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									   Spring, 2010
 Time and Talent
Renewal Packet




                      Stewardship
                       A Way of Life




Office of Parish Stewardship
Diocese of Rockville Centre




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   Office of Parish Stewardship
             Diocese of Rockville Centre

                   To Contact Us:
By Phone:              (516) 379-4055 x3

By Fax:                (516) 379-3234

By E-mail:             stewardship@drvc.org

On the Web:            www.stewardshipli.org

                       www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html

Our Address:           200 West Centennial Avenue, Suite 202
                       Roosevelt, NY 11575-1950




                 OUR OFFICE STAFF:
    Laurie Whitfield        Director

    Georgena McCandless     Program Services Coordinator




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                          Table of Contents

A Snap-Shot of the Four Weekends of Renewal                        4
     Make a Plan!                                                  4
Your Parish Plan                                                   5
     Materials Templates that You Print                            5
     Materials and Resources that We Provide                       6
     Other Renewal Components and Considerations                   7

Parish Mailings                                                    8
     First Parish Mailing                                          8
     Second Parish Mailing                                         8
     The “Thank You” Letter/Card                                   9
     The “Follow-Up” Letter                                        9
     Letter to Ministry Leaders Announcing the Gifts Celebration   10
     Letter to Invite Potential Witness Speaker                    10


Lay Witness Talks                                                  11
     General Information                                           11
     “So, You’ve Been Asked” (handout)                             12
     4 Steps to a Witness Talk (handout)                           13

Sample Ministry Description                                        14

Sample Page from Ministry Directory                                15

Sample Time and Talent Commitment Form                             16

Calendar and Action Plan                                           17
     Renewal Calendar At a Glance                                  17
     Renewal Timeline                                              18-20
Calendar of Future Stewardship Renewals                            21
Gifts Celebration Resources                                        22
Time and Talent Renewal Workshops                                  23
Additional Materials Available on the Web                          24




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           A SNAP-SHOT OF THE FOUR WEEKENDS
        OF THE TIME AND TALENT RENEWAL PROCESS
              Awareness Weekend                                 Gifts Celebration Weekend
∗ A “heads-up” that stewardship renewal time is        ∗ Celebrates and makes known to all parishioners
  coming.                                                how gifts are shared in the parish community!
∗ It’s time to reflect, pray and plan for the sharing ∗ Publicly thanks people for sharing their gifts as
  of Time and Talent in all aspects of life this year.   well as shows gratitude for the many gifts God
∗ Supported by bulletin inserts, bulletin and pulpit     has given us.
  announcements, general intercessions, targeted       ∗ Connects our giftedness with Sunday Liturgy
  homilies, lay witness and more!                        and inspires others to recognize, use and share
∗ First Parish Mailing with Spiritual Brochure           their gifts throughout their daily lives.
  reinforces what was heard and read at Mass and ∗ Supported by bulletin inserts, bulletin and
  invites people into further reflection.                pulpit announcements, general intercessions,
                                                         targeted homilies, lay witness and more!
                                                       ∗ Celebration followed by a parish mailing
                                                         inviting people to commit to sharing their gifts
                                                         of time and talent.
            Commitment Weekend                                     Follow-Up Weekend
∗ A time to take action!                               ∗ A mini-repeat of Commitment Weekend.
∗ Parishioners make or renew commitments to            ∗ Especially for those who were not ready to
  sharing their gifts of time and talent.             commit last weekend.
∗ Presenting commitments can be an integral part ∗ Communicate thanks to those who have already
  of the liturgy.                                     committed.
∗ Supported by in-pew completion, bulletin inserts, ∗ Begin follow-up, data management,
  bulletin and pulpit announcements, general          orientation, placement, training, mentoring and
  intercessions, targeted homilies, lay witness and   so on!
  more!


