" 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 in Giving All that we have and all that we are, is God’s gift to us, what we do with our gifts is our gift to God. We are not owners of what we have, we are only stewards of what we have.
In gratitude we understand we are all part of the same spiritual family. The Archbishop’s Appeal is an opportunity to participate in 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.
What do I own and what owns me? Reflections on the Stewardship Message of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy by Daniel Conway
My first private conversation with Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy took place in 1990 in Seattle. I was beginning a research project (the findings of which were eventually published as The Reluctant Steward) whose purpose was to examine the attitudes of pastors and seminary leaders on faith and money. As a former rector of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s major seminary (St. Mary-of-the-Lake, Mundelein, Ill.) and the newly appointed chairman of the United States Catholic bishops’ ad hoc committee on stewardship, Archbishop Murphy was at the top of my list of persons to interview. Read More.
Tithing is giving the first fruits of your gifts in gratitude back to God and typically consists of 10% of your total annual household income. However, as you grow your understanding of Stewardship, do not be discouraged if you are not currently giving at this level. After prayerful consideration, start at a percent 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.