Event focuses on stewardships' joys - Catholic Courier

Event focuses on stewardships’ joys

“The Joy of Stewardship” is the theme of the Diocese of Rochester’s Stewardship Day 2007, which will be held May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 115 Maple Ave. in Victor.

This third-annual event is designed to help parishes begin, enhance or advance their stewardship efforts, said Mark Clark, associate diocesan director of the office of Stewardship, Development and Communications. Stewardship Day is open to anyone interested, but Clark said pastors, pastoral administrators, and members of parish pastoral and finance councils and stewardship committees might find it especially interesting and helpful.

During the event, parishioners and parish staff will be able to learn from and inspire each other while networking and sharing successful stewardship techniques, strategies and ideas, he said.

Bishop Matthew H. Clark will open the day with his own reflections on stewardship before turning over the microphone to the keynote speaker, Father Bill Hanson. Father Hanson, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Center and a member of the board of directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council, will talk about stewardship and the parable of the sower.

“He’s an excellent speaker on stewardship, and he’s a well-renowned speaker on the circuit,” Clark said of Father Hanson.

Father Hanson also will lead two workshops later in the day. During his first workshop he will offer harvesting techniques to help parishes meet and exceed their Catholic Ministries Appeal goals, and he’ll share stories of parishes that have successfully integrated the appeal into their stewardship efforts. Later in the day he’ll talk about the Gallup Organization’s Faith Practice tools, Clark said

“The tools are a way to help people identify their talents, and in doing so, it’s a way to grow people’s involvement with the parish and fulfillment,” Clark said.

Both parishioners and the entire parish benefit when parishioners are fully engaged in giving their time, talent and treasure to the church, Clark added.

Diocesan officials also will launch a new parish-stewardship education program during one of the workshops, he said. Participants will view a video about stewardship practices and their use within the diocese. They’ll also get an overview of the resources available to them through this program, including a parish-stewardship manual, Clark said.

The cost of the event is $12 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch. Registration forms may be downloaded from the Stewardship, Development and Communication Office’s Web site. Participants also can register online by going to www.stbernards.edu and clicking on the “Upcoming Events” link. The registration deadline is April 20.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information contact the diocesan Stewardship, Development and Communications Office at 585/328-3228, ext. 1297, or visit the office’s Web page at www.dor.org/sd.

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