Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy
“I pray that we may see the different forms our stewardship of time, treasure and talent as moments in which we are expressing gratitude for, and sharing with others, the generous gift of God’s merciful love!” Father Tom Ferguson, Q2 FY2016 Quarterly Stewardship Report
4. Stewardship Renewal
a. Parish conducts an annual stewardship/commitment renewal. The annual stewardship planning calendar details the multi-month renewal process starting in July with the publication of the fiscal year budget and ending with a letter of gratitude for the parishioner’s pledge. Customized information letters are mailed in early October, targeting different giving situations. Commitment Weekend is held mid-October, where the Pastor addresses parishioners at all Masses. The next weekend is a follow-up process, and thank you letters are sent in early December.
b. Samples of parish-created materials (Time, Talent and Treasure pledge cards, brochures, etc.) All our communications are in two languages:
c. Review process for distributing and receiving pledge cards (during Mass, in the mail, outside church at tables, etc.) Prior to Mass, pledge envelopes are placed in each pew. After the Pastor explains the renewal process volunteers collect the envelopes. (Pastor's script) Pledge envelopes are inserted in the bulletin for follow-up weekend and are available at the information counter and office. In our most recent campaign, we received 935 pledges, representing approximately 33% of families, totaling over $1,300,000. Fifty percent of families who pledged made a commitment to increase their level of giving and we saw a 100% increase in the use of envelopes by our Spanish-speaking families.
d. Use of Lay witness testimony. Lay witness is part of the everyday experience of our parish life. Parishioners in all ministries embody the virtue of stewardship through their service to the community. For example, entire families assist in liturgical, faith formation and social justice ministries; they also participate together in the Offertory Renewal process and on a weekly basis as ushers and greeters at Sunday Mass. Their participation is a testimony of gratitude for their God-given gifts.
e. Review follow-up strategy including acknowledgments, bulletin or website updates, mid-year communication. Thank you letters are mailed to parishioners who made a commitment one month after the pledge weekend. A note of gratitude is in the bulletin the following weeks. The Second Quarter Stewardship Report includes an update on the offertory renewal program. (FY16 Quarter 2 Report) A summer update providing information on upcoming activities, save the date emails, and frequent website, Facebook and Twitter posts provide year-round opportunities for updates.
f. Annual ministry fair or other ministry awareness activities conducted and Ministry Guidebook is produced and updated annually. Ministry spotlights are conducted during after Mass fellowship. (sample video, sample flyer) These spotlights are in conjunction with related events/activities. For example, a spotlight on Youth Ministry occurs when Middle School and High School WorkCamps are advertised, and the Faith Formation spotlight occurs during the catechist recruitment phase. The online guide to Volunteer Opportunities is updated continually on the parish website.
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8. General assessment
9. Supporting Materials