Does your GPS act up like mine? Sometimes I wonder if the GPS has a mind of it’s own and is playing tricks on me. From avoiding certain intersections to unforeseen construction, my GPS is not always the most reliable. However, it always points to my destination!
Think about a Stewardship GPS (Give, Pray, Serve) with me for a minute. We are all pointed in the right direction, yet somehow we run into roadblocks along the way. Missing Mass one Sunday, arguing with a loved one, or any of the sins that cross our paths, provide roadblocks to our destination. As much as we try, the destination often seems too far away or inconvenient to get to. As we prepare to enter into the Advent Season, I would first like to turn your attention to an upcoming day of giving, Giving Tuesday. Think of Giving Tuesday like a rest area along the highway, a quick stop to stretch and rejuvenate. We can utilize our Stewardship GPS to get us back on course, rejuvenated and ready! By giving, praying, and serving we can navigate to a deeper relationship with Jesus and become intentional disciples.
Giving Tuesday is celebrated on November 27, 2018 and is promoted as a global day of giving. While the day has increased in awareness and popularity since its inception in 2012. Last year, all types of nonprofits received over 2.5 million gifts which totaled more than 300 million dollars all raised in ONE day! Those numbers are a tremendous example of generosity in a world that sometimes seems to emphasize individualism and consumerism over philanthropy.
So, how can we as Catholics participate in Giving Tuesday? How about responding as a Catholic Steward? Think about your Stewardship GPS. Just as a GPS navigates us to our destination, stewardship helps us navigate our faith life. Here at Cathedral, we will be posting opportunities to use our Stewardship GPS to Give, Pray, and Serve. We invite you to join us.
On November 27th:
- Join us for Mass at 7AM or 5:15PM
- Come in for Confession from 4:15PM- 5:00PM • Take time reading the Scriptures for the day, easily found on USCCB’s website (http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112718.cfm)
- Pray for those listed on the online prayer wall or listed as a Mass Intention for the week Consider serving at your favorite organization that day or contacting an organization about volunteering • Call a friend and invite them to an upcoming faith formation event or next Sunday’s Mass
- Share with us how you use your Stewardship GPS on Giving Tuesday by engaging in the conversation on Facebook or with your peers. We are all blessed in abundance by God. Let us lead the way (GPS!) by our example on Giving Tuesday!
Katie Price is the Coordinator for Stewardship at the Cathedral. She can be reached at [email protected].