                                      MAKE A PLAN!
   First and foremost, YOU NEED A PLAN! Work with your stewardship committee, parish
   staff, and others to ensure that you have a clear, sensible plan. Do what you can with what
   you have. Consult with our Office as a resource (516-379-4055 x3).
   Make choices! There are multiple choices and options available to you, especially regarding
   the parishioner materials. Know the options, make decisions!
   Make sure to collaborate with others and communicate your plan to all parish leadership
   who are involved in any part of the process (liturgy people, clergy, music directors, parish
   council, ministry leaders, and anyone else who may be affected or concerned).
   It is important to keep the necessary pieces of the renewal intact (stewardship homilies and
   theme materials, lay witness talks, a celebration of gifts, public commitments and an updated
   ministry directory). However, if you are amending any part of the plan that we have
   provided for you, it is vital that you amend all related components, aspects, and parts
   accordingly. Cohesiveness is a key component of the renewal process. The renewal needs to
   feel like what it is meant to be: a movement or journey.

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                                     Your Parish Plan

The following is a brief description and availability of each component of the Time and Talent
Renewal Process. For further information, explanation, rationale, or ideas for using the
resource, please call our Office at 516-379-4055 x3.

Materials Templates that You Print:


    Spiritual Brochure:
The Spiritual Brochure provides a renewed reflection and understanding of Christian stewardship in
light of the theme chosen by your parish (see your Time and Talent Renewal Catalog). Included in the
First Parish Mailing, it is designed to challenge people and invite them to move further along the journey
of faith. The Spiritual Brochure template is available in the fully customizable MS Publisher format,
camera ready Adobe .pdf format and available in English and Spanish.


    Three Separate Bulletin Inserts:
Bulletin Inserts directly support the flow and movement of the renewal process. The respective bulletin
inserts should be utilized each week of the renewal. Insert templates are available in the fully
customizable MS Publisher format, camera ready Adobe .pdf format, both in English and Spanish text.


    Ministry Directory:
An updated Ministry Directory informs parishioners of the ministries and activities in the parish
through which they can share their gifts. The directory includes brief descriptions of each ministry
position and pertinent contact information. A sample is included in this packet for you to spark some
ideas. A customizable template (in MS Publisher) is available on the Time and Talent Materials CD. The
Ministry Directory should also include the Commitment Card for Commitment Weekend.


    Commitment Card:
The Commitment Card is a tool for action to help people design a plan of response to God’s generosity
in their lives, especially as it relates to the sharing of time and talent. The Commitment Card is unique
to each parish, primarily based upon the ministries that the parish provides. Part of the Ministry
Directory and included in the Second Parish Mailing it’s also used during the “in-pew walk-through” as
a stand alone piece. A sample is included in this packet for you to spark some ideas. A customizable
template (in MS Publisher) is available on the Time and Talent Materials CD.


    “Thank You” Cards:
Thanking people who have come forth to share their gifts of any kind is a must! Use these cards in lieu
of a mail merged letter or pre-printed card to express gratitude to any person/family who has
responded to this year’s invitation to make or renew commitment. Cards should be hand-signed by the
Pastor if at all possible. You may wish to include the stewardship prayer card, a holy card, or some
other small gift with this mailing. Everyone who submitted a Commitment Card must receive a written
“Thank You” within two weeks of submitting the Commitment.




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Materials and Resources that We Provide :

    Theme Posters
Theme posters are designed to reflect your parish’s chosen theme and are available in English only and
Spanish only. They are colorful with lively pictures of people being church. They express the joy
associated with good Christian stewardship. Order enough posters to be displayed in all the rooms in
your parish center, your church vestibule and entrances, parish school building, faith formation
meeting rooms, gathering areas and general meeting rooms.


    Stewardship Prayer Cards
Now in three popular versions (“A” or “B” or “C”), these cards contain a “stewardship prayer” that
explicitly uses some of the language of stewardship spirituality. Order enough cards from us to insert
in all the music books or missals in Church, to have for all parish meetings, for any parish formational
gathering (catechetical, adult faith formation, etc.), for use with the sick and homebound, parish
mailings and to distribute in your parish’s welcome kit. Also available is the popular prayer of St.
Teresa of Avila. All prayer cards are available in English and in Spanish.


    “Thank You” Cards
Thanking people who have come forth to share their gifts of any kind is a must! Use these cards
(available in English and Spanish) in lieu of a mail merged letter or card you may print to express
gratitude to any person/family who has responded to this year’s invitation to make or renew
commitment. Cards should be hand-signed by the Pastor if at all possible. You may wish to include
the stewardship prayer card, a holy card, or some other small gift with this mailing. Everyone who
submitted a Commitment Card must receive a written “Thank You” within two weeks of submitting
the Commitment.


