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 practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3000 years. The start of a New Year gives us the feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning, and new opportunities.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16)
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that, “as it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good” (Evangelii Gaudium, 9). Reaching out to others is an integral part of being a good steward of the gifts God has given to us. By reaching out to others in our families, parishes, communities and local Churches, we actually show in a tangible way how we return God’s gifts back to Him with our gratitude.
Rob Faughnan Diocese of Colorado Springs
St. Berard and Companions
Parish Websites from OSV
Cardinal Edmund Szoka1927-2014
Loving Father,You are the Lord of our history;our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.We join all of creation in giving you praise and thanks for the year behind usand for the days you give us in the year ahead.We ask you to bless the gift of this new year, and through your grace, help us be good stewards of the timeYou have so graciously entrusted to us.Forgive us for any misuse of days past, and show us how to useYour gift of daysin a more loving and generous way.Fill us with Your compassion,that we may do our part to bring about a more just and non-violent world, and to care for the most vulnerable among us.And open our hearts to the Good News, so that we too may share itwith more passion, inspiration and joy.We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.Amen.