appeal is an opportunity to participate in God's Kingdom by extending a helping hand to those in our community who need encouragement and support. Your contributions are necessary to building up the Church in San Antonio.
Tithing is giving the first fruits of your gifts in gratitude back to God and typically consists of 10% of a household's total annual income. However, do not be discouraged if you are not currently able to give at this level. After prayerful consideration, start at a giving percentage appropriate for you and your family. If you are giving 10%, consider giving more. God has promised to reward your generosity: “Give and it will be given to you.” - Luke 6:38
As a disciple of Christ, you are called to first support your parish in your giving. In fact this is the fifth Precept of the Church: “The faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.” A good guide to follow is to consider giving at least 5% of your total annual household income to your parish, 1% to the Archbishop’s Appeal (Guide for Monthly Giving to the Archbishop’s Appeal) and 4% to weekly Second Collections, or an equal percentage to other charities or worthy causes—for a 10% total giving.