Spiritual Gifts Discernment
The Spiritual Gifts Inventory will help you determine what spiritual gifts you have been blessed with and challenge you to discover how to use these gifts to build up God’s kingdom!
What are Spiritual Gifts?
How do we know what Spiritual Gifts we have been given?
How do I take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory?
What happens next?
Once identified the excitement begins!
Stewardship as a Way of Life: Our Parish Vision
“From our worship to our world in the spirit of St. Francis, Immaculate Conception will be a grateful and giving parish making a difference in the lives of others by living the love of God.”
How can we live this Vision?
We start by listening to the Holy Spirit speaking to us about gratitude, generosity, and the invitation into a journey of Christian stewardship.
Pope Francis’s words speak of such stewardship…..
“In this period of crisis today, it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual , and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us; but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others. Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.” --Pope Francis, to an audience on April 24, 2013
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is not simply making donations or taking care of what has been entrusted to us. It is a spirituality- a way of life. It involves...
Jesus Is the Steward
It begins with remembering our Baptism, when we became disciples of Jesus Christ. From this call flows the commitment to Christ that makes stewardship possible—and deeply rewarding. However, this is a commitment to a lifetime of action, and it requires sacrifice. Jesus provides for us a wonderful role model of sacrifice for the greater good, a model of self-giving and loving service.
Hearing and Answering the Call
Everyone has a calling, which is another way of saying that your walk with God is personal and unique. In our faith, response happens in a wonderfully rich vibrant community of diverse and gifted individuals. We are all encouraged to consider responding generously to God's call in our lives.
For your own discernment, it helps to spend time in prayer and reflection to recognize your gifts from God. Then discover how best to use those gifts for the benefit of others—and of course, invite others to discern and share their gifts, too. What are your gifts? Our Spiritual Gifts Inventory (Click here) can help you to discover your spiritual gifts.
The Challenges and Rewards of Stewardship
It is an incredible challenge to live in imitation of the life of Christ. We all face obstacles, opportunities, and challenges, living in a fast-paced environment with many responsibilities. Our spiritual hunger does not always get a chance to be nourished through prayer and action.
However, a clear sense of purpose—nourished by the Eucharist and our rich Catholic tradition—opens the door for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude and generosity; to thank God for his endless gifts, and then to decide what we can do to help the world. The rewards include
Please click here for a Stewardship Renewal Brochure and here for a complete list of ICC Ministries and Contacts.
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