    Stewardship Graphics
Graphics help communicate our annual theme, stewardship message and provide visual recognition so
that the language and the practice of stewardship becomes a recognizable part of Christian life. These
graphics should be included in all your parish communications. You may order a complete set of
Stewardship graphics on CD from our office or for a limited selection, you may download theme
graphics by visiting www.stewardshipli.org/lead/renew.html.




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Other Renewal Components and Considerations:

    Liturgical Music
In order for parishioners to experience the fullness of renewal, all of the components must flow to
create a cohesive process. This also pertains to liturgical music. It is important to work with the Music
Minister and/or parish liturgy committee so that the people involved in music ministry are aware of
the renewal and will select appropriate songs. Songs about discipleship, stewardship, commitment,
renewal, ministry, conversion and gifts are most appropriate. Songs that reflect the parish’s chosen
theme are also very appropriate.


    In-Pew Commitments
It has been proven that in-pew commitments generate the best response from people. We do not
provide a script for this purpose for Time and Talent Renewal because each parish’s Commitment Card
is different. When commitments are discussed by the presider or other minister, it is important that
those who are already involved in parish ministry are specifically asked to participate in the renewal of
their commitments by completing a Commitment Card.

    Gifts Celebrations
The celebration of the gifts of the community is an important part of the process of Time and Talent
Renewal. We should celebrate at each Mass on Pentecost Weekend ALL of God’s gifts in the lives of
the people, including but not limited to gifts shared at the parish. Brainstorm creative and different
ways your parish can celebrate the gifts of the community. For some great ideas and further
explanation, visit www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html for a helpful Power Point Presentation.


   General Intercessions/Bulletin Announcements/
Pulpit Announcements
These liturgical resources, provided on the CD ordered from our Office, foster a complete and
holistic approach to stewardship renewals that includes the necessary liturgical connections.
The formats we use may differ from that which is used in your parish. Simply adapt the
content of each to your parish’s own standard. It is also important to know your parish’s
schedule for submitting this information in order for it to appear during the appropriate
weekend. There is one of each liturgical resource for use before the four weekends of renewal
and another set to use after the four weekends of renewal for a total of six of each resource.


    Letters for Parishioners
All letters, provided on the CD ordered from our Office, are in MS Word format and available
in English and Spanish, ready to be customized, duplicated or used as a mail merge document.
Some parishes have combined the first and second parish mailings for cost considerations.
This requires an adaptation of the renewal plan described as well as care and attention so that
the process and movement of the renewal is not diminished. Plan so that the renewal will still
achieve the desired results that include at least these three steps that will be clearly recognized
by the people: Awareness, Celebration, and Commitment. The process is important.




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First Parish Mailing
Purpose:
To invite all registered parish families to (once again) become aware that our annual Time and
Talent stewardship renewal is upon us. The included spiritual brochure provides a way to
help form parishioners in the spiritual and theological principles of stewardship in a practical
way.
Notes:
   This letter should be signed by the pastor and the stewardship leader.
   The mailing includes the new spiritual brochure that you have printed.
   The mailing is to be received by the people during the week of May 17, 2010.
   Feel free to modify the letter to better accommodate your/your pastor’s writing style. Be
   mindful to keep the important points that reference the renewal, theme and spiritual
   brochure.
   The letter is available on CD which can be ordered online at www.stewardshipli.org/
   lead.html or call our Office at 516-379-4055 X3.



Second Parish Mailing
Purpose:
To invite people to enter more deeply into the spirit of this year’s annual Time and Talent
stewardship renewal. To send all registered parish families a Commitment Card so that all
may have a tool to help reflect upon the ways they will share their God-given gifts, particularly
their time and talent, with the parish through parish ministries/activities in the coming year.
Notes:
   This letter should be signed by the pastor and the stewardship leader.
   This mailing includes the Commitment Card of your choice that you have printed and may
   include the parish’s revised Ministry Directory.
   This mailing is to be received by the people during the week of May 24, 2010.
   Feel free to modify the letter to better accommodate your/your pastor’s writing style. Be
   mindful to keep the important points that reference the renewal, theme, and the
   Commitment Card.
   You may include this letter (with modifications) as the first page of the revised Ministry
   Directory including Time and Talent Commitment form.
   The letter is available on CD which can be ordered online at www.stewardshipli.org/
   lead.html or call our Office at 516-379-4055 X3.




