Diocesan Stewardship Prayer
God our Father, You are the source of life and every blessing. All that we have comes from You. Help us to walk in your ways as faithful disciples of Jesus. As good stewards of your many blessings teach us to receive your gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to You, our Father.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who came that we might have life, and have it abundantly.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As Catholics, we are the family of God. Our goal is to serve Christ through service to all who are in need. Our Diocese is geographically large and wonderfully diverse, which calls for a rich diversity of ministries. As we serve today and prepare for the future, we must take steps now to secure the finances necessary to help us renew, strengthen, and sustain our many ministries. As we approach the diocesan Annual Catholic Community Campaign, “The Lord is Good to all; He has Compassion on all He has made,” we immediately call to mind that Jesus always responded with compassion to the needs of others. There was no self-concern found in Jesus. Christ-like compassion looks outward to others. Christ-like compassion serves the hungry, the needy, the forgotten, the young, the elderly, and families. Christ-like compassion also provides the resources needed for the ministries that are critical for the life of our parishes, schools, and programs. Christ-like compassion is also prophetic as it points beyond us to the author of all charity, Jesus Christ.
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Our diocesan Annual Catholic Community Campaign strives first and foremost to provide the services that enhance and sustain parish life. Your participation will go to clothe and feed the poor through assistance to our Catholic Charities. Your participation will assist men who are discerning the priesthood. Your participation will help the laity who study our faith to embrace the parish ministries that flow from our baptism. Your participation will help the Youth Office, Family Life Office, Tribunal, Hispanic Ministry, Evangelization, and provide for our retired priests. To be men and women of the Gospel each of us must look beyond our own family, our own parish, and our immediate community to the well-being of our entire diocesan family. The most common way we do this is through our personal support of our Annual Catholic Community Campaign. Only by joining together can we truly show compassionate service to all God’s children. Indeed, our participation is a concrete way that we live our faith and nourish our holy union with Christ and our neighbor.
I pray that you will show compassion to the people of our diocese by generously donating to our ministries and mission. I humbly ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to support the works of our diocesan Church. Regardless of how much you can donate, simply being a part of this call makes a tremendous difference.
Once again, I am deeply grateful for your decision to join hands with me in advancing the mission of Christ and his Church. Inspired by our ancestors who have left us a tremendous legacy of faith, I pray that each of us will do our part to meet the needs of the Church today and provide a solid foundation for future generations. May God bless you abundantly.
Very sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Salina
By Jane Rutter
Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving
Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri
You never know where life will take you, how one opportunity or one decision will change the course you are on and render obsolete the singular vision you have adopted as the path to fulfill your purpose. This is the way of Jesus.
When he says, “follow me”, he is offering us the chance of a lifetime. Drop your nets - whatever it is that scoops you up and catches you in its clutches – and begin this great adventure of awakening the Spirit of God in those you meet. Come walk the dusty roads, come knock on doors, come offer Light to all.
There is a stirring in our souls that yearns to be called, to be inspired, to throw out all the useless stuff we have gathered and time we have wasted and say “Yes” to Christ. “Yes, I will come and follow you. I am done possessing. I am finished with time. Come and fill my anxious, tired heart. Let me give as you have.”
Experience of God is about extremes because it is an experience of infinity. God’s love for us knows no bounds. Its highest expression, in physical terms, was the cross. It is interesting that the only way God could show us the height of his love and of his glory was through one of the lowest, cruelest forms of capital punishment ever devised.
Meditation on the cross has always been central to Christian prayer. One can never exhaust its meaning. The cross is extreme. It demonstrates a divine life laid down for people whom Jesus called friends, not slaves. It was laid down freely, willingly, out of love, by a compassionate God in order to free humans from the trap of sin that they had set for themselves. The crucifix is central to the liturgy. Every altar must have a crucifix. It can be placed on the altar, be the processional cross or be on the wall behind the altar. It serves as a reminder of what we are celebrating at the altar, the sacrificial death and resurrection that redeems us and calls us to everlasting life with God. Created in God’s image, we are called to the same extremes of love. The spontaneous compassion we feel for suffering people around us is but a sign of that divine spark that ignites our hearts and motivates us to act. That is part of our human nature. However, our Christian faith impels us beyond that spontaneous human response toward a more divine one.