International Catholic Stewardship Council
The International Catholic Stewardship Council promotes and supports Catholic teaching on stewardship by providing education and resources for dioceses, parishes, and institutions of the Roman Catholic Church.
The board of directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) is pleased to announce the election of the Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling, V.F., as its board chair for the next three years.
Father Kemberling has been the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver, Colorado, since 2014. He is also a dean of the Southeast Denver Deanery of the Archdiocese of Denver, a board member of the Colorado Family Action and Divine Mercy Hospice, and president of the Colorado Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museum.
The practice of renewing baptismal promises at Easter is essential for those who take the stewardship of their faith seriously. It focuses the steward’s attention on answering Christ’s call to follow after him, proclaiming his Gospel in word and deed, putting the Eucharist into action, building up the communion of faith, and sharing Christ’s peace with a broken world.
Renewing our baptismal promises and the baptismal focus of holy water is most compelling at the Easter Vigil where the sprinkling is directly connected to the renewal of promises. The use of holy water compels us to reflect on our baptism, calls us back to our central identity as Catholic Christians, and strengthens us anew “as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:10).
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Gracious and Loving God,
When your Spirit descended upon the apostles at Pentecost, they spoke the languages of those who came to hear their testimony.
They proclaimed a new covenant in Christ Jesus, sanctified by his blood,bound by the Holy Spirit, and sealed in the waters of baptism.
We give you thanks and praise for releasing your Spirit upon us; and in our time pray that it will break through the many barriers that divide nations and people.
Let your Spirit open our eyes as a communion of faith to your ongoing presence among us, so we can recognize you when we serve one another.
Let your Spirit open our minds so that we may gain the wisdom to work together for reconciliation and peace, and unite our talents to build a better world.
And let your Spirit open our hearts so that together we can live more fully in Christ, shine his light of mercy and love and prepare for the day of his glorious return.
We pray this through your son, Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
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