Celebrate Stewardship Picnic
June 7, 2015
More than 300 Saint Michael parishioners enjoyed an evening of fun, food, faith and fellowship on Sunday, June 7 on the parish grounds. The activities began about 5:30PM near the
maintenance building. On behalf of St. Michael’s Stewardship Committee Father Borowiak welcomed everyone and briefly described the stewardship efforts of St. Michael parishioners in the previous year.
Following that, Father described the location of the proposed new church. The boundaries of the church had been outlined on the parking lot and grass by caution tape and yellow paint on the concrete. (The paint will remain for a number of weeks for parishioners who might want to see the location of the main elements of the proposed new church).
In addition, large printouts of the exterior elevations of the entire parish plant as well as an updated site plan were available for viewing. Nick Cusick, the chair of St. Michael Stewardship Committee presented Janine Pixley with a commemorative vase for her work with St. Michael’s capital campaign.
Parishioners then enjoyed a meal of brats, hot dogs, pulled pork, baked beans, chips and drinks. Dozens of children played kickball on the baseball field, soccer on the soccer field and on the parish’s playground.
Adult parishioners—new and old—took the opportunity to visit, share ideas and ask questions about the new church. Many families walked from adjacent neighborhoods and stayed for hours enjoying the evening.
Stewardship is a 100 plus year old tradition in St. Michael parish and those parishioners who founded and nurtured our parish through multiple building projects, years of ice cream socials, excellent financial support for Catholic education and other investments of Time, Talent and Treasure have built a solid foundation for what St. Michael Parish is now and will be in coming years.
It is the purpose of the St. Michael Stewardship Committee, founded in 2006, to celebrate past and present Stewardship and to encourage and facilitate future commitment of Time, Talent and Treasure in areas as diverse as spiritual growth, education, social interaction, facility management, fellowship and any activity that builds parish unity.
On a regular basis, the committee leads an effort to collect information to update and communicate the various areas that all parishioners have available to get involved in parish life.
Stewardship is summed up well in the prayer that we recite before every Mass when it says:
My parish is composed of
people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many
causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into its worship,
if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty and love,
of fearlessness and faith,
of compassion, charity, and mercy,
if I, who make it what it is,
am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I now dedicate myself
to the task of being all the things
that I want my parish to be. Amen.