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“Thank You” Letters or Cards
Purpose:
To express gratitude to any person/family in a parish who has responded to this year’s
invitation to make or renew commitments to sharing gifts of time and talent.
Notes:
   This letter/card should be signed by the pastor alone; hand-signed if at all possible.
   Some parishes choose to include the stewardship prayer card, prayer of St. Teresa card, a
   holy card, a bookmark, or another small gift with this mailing.
   This mailing is to be done in a timely fashion, within two weeks of receiving the
   Commitment Card from the person/family.
   Everyone who submitted a Commitment Card must receive a written “Thank You.”
   Feel free to modify the letter or the card templates to better accommodate your/your
   pastor’s writing style. Be mindful to reference the renewal and this year’s theme.
   There are options for saying, “Thank You” to those who completed Commitment Cards.
      1. You can send personalized letters produced in MS Word and mail merged (we
         provide the MS Word file to you).
      2. You can send cards you print using one of the two templates we have for you.
         (We’ve produced those templates in MS Publisher format and Adobe .PDF file. Both
         require sufficient cardstock, such as Avery 5315 note cards or even plain cardstock
         can be cut in half after they are printed.)
      3. You can send standard “Thank You” Cards we print for you (order them from us at
         no cost to the parish).
   The letter is available on CD which can be ordered online at www.stewardshipli.org/
   lead.html or call our Office at 516-379-4055 X3.



“Follow-Up” Letter
Purpose:
To follow-up with those in the parish who have not completed a Commitment Card this year
(and may have in the past). Also, can be revised to follow-up with anyone who is currently
involved in a parish ministry but has yet to complete a Commitment Card this year.
Notes:
   This letter should be from the pastor alone.
   It should include another Commitment Card.
   This letter should go out during the weeks of June 7 and June 14, 2010.
   The letter is available on CD which can be ordered online at www.stewardshipli.org/
   lead.html or call our Office at 516-379-4055 X3.




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Letter to Ministry Leaders Announcing the Gifts Celebration
Purpose:
The purpose of this letter is to announce this year’s plans for your parish’s Gifts Celebration to the
ministry leaders. Many parishes choose to have a parish ministry leaders’ meeting where the plan
is presented and everyone is clear about his/her responsibilities for a successful Gifts Celebration.
Notes:
   This letter should be from the pastor alone.
   The letter should go out early enough so that people can have ample time to do whatever they
   need to do for the Gifts Celebration.
   In this year’s timeline, the Gifts Celebration takes place on the weekend of May 22/23.

   Included with this letter should be the description for the particular ministries that are headed
   by this leader. The leader is then asked to revise the description so that proper updates can be
   made to the parish’s ministry directory.
   The letter is available on CD which can be ordered online at www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html or
   call our Office at 516-379-4055 X3.




  Lay Witness Talks (Invitation to Potential Speakers)
  Purpose:
  This letter is used as an invitation from the Pastor to someone who is a potential lay witness
  speaker for this year’s annual renewal.
  Notes:
      Some parishes use a similar letter, not as an invitation from the Pastor, but as a nomination
      from someone who is known well by the nominee.
      If the letter is an invitation, it should be from the Pastor. If it is a nomination, it could be
      from someone the person knows who has nominated him/her.
      Sometimes, a parish has difficulty securing adult witness speakers. Some have found it to
      be quite exciting and fresh to have young people (teenagers and young adults) give the
      witness talks during stewardship renewals.
      There is an accompanying sheet entitled, “So, you’ve been asked to present a lay witness
      talk at the Parish…” and another, “4 Steps to a Witness Talk” that many parishes have
      found helpful. They are reproduced for you on the following pages and are also available
      on our website at www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html.




