The Blessed Virgin Mary teaches us the meaning of discipleship and stewardship in their most profound sense by her own life witness. All of Stewardship’s essential attributes can be found in her life: she was called and gifted by God; she responded generously, creatively, and prudently; and she understood her divinely assigned role as handmaid in terms of service and fidelity.
The core of our Catholic identity at Blessed Trinity Church and School is Stewardship. As a stewardship community, we show our faith, love and appreciation for God, and the many blessings he has bestowed upon us, by giving back to others. We give to God not only our treasure, but our time and talent as well. By living a stewardship way of life, we are each examples of the presence of God in our daily lives.
Stewardship has been a way of life in our parish for 25 years. Students at Blessed Trinity School, as well as members of the Church, are encouraged to put God first in their lives by sharing their time, talent, and treasure to serve God on a daily basis. All members of the parish community are encouraged to give of their time to God through many means. Our students use their time and talent by getting involved in the Mass through becoming altar servers, sacristans, readers, choir members, ushers and cantors.
We recognize our talents as gifts from God and actively look for ways to use them to serve God. Students have many opportunities to display their talents and put them to good use for the community. During Grandparent’s Day, art shows, music classes, our newly formed band, and the yearly school play, students use their talents to entertain and enliven the community. Our students also demonstrate their athletic skills, dedication, diligence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship through extra-curricular activities such as volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, and flag football.
Through Peacemaking Peers, a group that promotes conflict resolution and peaceful relationships in our school, students can further demonstrate their talents, while student leaders in our school are active in Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society.
Lastly, students, staff, and members of the parish are brought together as a community when we share our treasure with those in need. Our fundraisers include school dances, collections in the classroom, candy grams, the fall carnival, and the walk-a-thon. In recent years, monies raised through these means have benefited the homeless and impoverished, victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis, and mission parish in Uganda. Students are also asked to make an offering during weekly school Masses. Student weekly envelope offerings include prayers, money or simply a pledge to be more helpful around the house. Through all of these methods and many more, students come to see that stewardship is more than just a donation on Sunday, it is a way of life.
As pilgrim stewards, we are asked to live in a way that is different than the mainstream. We make an impact by our example. We are not called to make a difference at once. We are called to change the world one kind act, one bold challenge, one prayer, one heart, one mind, and one soul at a time.
Looking forward, we all share the same mission of bearing witness to the love of Jesus Christ with our time, talent, and treasure. It is our goal that you will find ministries at Blessed Trinity Church to inspire you along your personal stewardship journey.
The religion curriculum is supplemented with the series, Planting the Seeds of Stewardship. The stewardship lessons are taught during November with the final project being the commitment brochures, to be turned in at the Student Stewardship Mass. Listed within this brochure are ways that students can commit to using their time, talent and treasure for their home, school and community. This occurs on the Friday before Commitment Sunday for the parish.