Stewardship is rooted in gratitude.
Gospel Giving is always Grateful Giving. There is no stewardship that is not rooted in gratitude. Traditionally stewardship has been thought of as giving of Time, Talent, and Treasure. We want to propose a new way of thinking about stewardship as: the action of Giving, the action of Praying, and the action of Serving. Together, these make up the acronym “GPS.” An electronic GPS helps navigate a journey toward a destination. In the same sense, the Stewardship GPS guides the Christian along the journey to God.
More About Giving
Throughout sacred scripture God tells us that everything belongs to God. He made the world and all that is in it. He made and blessed us with absolutely every gift we have. Our lives, families, health, education, our unique talents and skills, our job and our income are all blessings from God, entrusted into our care for the good of all people. We are called to return just a small portion of our gifts back to the Lord for the sake of our parish community; not simply for the programs we participate in, but for the greater need of the Church and our community. No gift is too small. Let us never forget that boy in the Gospel: all he had was two fish and five loaves but what good were those when the need was so great (cf. Jn 6:9)? And of course, we know what Jesus did with that small gift, he fed thousands.
More About Praying
When we pray we communicate with God. Jesus teaches us that it is necessary to pray always without becoming weary (cf. Lk 18:18). St Paul returns to the same teaching. He writes to the Thessalonians: “Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:17-18) . We encourage every parishioner to find 10-15 minutes every day of quiet prayer. We also strongly encourage each parishioner to spend 30-45 minutes of quiet prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament at least once a week. We cannot give what we do not have. If we want others to know how much God loves them, then each one of us must know in a deeply personal way how much God loves each of us.
More About Serving
At the very heart of Christian stewardship is the act of service. “Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves. Beginning in conversion, change of mind and heart, this commitment is expressed not in a single action nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s self to the Lord” (Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response, U. S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship). Jesus himself came to teach us how to give of our whole selves: I came not to be served but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many (cf. Mt 20:28). A stewardship parish seeks to be that common faith community within which parishioners are invited and have the opportunity to serve and be served, giving, receiving and sharing their God-given giftedness. We encourage everyone of us to discern one’s stewardship involvement of this parish. How are you actively Giving, Praying, and Serving your brothers and sisters here at St. Pius X? Together, with Christ’s grace, God can accomplish great things in our Grandville community.
Thank you for embracing stewardship as a way of life. Every offering of time, talent and treasure is an expression of God’s own generosity and enables our parish to continue its mission as a sign of Christ’s real people, real presence with real purpose in our community.
Click here and you’ll be taken to a secure site to create your account and select the amount and frequency of your offering of treasure.
- This new donation platform is simpler to use, accepts donations via text messages, and charges lower fees than the old platform.
Text the word GIVE to 616.253.6337, and you’ll receive a link to our giving site. From there, you can input the amount and choose to set your gift as a one-time or recurring gift.
Are you interested in giving a one-time gift without creating an online giving account? Click here and you will be taken to the ParishSoft site for St. Pius X.
Monetary contributions to the parish can be placed into the collection baskets at any of the Masses, dropped off or sent to the parish office (3937 Wilson Ave SW | Grandville, MI 49418).
Registered households are mailed a packet of offertory envelopes every two months. If you are not receiving envelopes, but would like to, please email the parish office or call 616.532.9344
We thank you for including the parish in the stewardship of your treasure!