STEWARDSHIP

To Be a Christian Steward

A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

Disciples as Stewards

Let us begin with being a disciple—a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications:

  • Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.

  • Christian disciples experience conversion—lifeshaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord. 

  • Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives

  • and the way in which we live.

Jesus' disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards.

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ONLINE GIVING

Making a Difference

The tithes and donations you make to St James Catholic Church make a difference to our church, our community, and the people of North Miami. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during the different masses and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations.

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your earnings” (Proverbs 3:9).

ONLINE GIVING  

Sign up for Online Giving and begin making your contributions.  It’s easy. You can also use your smart phone to make your donation by downloading our App stjamesnorthmiami.org on your App store. Each month, more and more people are joining online giving. This convenient system does not require you to contact your bank to sign up or to make changes.  You can use any of your checkings, savings, or credit card accounts and the funds will be automatically transferred to our parish bank account.  

Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours…
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world, your feet with which he walks to do good, yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
Every member of our parish is called upon to be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus We can all make a difference, and it starts at home. The Archdiocese of Miami, from Broward to Monroe, is our faith community, home to more than a million brothers and sisters in Christ. We witness the real hands and feet of Jesus in the work of the Archdiocese of Miami above and beyond the good work in our parishes. It is evident in our efforts to preserve the dignity of all human life, and in our commitment to the poor, homeless, needy, elderly and sick. It lives in the hearts and minds of the children in our schools and religious education programs, as well as those serving in our life-changing ministries and programs. It is also witnessed in you when you support the ABCD by making it all possible.
Let us unite to share the love of Christ and bring hope to people in need by making a gift to the ABCD today.
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