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Lay Witness Talks (General Information)
Purpose:
Key to the renewal process are witness talks from members of the parish who have struggled to
respond to God’s call in their lives, accepted the challenge, and entered into the ongoing conversion
process of living as Christians.
Notes:
   Lay Witness talks are never requests for money or for volunteers. Those are different kinds of talks
   on different occasions and are inappropriate during stewardship renewals.
   Some parishes, because of the notable effectiveness of Witness Talks and the belief of parish
   leadership in their essential value, schedule the talks for more than one weekend during the
   renewal. Whatever your parish decides, make sure to include Lay Witness Talks before the in-pew
   Commitment process takes place (usually the second or third weekend of the renewal).
   Lay witness talks are to take place at Mass within established liturgical norms.
   Lay witness training and/or preparation is important. If you need ideas for this, call us.
   The following are important to note when utilizing Witness Talks in the parish for stewardship
   renewal periods:
   ♦     Inviting Potential Speakers:
               People who have had some level of conversion regarding Stewardship.
               People who consistently share their Time and Talent through parish ministries and
               activities.
               People who give effective witness to their use of financial resources.
   ♦     Overview of Purpose and Nature of Talk:
             Includes reference to this year’s theme (Chosen by the parish).
             To tell personal stories of how the Witness Speaker responds to Jesus’ call by returning
             gifts to the Lord.
             To consider a reflection on a major theme of the readings for the particular Sunday the talk
             will be made.
   ♦     Follow the “Big Four” Questions:
              “I first heard about stewardship when…”
              “My reaction to Stewardship was…”
              “What changed my mind was…”
              “Stewardship has benefited my life by…”
   ♦     Training (preferably as a Group):
              Familiarity with principles of the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral on Stewardship.
              Familiarity with the designated Sunday’s scripture.
              Use of Fr. Bill Hanson’s “Witness Training Guide” and Video (available from our Office).
   ♦     Reflection on:
              Baptismal Call.
              Stewardship as a way of life.
              Sharing Time and Talent.
   ♦     Practice Presentations (and friendly Group Critique):
               Preferably, in the space where the talk will be given.
               Using the actual audio equipment that will be available.
               Duration of talk should be no longer than five minutes.




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                                    So, You’ve Been Asked to
                                   Present A Lay Witness Talk
                                         at the Parish…
                                  It’s because the Pastor recognizes something in you
                                  that is a tremendous gift - your willingness to try and
                                  live out the commitment you have to Jesus Christ and
                                  the Catholic Faith!

It’s also because you are someone whose life has been a witness to what Christian
stewardship and discipleship are all about!

You express a gratitude to God for the great gifts you have received, and you are
willing to share your gifts with others! You have made a decision to be a giver!

In a word, you are someone who tries to live the faith on a daily basis in concrete ways!


       What is a Lay Witness Talk, Anyway?
It’s a story of commitment...a story of conversion shared with other people that helps
them relate to the message of Jesus. It’s an ordinary story.

It’s very much like what the early Christians did to help evangelize
others.

It’s a story BY real people living regular lives FOR real people living
regular lives.

The Lay Witness Talks take place during one or two of the weekends during our
Stewardship Renewal. Your talk would be at one of our weekend Masses at that time.


        Well...What Would You Have To Do?
First and foremost, think and pray about how God may be calling you to this task.

Then, read and reflect upon the questions on the reverse side of this sheet.

The next step would be to attend the information meeting we have scheduled for this
purpose as outlined in the invitation.



            And Then...We’ll Take It From There!


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4 Steps to a Witness Talk
1. I first heard about stewardship when…
   This recalls the background and situation of a person which leads
   them up to the next step of conversion.


2. My reaction was…
   By describing a negative reaction, the listeners can relate to their
   own weak spots, and focus on the place where a breakthrough is
   needed.


3. What changed my mind was…
   By describing the story details surrounding his or her own
   breakthrough, the listener can get as close as possible to feeling and
   being moved by the power of transformation in the speaker’s life
   story.


4. It has benefited my life by…
   By describing the positive results, though mysteriously arrived at, the
   listener gets a glimpse of life on the other side of the breakthrough.
   This brings hope, as well as the thrill of a change.
                 Special thanks to Fr. Bill Hanson for the above outline explanation.




    A Witness Talk is NOT...
        A plea for people to give more money.
        A plea for people to get more involved.

    A Witness Talk IS...
        A story of real life faith by real life people!
        An opportunity to evangelize!




