The New Member Welcome Committee assists with the New Member Welcome gatherings by welcoming new parishioners on Sunday morning sessions and also helping follow-up with new volunteers. More Information
|Volunteer Positions||Registrar and Hospitality Coordinators|
|Required of Volunteer||Welcome new members, help them sign in and assist with refreshments. Be open and welcoming to new parishioners. Share information about the parish with new parishioners and with volunteers. Assist with tracking new volunteer ministers. ( 3-4 hours)|
|Time Commitment||New Member Welcome Sessions are every other Month on Sunday morning following the 7:00 am, 8:30 am and 10:15 am Masses and evening session as needed. Allow 2 hrs per session|
God calls us individually and intends for each one of us to play a unique role in carrying out the divine plan. The challenge, then, is to understand our role-- our vocation-- and to respond generously to this call from God.
Stewardship is a vocation to discipleship. The Mature disciple makes a firm decision to be a follower of Christ and to imitate His way of life no matter what the cost. Disciples practice Stewardship as a way of life.
We are called to be faithful and loyal to the teachings of the Church- to practice our faith consistently and sacramentally. Following faithfully defines itself in our lives, family lives, attendance at and participation in the life of the parish Church.
Stewardship is a lifestyle, a life of total accountablity and responsibility, acknowledging God as the Creator and Owner of all. Christian Stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all God's gifts. Gratitude for these many gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts that we have been given. It involves the intentional, planned and proportionate giving of all we have.
God has given each of us certain things, and we are responsible for caring for them and are accountable for what we do with them. Stewardship rejects the notion that we must "have it all" and instead demonstrate the value of giving in love, in service and in justice. GOod stewards have an "attitude of gratitude."
As with all things pertaining to the Gospel, Stewardship is fundamentally the work of the Spirit in our lives. When we accept our lives as sheer gifts, the Spirit can use us as apt instruments for spreading the Gospel.
What are your gifts from God?
When the time comes for us to consider sharing our special gifts of time and talent, what if we are not sure of what they are?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering the stewardship opportunities which are best suited for your special gifts. Think about it, pray about it, take a leap of faith and fill out one of the following sheets.
Generally, a good communicator? Feeling drawn to build discipleship? Compelled to help others understand the Jesus story?
Have a knack for uniting people? Encourage a team approach to problems? Influence others to get involved?
Set high standards of excellence? Enjoy presenting what you have learned? Have patience and understanding?
Always try to encourage others? Have a strong sense of concern? Enjoy using your skills to communicate?
Concerned for the individual? Sympathizing and empathetic? Often doing what no one else likes to do?
Found working behind the scenes? Helping others without really thinking about it? Motivated to “do whatever needs to be done?”
Have a strong sense of organization? Focus on team activities vs. individual? Have a knack for delegating / following up?
Think outside the box? Talk to God more effectively without speaking? Deliver a message through song or instrument? Think of ways to communicate other than speaking?
The Annual Pastoral Appeal is a centralized campaign designed to give each of the Diocese's 81 parishes and missions every opportunity to reach their maximum potential. It is meant to be a resource to educate our faithful on their parish's share of our larger Diocesan Church.
Through an assessment, every parish and mission is required to support our diocesan operations, services and ministries that in turn meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of thousands throughout our five county faith community that one parish could not meet alone. This allows each one of us, as one, united in faith, to fulfill God's call to spread the good news and to love and serve one another.
Our Lord Jesus Christ calls each one of us to be generous in thought, word and deed. He teaches us that in the measure we give, we also receive. Every Catholic is invited and encouraged to make a commitment to Christ's ministry through the mission of our Church here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
For those who wish to contribute to the Annual Pastoral Appeal: Contribute Now
From the desk of Father Len...
My Friends in Christ,
As you are aware, our fair share assessment in this year’s Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) is $364,814. My sincere thanks to all of you who have already participated in the $245,075 pledged so far. However, since Spring of this year, I have spoken at several Masses about our Annual Pastoral Appeal that provides each of us the opportunity to touch, with charity, the lives of families struggling through pain and suffering, women facing an unplanned pregnancy, care for the elderly, students seeking a Catholic school education, and persons of all ages pursuing a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Additionally, your APA contributions will be used in support of our seminarians and diaconate candidates that are being formed for ordination to the priesthood and the diaconate.
