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.
On the day after Easter, long-time member of the ICSC family, Stan Roth, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord. He was 75 years old.
Many ICSC members will remember Stan from his years of service as the director of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stan also provided assistance to ICSC and its conferences, helping staff and providing resources for conferees.
Stan embraced a life of service. Five years ago he was awarded a Congressional Medal of Merit for Seniors which recognizes exemplary citizenship, leadership in senior citizen advocacy, and extraordinary service to the community. Stan was also a Master Gardener and for many years shared his love of gardening, landscaping and general horticulture with others.
Many of us in the ICSC family knew that Stan possessed a compassionate heart, keen sense of humor and a large measure of kindness. He was a man of deep faith who exercised Christian stewardship in a humble and unassuming manner.
Stan’s life was celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at a Mass of Christian burial at Holy Redeemer Parish in Jenison, Michigan. For more information about Stan, please click HERE.
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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Dear Lord, risen Lord, merciful Lord!
The Easter season is filled with your presence, and we come to you in gratitude for the deep and abiding joy you offer us through the promise of your resurrection.
Help us hear your call as did Mary Magdalene. Teach us as you did the disciples at Emmaus. Dispel our doubts as you did for Thomas. And reveal yourself to us as you did to your friends from the shore of Lake Tiberius.
Make us good stewards of this Easter season. Open our hearts and minds in a special way to the great mystery of your active presence in our lives, and give us the courage to help others discover your presence in their lives.
For you are the light of the world. To you, Christ Jesus, be praise and glory!
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