STEWARDSHIP
Grateful Stewards

Gratitude is at the heart of stewardship.  At Holy Ghost, as we continue living the stewardship way of life, we look to grow in our practice of thanking God for His blessings and then sharing them with others. 

Every household is asked to make commitments – to pray regularly, to get more involved in the parish, and to give to the offertory. But before we offer these gifts to God, we must cultivate a profound “attitude of gratitude”. All we have comes from God!  Let us thank Him, then put our gifts in service to the Church and one another. 

Stewardship of Time

Stewardship of Times primarily focuses on how we spend time in personal prayer and family prayer. Thinks about what you love most.  If God and family are near the top of the list, resolve to make prayer – the lifeblood of Christian life- a part of your own daily life and the life of your family.

Stewardship of Talent

We all have different schedules, abilities, and interests, but we all share a common obligation to be active members of the Body of Christ.  A good steward is one who takes this obligation seriously and finds ways to put his or her talent to work. In the Ministries Tab on this website there are many areas to choose from.  All you need is the conviction that you do have a role to play in the Parish and a willingness to seek it out.

Stewardship of Treasure

At Holy Ghost, we are encouraging each other to be better stewards of our money, setting aside a generous offering to the Parish each week.  Money plays a very large role in our lives, and precisely because of this, it needs to be aligned with our most deeply held beliefs. “Where your treasure is, there also lies your Heart.” The tithe (10%) is a scriptural benchmark which the Church has honored for centuries.  We give a percentage of income because it is a common – sense standard by which everyone can equitably support the Parish, each according to their ability.  As a Parish, Holy Ghost breaks down the tithe as follows:

                5% to the Parish
                1% to the Diocese
                4% to other charities

If the goals above seem difficult to attain, consider increasing your gift incrementally until you reach your goal.  It may take some time, but eventually you can reach an amount that adequately reflect God’s generosity to you.  The most important thing is to choose a regular amount to give each week or month, and be faithful to it. 

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Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal

2020 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Is Underway

“Be Kind and Merciful”

Pledge Your Gift to the CMAA

The 2020 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA) has begun with a mailing that our parishioners have received. The Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the diocese, it funds services that are of great help right here in our parish. For example, the funds support the Faith Formation Program here at Holy Ghost, as well as the Seminarian program to educate our future priests. We are lucky to have Aaron, our Seminarian, interning and helping here at Holy Ghost. 

Please prayerfully reflect on how you can best support our annual appeal and help our parish reach its goal of $57,500. This year’s CMAA theme is Be Kind and Merciful. In this spirit, the 30 ministries our CMAA supports, help us do God’s work here on earth. Providing for these ministries is not only beyond the means of any one parish, the ministries benefit all of us, including our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. Every gift is important to the success of the CMAA.

Each pledge helps us to reach our goal. With your financial support, we can exceed this goal. Seventy percent of the amount we raise over our goal will be returned to our parish, for our needs.            

Please make a commitment to the CMAA today by completing a pledge envelope available in the narthex, or call the Parish Office at 630-860-2975. You can make a gift online at www.jolietdioceseappeal.org or text “Donate” to 815-205-1949 from your mobile phone. Pledges can be paid in ten (10) installments.  Our parish is counting on you for your support. Thank you for making the most generous pledge possible to this year’s CMAA.

                                                                                                                                         

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