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Sample Ministry Description
     Stewardship Committee Member Position Description
NAME:          Stewardship Committee Member
POSITION:      To foster Stewardship as a Way of Life throughout our parish.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
        Spend a little time learning about stewardship at every meeting (this includes prayer and
        reflection).
        Attend Stewardship Training Days provided by the Office of Parish Stewardship both in the Fall
        and in the Spring.
        Promote the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship and Summary Brochure.
        Oversee the annual renewal processes of the 4-weekend presentation and renewal process of
        Time & Talent commitments each Spring and the 4-weekend presentation and renewal of
        Financial Stewardship commitments each Fall.
        Promote Stewardship for Children and Youth.
        Collaborative efforts to promote Stewardship that permeate all aspects of parish life.
        Model Stewardship as a way of life in the home, the parish, the workplace and the community.
GIFTS/QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS NEEDED:
         Committed to prayer and the spiritual life.
         Giver of time, talent, and treasure both within and outside the Parish.
         Communicator, both written and verbal.
         Visionary – has a sense of the direction of the Parish and the Church.
         Comfortable talking about Time, Talent, and Treasure in relation to our faith.
         Willing to implement accountability reporting.
         Collaborates with and works well with others while respecting the role and the responsibility of the
         Stewardship Chairperson.
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED: Approximately four hours a month for meetings and related activities. Time
will increase during the two seasonal renewal periods for preparation, renewal and follow-up.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: Monthly meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every
month. Meetings will increase to twice a month during renewal periods.
LENGTH OF COMMITMENT: Each member of the Stewardship committee has a three year term.
TRAINING PROVIDED:
        Two opportunities to attend each season a 4 hour Diocesan-Wide Parish Stewardship Training
         Days in the Spring and Fall.
        Parish Stewardship Manuals & many resources provided by the Diocesan Parish Stewardship
         Office.
        Training provided upon request by the Diocesan Office of Parish Stewardship.
        Pastoral Formation Institute Stewardship Leadership Track.
RESPONSIBLE TO:
       Stewardship Chairperson
       Other members of the Stewardship Committee
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Support and encouragement from Pastor, Stewardship Staff Coordinator, the
Stewardship Committee Chairperson and other staff opportunities for celebration with other members of the
committee.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
        Office of Parish Stewardship Staff of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
        Stewardship Support Gatherings
CONTACT PERSON(S): Fred & Joan Rogers 555-5309
EFFECTIVE DATE: August, 2009                         REVIEWED:       March, 2010

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Sample Ministry Directory Entries

                       Ministry Directory Entries


  FAITH FORMATION – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
       Catechist
       A catechist is one who assists in the faith formation of children in a particular grade in
       our religious education program. Our catechists are people who are gifted with a
       lively faith and the ability to share that faith creatively with children. The catechist is
       responsible for preparing age-appropriate lessons and activities and is guided by a
       grade-level coordinator who provides resources, ideas, suggestions, and support.
       Quarterly catechist meetings for each grade level assist in sharing ideas and
       developing skills. Catechists commit one hour a week of actual classroom time from
       September to May in our after-school program on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30
       p.m. Contact: Mary Smith, Director of Religious Education (555-1212).

  WORSHIP – EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
      A Eucharistic Minister is one who helps distribute the Eucharist to the People of God.
      Our Eucharistic Ministers use their gifts of reverence, faith, and presence to distribute
      Holy Communion either at Mass, in nursing homes, to the homebound, or in hospitals.
      Eucharistic Ministers are appointed by the Pastor and attend a full-day training
      session offered by the Diocese. Eucharistic Ministers make a one year commitment to
      one, two, or three hours per week in ministry. EM’s meet once every three months to
      pray and discuss the ministry.
             Eucharistic Minister for Weekend Liturgies
             These ministers assist the priests and deacons in distributing Holy Communion
             at our Weekend Eucharistic Celebrations. Contact: Joanna Martini,
             Coordinator (555-1212).
             Eucharistic Minister for the Nursing Home
             These Eucharistic Ministers bring the Eucharist to and spend some time with
             those in St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home each Sunday morning. Contact Miguel
             Santos, Coordinator (555-1111).

  ADMINISTRATION – COMMUNICATIONS
       Desktop Publishing
       Creativity, computing skills, and lots of ideas are the gifts that people in this ministry
       have! The Desktop Publishing ministry serves every other ministry in the parish by
       helping design and create flyers, brochures, and newsletters. The ministry meets
       once a month on Tuesday evenings to plan out the following month’s schedule. Most
       work is done on home PC’s. Training is provided. The commitment required is
       approximately two hours per week, plus the monthly meetings. Contact: George
       Smith, Coordinator (555-1212).




