Stewardship is based on a Biblical view of God as Creator and ourselves as servants. The Bible reminds us that as servants we are accountable to God for our use (stewardship) of the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that we have received. With such an attitude, your family’s and all our parish’s present needs will be met, and there will be a surplus for the future. It is a faith decision rooted in trust that what is left over after we have first given to God will be enough. Over time, few practices deepen faith more effectively than this decision to really put God first in our lives.
All parish members are encouraged to pray that we each might receive the grace of understanding to know how God is calling each of us to be stewards, the grace of wisdom to know what we have to give, and the grace of courage to trust that we will be blessed in our giving.
Time & Talent
Stewardship involves spending time with God. Recognizing that every day is a gift from Him, we strive to spend some of each day with God, through prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, scripture reading, quiet, meditation and other spiritual activities.
Stewardship also involves sharing our talents with our community. Understanding that God has given us each individual skills and talents so that together we can be His hands and feet, we share our unique talents and encourage others to use their talents to carry out the mission and ministry of the Church.
St. Cletus offers many varied ministries with whom you can share your time and talents. These groups are listed in the Parish Guidebook, along with contact information for the head of each ministry. You may also download, fill out, and return to the parish office, the Stewardship Response Form. This will allow ministries to contact you directly based on the information you have provided.
Sponsor a Student
St. Cletus parishioners now have the opportunity to help a family with their children’s school tuition or fees. More information and an application form may be found here.
Lastly, stewardship involves giving of our treasure. Our faith presents us with the belief that our God will not be outdone in generosity. Our scriptures promise an abundance to those who give out of gratitude. The Church encourages us to consider increasing the amount we are giving, with an eventual goal of 10% (5% to the parish and 5% to other charities). More information about stewardship of treasure is found in the Parish Guidebook.
To make sharing of our treasure easier, St. Cletus has enabled online giving, including setting up single or recurring payments, by clicking the box below.
Created in the fall of 2005, The St. Cletus endowment is a fund that remains invested in order to generate an ongoing revenue stream for the parish. The endowment principle is never spent or withdrawn, and only the income generated by the investment is available for use by the parish. The fund supports our mission and ministries. A guiding objective behind the endowment is to help ensure the future vitality of our parish school and education ministries.
Frequently asked questions about the Endowment can be found here.