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STEWARDSHIP

 

THE FOUR PILLARS OF STEWARDSHIP

 

 

HOSPITALITY: We strive to extend a warm, hospitable and loving welcome to all who join us in worship, service, study, social or in times of personal need. We assist our parish community in presenting a visible sign of Christ’s loving kindness in all we do.

 PRAYER: We grow as disciples who are committed to prayer—individual and communal prayer, public and private prayer. Through prayer we are invited to draw closer to Jesus and to imitate Him in our daily lives. While Eucharist is central to our spiritual life, other prayer opportunities are made available.

 FORMATION: We strive to educate, form and sustain the stewardship way of life for all ages through faith formation opportunities in the parish and school. We strive to be disciple stewards and give good example as we participate in parish life in ministries and on parish leadership teams. We are open to the continuous conversion to a life of stewardship – to sharing what one has with a loving, generous and grateful heart.

 SERVICE: We strive to be servant ministers to the need of our parish members, the wider community and Church. We strive to serve compassionately those who are hurting or in need, lost or alone, or suffering in any way. We give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received and we celebrate the special events in the lives of parishioners.

PARISH COUNCIL REFLECTIONS - HOSPITALITY

 Greeters at each mass to SMILE and Welcome people 

Say hello to a new person at mass

Special welcome for new parishioners (including a welcome pack) 

Have ‘welcome or hello’ in different languages on the first powerpoint slide

Events after mass with a speaker, perhaps a refugee, shared lunch

Morning tea put on after mass by different cultural groups

Special dinner for elderly where they can dress up, dine and dance

Games afternoon-board games, cards, puzzles for young and old

Family groups –some are active, new ones need a leader

 

Feedback (THREE DOCS BELOW!) from our Parish Stewardship Day of Oct 29 at Cardinal McKeefry School.  And a letter from Cardinal John Dew.

6 December, 2016

Dear Participant

Thank you for your warm welcome of me and of my team to the Stewardship day on October 27, 2016.  Your attendance and participation was much appreciated.  As explained on that day it is my fervent wish that our archdiocese becomes a Stewardship archdiocese where each of us can grow in our response to the call of Jesus to be his disciples.

I was delighted with the day and the enthusiastic conversations which resulted from our considering what it means to

Stand on life-giving ground

Journey together with respect

Shape a more human society

Enclosed, as promised, please find the notes from your conversations of the day, those arising from the individual topics addressed in the World Café and also those from your discussion of how to provide leadership in putting the many good ideas expressed into action.

I trust and hope that these will be helpful to you in your ministry of service as leaders in your various groups, or as parishioners involved in growing and nurturing the parish.  Again I thank you wholeheartedly for all that you are doing and will do as intentional disciples.

With my prayerful best wishes,

Cardinal John Dew

 

 

OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
JOURNEY WITH RESPECT notes.docx (18.27KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
JOURNEY WITH RESPECT notes.docx
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OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
STAND ON LIFE.docx (18.67KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
STAND ON LIFE.docx
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OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
SHAPE A MORE HUMAN SOCIETY.docx (17.91KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
SHAPE A MORE HUMAN SOCIETY.docx
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Reflection on Stewardship day.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7

Last Saturday many of us gathered at Cardinal McKeefry School to take part in Stewardship day. This was an opportunity to think about our aims for Otari Parish around three key themes – Journey with respect, Stand on Life-giving ground and Shape a more human society. Using the world café method, over one hundred parishioners were able to discuss each of these themes and have their ideas recorded by the table facilitator through the following questions:

Journey with respect:  How do we recognise the gits God has given each of us?  What would we need to be in place for me to share more of my gifts?  What do I need to let go of, to allow the gifts of others to flourish?

Stand on life-giving ground:  What does a life giving disciple look like?  What might a disciple do for our community?  How can we enable this to happen more frequently?

Shape a more human society: How can I, we create communities of solidarity and belonging?  Who are the poor and marginalised in our local area?  How can we as a parish community become more aware of our relationships with the whole of creation?

In the evening the leaders of various groups within the parish, including our two parish schools St Teresa's and Cardinal McKeefry, were able to spend time with this feedback to begin forming some goals for Otari Parish. It was an honour to be involved in such important work for the parish and I’d like to thank Lorraine McArthur, Mary-Ann Greaney and Cardinal John Dew for facilitating this day for us. If you were unable to attend I encourage you to talk with those who did so we can continue the wonderful dialogue started through this special event.

Tania Savage (Principal, Cardinal McKeefry)