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Stewardship

The St. Kilian stewardship committee launches its annual fall campaign this month.

In the next few weeks, we aim to provide you with information about how the parish operates, the good works the parish performs, and ways you can help continue those traditions. 

A financial report detailing St. Kilian’s 2017-2018 fiscal year will be mailed out early in October, followed by commitment cards at the end of the month.

We have invited parish members to speak in witness talks at Masses on Oct. 13/14 and Oct. 20/21.

Thank you for the your prayerful consideration of the gifts shared with our parish!

 

The stewardship committee continues work on a Time and Talent campaign. In the coming weeks, parishioners will receive a mailing reflecting on ways to share the gifts of time and talent and will hear lay witness speakers at Mass. A Stewardship Showcase is slated for early May. Our committee thanks St. Kilian parishioners for all the gifts they generously share - time, talent, participation, offertory, and prayers. 

 


 

The Stewardship Committee met March 5, 2017, and worked on plans for an upcoming Stewardship Showcase. It will include:

* Mailing the week of April 17 to introduce the showcase

* Lay witness talks April 22/23 and April 29/30 from a few dedicated parish volunteers

* Stewardship Showcase May 6/7 to highlight and thank our many ministries, committees, and organizations, as well as provide an invitation for new membership.


 

This month, the stewardship committee welcomed another new member and started work on a Time and Talent campaign set for a spring launch. Kathryn Harvey, director of adult ministries at St. Kilian and St. John, briefed us on her recent participation at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 'Everyday Stewardship' session. She brought back lots of great resources and pointers, including how stewardship exists for and through all of us - "young, old, lay, ordained, male, female, rich, poor."

We are gathering photos of parishioners at work in church and school ministries to make a Time and Talent video. If you have any of your own photos of ministers that you would like to share, please send them to eileen.mozinski@gmail.com.

Several of us on the stewardship committee paused during this month's meeting to snap a photo. Please feel free to contact any of us with your thoughts on stewardship. 

 

Happy New Year from the St. Kilian Stewardship Committee! As we kick off 2017, we are excited to have two new members join our group and to start work on a time and talent campaign. 

Please continue to watch Facebook, the parish website, and the bulletin for updates.

We also are focusing on some big ideas around the idea of stewardship. This means we want to continue building a parish with:
*Vitality and spirit

*Strong parishioner involvement

*Financial giving levels that allow for the support and growth of ministries and outreach

*A welcoming environment for all parishioners and newcomers

*Dynamic prayer life

We welcome your thoughts and suggestions about growing these aspects of St. Kilian. 

Interested in being part of our group? Please join us! We are looking for new members who would like to help us work to further engage our parish. 

You can leave us a message on Facebook or through the parish office. 


 

Greetings from the St. Kilian Stewardship Committee!

We are a group focused on stewardship in a holistic way - the cultivating of all forms of parish participation: committees, service with parish-sponsored groups, community service, and offertory.

We have a two-pronged effort planned for the next few months – a financial campaign called “Love without Limits” this fall and a Time and Talent campaign over the winter. We will be sending out more information via traditional mail soon and will be welcoming some fellow parishioners as pulpit partners at Mass.

We are grateful for all that our members do on behalf of our St. Kilian community and are excited to keep expanding these efforts! We welcome your questions or thoughts. Please follow the St. Kilian Facebook page and visit the St. Kilian website to stay up to date with our latest stewardship committee projects.


 

As we wrap up our "Love without Limits" financial campaign, the stewardship committee would like to thank all parishioners for the consideration of the materials. We received 112 commitment card responses as of last week, and would welcome additional submissions from those who may still have cards. They can be mailed to the parish office or returned in the collection basket at Mass. Thank you! 


 

 

'The Good Lord has Provided'
St. Kilian parishioners share story of giving  

As part of St. Kilian's Love without Limits annual financial campaign, Tim and Annemarie Michalak spoke at all three St. Kilian Masses on October 22/23 to share how and why they give of their time, talent, and treasure.

The Michalaks have carried out a quarter century of tithing - the practice of giving 10 percent of annual earnings away - while raising seven children on one full-time income.


"We had to sit down and determine what were our wants and what were our needs," said Tim, in describing the couple's commitment to family, parish community and charity over the years. "The good Lord has provided for all of our needs in the 25 years we've been tithing," he said.

Annemarie offered ideas to the congregation about spending time and sharing talent in support of our community, such as working with younger parishioners, serving those who might be dealing with grief, praying for those in need, or gardening to beautify the church grounds.

"There are so many ways - you are so talented and gifted - to give back to our community," Annemarie said.
Whether it's time, talent, or treasure, we receive blessings when we give. We thank Tim and Annemarie for offering this witness and for being such faithful stewards for our parish. 

Matthew 6:21 "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." 


 

St. Kilian Congregation: Strong, Faithful Stewards
One family's experience with God's love at St. Kilian

As our second stewardship witness talk for the Love without Limits annual financial campaign, Karen Langlois spoke at all three Masses on October 29/30 to share how the St. Kilian congregation has been strong stewards for her family. Her boys went to school at St. Kilian and the family developed strong friendships through activities like volunteering at fish fries, sports events, dinner auctions, and Scouts.

When tragedy struck on February 4, 2014 and Jacob passed away following an accident with her boys, our parish rose to the occasion with meals, prayers, and financial support. The family felt loved, not judged. For Joe's confirmation, the parish showed up. During the legal proceedings, there were letters, prayers, and support.

It was a moving witness to God's love and the faithfulness of our parish. We appreciate Karen's heartfelt words. 

Karen reminded us about Paul's letter to the Corinthians: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”


 

Oct. 17, 2016
 
Dear Members of St. Kilian,
 
St. John writes: “Those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.” This special union and presence of God’s love can give us great confidence in our daily lives.
God’s love never fails. It is eternal and irrevocable.
 
From the time of our baptism until we meet God in eternity, we are surrounded by God’s watchful care and protection. Stewardship has its roots in the conviction that God is present in our lives, generously attending us in all things. What return can we make to the Lord?
 
That’s the question that each of us answer in our own way. It’s a personal question and isn’t about how other people may or may not have a sense of commitment to responding to God’s love. It’s about my personal response to God’s goodness and love.
 
The mission and ministries of St. Kilian Congregation are dependent on faithful stewards. Whether it’s participating in and supporting the religious formation of our children, youth, and adults or attending to the sick and elderly, we are a congregation that is conscious of our need to do the work of Christ. It includes our congregation, but it also includes our community, nation, and the worldwide mission of the Church. At the heart of being able to accomplish these good works is your spirit of stewardship and generosity.
 
The Stewardship Committee is coordinating our annual pledge of financial support for St. Kilian. I encourage you to reflect on your response. We will have members of the congregation share their understanding of stewardship, as well as provide you with information about how the congregation allocates its resources.
 
Thank you for your prayerful response and support.
 
Sincerely,
 
Fr. David La Plante
 

 


 

We would like to share this stewardship prayer that we pray together at each of our meetings:

My parish is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.

It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes,
if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into worship,
if I invite and bring them.

It will be a parish of loyalty and love,
of fearlessness and faith,
of compassion, charity, and mercy,
if I, who make it what it is,
am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I now dedicate myself to the task
of being all the things
that I want my parish to be.


-Author unknown