We are in the second half of the 2016 APA effort. The good news is we are ahead of where we were last year and 2014 year-to-date. Unfortunately I am sad to say that we are still $119,739 short of our assessment. Our assessment of $364,814 must be paid regardless of the gifts pledged by our parishioners to APA. If we don’t meet our goal, we must use our offertory collections for any shortfall we might have. Taking offertory funds to pay for our shortfall, impairs our ability to fund parish ministries and activities such as our youth ministry and other faith formation programs. If we exceed our goal, all money collected above our assessment returns to the parish for use in parish ministries.
If you are one of the 684 families that have supported the Annual Pastoral Appeal, I thank you and if your personal circumstances allow, ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your level of support. The hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been transformed through your contributions also thank you. Your gift educates young people, cares for the homeless and hungry, inspires vocations, puts into practice our Catholic faith, and advocates on behalf of the dignity of every person. This is an undertaking of efforts by the Diocese to accomplish what none of our individual parishes could do alone.
If you have not had the opportunity to support these ministries please consider a donation to help us attain our assessment which must be paid to the diocese. A return envelope is enclosed or you may use our APA button on the WeShare on-line giving page by clicking on the icon found on our web homepage.
Please, please, if you can, help us carry on the mission of Jesus as a diocesan family. The success of this appeal is dependent upon ALL the people of our parish.
Together with you in ministry,
Father Len Piotrowski
To demonstrate your spirit of thanks and
gratitude to God for all His many gifts to you.
To give thanks to God for your faith, your
ability, your health and your family.
To give outward proof of what your Catholic
faith means to you through your example of
To share the spiritual and temporal blessings
that come to those who assist in developing God's work.
This group plans and executes strategies to help the children of the parish understand the true meaning of stewardship through special events, school and Religious Education classes, liturgies and activities aimed at K-12th grades.
|Volunteer Position||Children's Stewardship Committee|
|Experience Necessary||Living the life of a good steward.|
|Training Required||Meet with Director of Stewardship to obtain orientation and basic materials. Attend a Diocesan workshop.|
|Time Commitment||Meet as needed about once a month and for special projects 2-4 hours each, 3 times a year.|
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for encouraging all members of our parish community to live out their commitment to be Christ centered by sharing with others the gifts which they themselves have received from God: their life and talents, their time and treasures.
|Volunteer Position||Stewardship Committee Member|
|Required of the Volunteer||To participate in activities designed by the committee or our pastor to facilitate and encourage stewardship. Currently the committee is responsible for the Time and Talent Festival, updating the Stewardship of Time and Talent Directory, Honoring Our Past/Building Our Future Capital Campaign, and the New Member Welcome gatherings.|
|Experience Necessary||None, but experience with true stewardship, fund raising and volunteerism would be helpful.|
|Training Required||None, but the diocese offers workshops for those interested.|
|Time Commitment||One monthly meeting and activities.|
The Espiritu Santo Legacy Society celebrates parishioners who will complete their life's journey with a lasting gift to assure the financial strength of our parish and school. Simply stated, Legacy Society gifts are commitments made today, completed in the future, often at the donor's passing or over a long period of time. Recognizing everything we have is a gift from God, Legacy Society members pledge their financial support to Espiritu Santo Catholic Church and School in perpetuity. Serving and strengthening our parish for eternity.
The Espiritu Santo Legacy Society is a way to honor and inspire those who make a legacy gift to our parish by inclusion in their will or another type of legacy gift like a Charitable Gift Annuity. Our Legacy Society will provide three primary benefits to the parish:
The Legacy Society serves as an informational resource to offer "Lifetime Planning Seminars" programs to assist parishioners in learning more about such important matters as estate, tax and financial planning, elder law, charitable giving, medical directives and living wills to name a few.
Representatives from various Ministries and Organizations at Espiritu Santo were asked by the Pastoral Council to describe how their group's activites demonstrate the parish's Mission Statement.
The parish has a better solution to make donating simple and easy, while at the same time keeping the process safe and secure. We Share online giving is available for parishioners who would like to make online donations to our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections and future events. This technology is being utliized for the well-being and growth of our parish community.
This will allow you to set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment offertory payment, or allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view complete, accurate financial records at any time. Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider We Share online giving.
Benefits for the parishioner are:
Benefits for the parish include:
In the event you have been giving electronically through OnLine Giving, our previous processor, please use this link to remove your account once you have established your new account through We Share.