Most of us are familiar with our annual Stewardship pledge process. Unfortunately, most families at OLG do not return their Time and Talent Pledge Card. To date, we’ve only received 175 pledge cards, out of a total of 1,791 registered and “active” families. That’s only 10%! So, if you haven’t already, please return your pledge card. This renewal is more than just updating our parish records.
We’re all accustomed to going to the doctor for an annual check-up to assess our physical health. The stewardship pledge renewal is similar, except it assesses our spiritual health. During a physical check-up, the doctor will usually ask questions about our diet, sleep, and exercise. He or she will also perform some routine tests, such as taking our temperature and blood pressure.
Let’s make comparisons between our physical check-up and our spiritual check-up. For example: Physically, we want a steady diet of nourishing food with well-balanced meals. What about spiritually? Do you have a well-balanced spiritual diet that includes Mass, Sacraments, personal prayer, and Christian service?
If you don’t come in for regular check-ups, take your medication regularly, or maintain a healthy regimen of good diet, exercise, and proper sleep, your doctor worries about you. If you come in only when you’re really sick, he will still see you, but will encourage you to take regular care of your body to maintain your health.
Similarly, your pastor (and staff) worries about you if you don’t do your spiritual check-ups. These include: renewing your Time, Talent, Treasure pledges, coming to Mass and sacraments, participating in ministries, and financially supporting OLG. If you only come in when you’re spiritually (or physically) sick, the pastor will still see you, but will encourage you to take better care of your spiritual health. If you attend to the three T’s, this will keep you in good spiritual health, and make OLG a better parish.
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development