The Parish Stewardship Council would like to share with you information about an exciting new journey in our common call to stewardship at Saint Elizabeth- Living Beyond Sunday: Growing, Praying and Serving (GPS). We pray that this multi-phased journey will help you to grow, deepen and strengthen your stewardship identity. We invite you to open your hearts to the journey and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you along the way.

From the founding of Saint Elizabeth Parish in July of 2000, our pastor has promoted the development of a deep sense of Catholic Stewardship among our parishioners. That’s why we recite the Stewardship Prayer every time we celebrate Mass together. And stewardship is at the heart of the Parish Mission Statement and the Core Parish Values articulated in the 2017-2021 Pastoral Plan. The fourth pastoral goal reads as follows:

Goal Four: Continue to Grow Our Stewardship Identity
Increase participation and strengthen our commitment to live a stewardship way of life by sharing God's gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

To accomplish this, it is important that we understand the true nature of stewardship. Many people think of stewardship solely in terms of helping out at a parish event or giving money to a worthy charity. But, in fact, stewardship is much, much more … in short, it is a complete way of life! Stewardship is an expression of our discipleship, our commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Here at Saint Elizabeth, we recognize that the call to stewardship takes us beyond Sunday morning worship in church. Stewardship is being practiced within our homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods every day, not just on Sundays. Stewardship shapes all our daily activities, both within and beyond the parish community.
In Living Beyond Sunday: Growing, Praying and Serving (GPS), the Parish Stewardship Council is introducing a renewed call to all our parishioners to live a stewardship way of life. Please take a moment to review the enclosed Stewardship Booklet, which provides additional information about this initiative. Look for the GPS program logo displayed here and there around the parish campus.

Because the Holy Spirit often acts as our Spiritual GPS, we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us through each phase of our stewardship journey together. It is exciting to think about the many ways the Holy Spirit can transform our hearts and our lives, so that through our renewed commitment to a stewardship way of life, each of us may become more grateful, responsible and charitable stewards of our abundant gifts. Our hope and prayer is that Living Beyond Sunday becomes a conscious way of life for all our parish families, for our local communities and for our world!

Sincerely yours,

Fr. Tom Mullin and the Saint Elizabeth Parish Stewardship Council


A Call to Stewardship 

Living Beyond Sunday: Growing, Praying and Serving (GPS)

Saint Elizabeth Church, Upper Uwchlan Township, PA

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."
(Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Spring 2019

Welcome to Saint Elizabeth Church …. A parish community committed to welcoming everyone and engaging all in a stewardship way of life!

The idea of stewardship is not new, but many still ask: "What is Stewardship?" and more specifically, "What is Catholic Stewardship?"

The Bible makes a number of references to stewardship. Jesus Himself describes a disciple's life in terms of stewardship and he reminds us: Much will be required of the person entrusted with much; and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more (see Luke 12:42-48 and Matthew 25:14-30). In his first letter to Saint Timothy, Paul writes: Tell them to do good, to be rich in works, to be generous and ready to share (1Timothy 6:18). Unfortunately, stewardship is often misunderstood as just another term for soliciting more money in the collection basket or collecting pledges for a church fund-raising campaign.

Catholic Stewardship, in its fullest sense, is a way of living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When we recognize that God is the origin of all life, the giver of everything that we have and all that we are, the source of our freedom and our talents – we respond by thanking God in personal prayer and by our active participation at Mass; we respond by serving God through our care for each other; and we respond by sharing our financial resources with those in need.

From the founding of Saint Elizabeth Parish in July of 2000, our pastor has promoted the development of a deep sense of Catholic Stewardship among our parishioners. That's why we recite the Stewardship Prayer every time we celebrate Mass together. Stewardship is at the heart of the Parish Mission Statement and the Core Parish Values articulated in the 2017-2021 Pastoral Plan. The fourth pastoral goal reads as follows:

Goal Four: Continue to Grow Our Stewardship Identity
Increase participation and strengthen our commitment to live a stewardship
way of life by sharing God's gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

The practice of stewardship has a tremendous power to transform our hearts, our lives and our world! In a 1992 pastoral letter entitled: Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) calls us to do four things as active Catholic Stewards:


• Receive God's gifts gratefully
• Nurture God's gifts responsibly
• Share God's gifts justly and charitably
• Return those gifts to God abundantly

In the Bishops' pastoral letter, stewardship is described as the way to use our time, talent and treasure for the glory of God. Here at Saint Elizabeth we recognize that the call to stewardship takes us beyond Sunday morning worship in church and challenges us to share our giftedness throughout the week. Stewardship shapes all our daily activities, both within and beyond our parish community.

In Living Beyond Sunday: Growing, Praying and Serving (GPS), our Parish Stewardship Council is introducing a renewed call to all our parishioners to live a stewardship way of life. The goal of this initiative is to re-engage our parish community at large and to create a greater awareness of the countless opportunities for a stewardship way of life throughout the week.

Living Beyond Sunday: GPS consists of five phases. Here is a working timetable for the phases of our shared journey in stewardship:
Phase 1: Introduction to Living Beyond Sunday: Growing, Praying and Serving
Phase 2: Growing (September through December 2019)
Phase 3: Praying (January 2020 through June 2020)
Phase 4: Serving (September 2020 through December 2020)
Phase 5: Assessment: How Have You Grown as a Stewardship Disciple?

Each phase is designed to encourage and assist all of us in growing and strengthening our personal awareness and practice of stewardship in action. Each phase will have a specific focus and will include practical information, resources and activities designed to nurture our lives as Catholic stewards. This information will be communicated in the weekly parish bulletin, on the parish website and through parish social media tools. Look for the new GPS logo displayed here and there around the parish campus, too!

Because we believe that the Holy Spirit often acts as our Spiritual GPS, we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us through each phase of our stewardship journey and to inspire all of us to become more grateful, responsible and charitable stewards of our abundant gifts.

So this is the time to ask yourself: How is Catholic Stewardship a part of your daily life even now? Are you a weekend greeter at Mass? Have you made a meal for Saint John's Hospice or a neighbor in need? Do you give someone a ride to church or a doctor's appointment? Do you participate in the Stewardship Day of Service? Do you coach a sport? Do you give blood? Do you collect donations or run/walk for a worthy cause? Do you participate in a work-sponsored charity event? These are all simple, but practical examples of stewardship in action. Many of us are already Living Beyond Sunday!

If you would like to get more involved in one of the many parish ministries active at Saint Elizabeth, visit the parish website (www.saintelizabethparish.org) and look for the link to "Finding My Path in Stewardship." Here you will find many opportunities for you to grow, increase and strengthen your stewardship identity.

As you reflect upon how God is calling you to live a life of renewed stewardship, imagine that Jesus himself is sitting across the table helping you decide what to do. What would your conversation with Jesus be like? What is Jesus asking you to do as one of his modern-day disciples? How can you answer the call and be a living example of Living Beyond Sunday?