Dear Saint Catherine Stewards,
The 2014 – 2015 Ecclesiastical Year’s Theme of our Parish is “The Orthodox Family – Building upon the Foundation – ‘From God, every family in Heaven and on Earth is named’”. We begin our 2015 Stewardship Campaign with that same theme, with a focus on the latter portion of this theme. Each of us and each of our families are uniquely and intimately known by God. We are a special part of His loving family. Our Stewardship Committee has chosen the beautiful Icon of “The Root of Jesse” to portray this theme. This Icon is our Lord Jesus Christ’s family tree, visually illustrating our familial connection to God the Father, through Mary the mother, with our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son, and His Prophets, which is complete through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our 2015 Campaign will unfold over six weeks beginning on November 9 and ending on December 14, with a Stewardship Sunday celebration, when our pledges will be blessed and our Stewardship Committee will host an
extended coffee hour. Enclosed in this year’s stewardship packet are:
A pledge card for 2015
A Stewardship of Time and Talents form
A small icon of the “Root of Jesse”
Please prayerfully consider your pledges of Time, Talent and Treasures for this upcoming year and do your best to take a step up in giving. Remember our call for proportionate giving with the tithe or 10% benchmark. Please do your very best to return your completed packet in the enclosed return envelope, before December 14, in time for Stewardship Sunday. On each of the six Sundays of the Campaign, the sermon will focus on how the Gospel of the day reflects the theme of stewardship in our daily lives.
An additional dimension of this year’s Campaign, emphasizing the Church Family, will be to arrange neighborhood gatherings in order to encourage geographical neighbors to get to know one another. Further details and the scheduling of these gatherings will be shared in the near future.
We are grateful to the Stewardship Committee and our staff for their faithful work in this year’s Campaign. We encourage each of you to continue your faithful commitment of Time, Talents, and Treasures, once again, for the Glory of our Lord and in support of His Parish of Saint Catherine.
With our Lord’s Blessings,
Father Louis J. Christopulos, Protopresbyter
Cynthia Novario, Stewardship Committee Chair
George Soulis, Parish Council President