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Sample Time and Talent Commitment Form




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               CALENDAR and ACTION PLAN
                      “The Plan for Spring, 2010”
  These pages contain “The Plan” for this Spring’s Time and Talent renewal.
        PLEASE READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE PLAN BEFORE YOU START
  THE RENEWAL PROCESS TO GET AN OVERVIEW OF HOW EACH PIECE FITS.

  Saturday/Sunday, May 15/16:
       Stewardship Awareness Weekend
                 (Bulletin Insert 1)
  Monday, May 17:
      First Parish Mailing
                 (Spiritual Brochure and Letter)
  Saturday/Sunday, May 22/23: (Pentecost):
       Gifts Celebration Weekend
                 (Bulletin Insert 2, distribution of Ministry Directory, possible Lay
                 Witness Talk)
  Monday, May 24:
      Second Parish Mailing
                 (Letter, Commitment Card, and, if possible, Ministry Directory)
  Saturday/Sunday, May 29/30: (Memorial Day)
       Commitment Weekend
                 (Bulletin Insert 3, In-Pew Time and Talent Commitments, Lay Witness
                 Talk recommended)
  Saturday/Sunday, June 5/6:
       Follow-Up Weekend
                 (Repeat, on smaller scale, Commitment Weekend. Includes Time and
                 Talent Commitment Cards)
  Monday, June 7 and Afterwards:
      Acknowledgements and Follow-Up
                 (Thank you cards, continued communications, gift discernment,
                 interviewing, matching gifts, orientation and training, etc.)



You may need to make adjustments to the Detailed Action Plan that is provided on the
following pages because of variations and modifications unique to your parish.
Five key pieces however, need to remain. They are:
          Stewardship Homilies                   A Celebration of Gifts at every Mass
          Lay Witness Talks                      An Updated Ministry Directory
          Public Commitments


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                     Calendar
       Spring, 2010 Time and Talent Renewal
DATE            DAY           DESCRIPTION
4/4             Sunday        EASTER
April                         1.    Gather/Revise data on Parish Ministries.
                              2.    Assemble contents/revisions for Ministry Directory.
                              3.    Prepare camera-ready copy for your printer of Ministry Directory
                                    and Commitment Cards.
                              4.    Set up regular Stewardship Committee meetings for the
Mini-Retreats                       Renewal effort.
Dates:TBA!                    5.    Schedule Lay Witness Training session.
                              6.    Pastor sends letters of invitation to Lay Witnesses.
            ☺                 7.    Meet with heads of Ministries to finalize plans for Gifts
                                    Celebration Weekend.
                              8.    Parishes will be mailed material order forms to order Posters,
                                    Prayer Cards, and if necessary, “Thank You” Cards.
4/16            By Friday     1. Send copy to printer (Ministry Directory and Commitment Cards).
                              2. Follow-Up to Lay Witness letters.
                              3. Plan on who will conduct Lay Witness Training.
                              4. Decisions need to be made as to how and which of the options
                                 for parishioner materials (brochures, bulletin inserts, Commitment
                                 Forms, etc.) will be used.
                              5. Materials templates the parish should print/get printed for
                                 parishioners are available on CD ordered from our Office.
                              6. Make up your parishioner material printing schedule (consult with
                                 whomever is printing your materials for you).
4/19            Monday and    1. Conduct Lay Witness Training this week.
                Forward       2. Prepare Litany of Ministries (if used).
                              3. Begin to prepare Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements for the six
                                 weekends (four Renewal, one Preliminary, one Post Renewal).
                              4. Prepare cover letters for the two parish mailings.
                              5. Prepare special General Intercessions for six weekends
                                 (including Preliminary and Post Renewal Weekends).
                              6. Check status of Ministry Directory and Commitment Cards at
                                 your printer.
                              7. Work with music minister/liturgy committee to plan/select
                                 appropriate songs for the four weekends and the method of
                                 having parishioners return Commitment Cards (ritualize, if
                                 possible).
                              8. Design Gifts Celebration Flyer, if necessary.
5/3             Monday        1. Check that materials from the Stewardship Office have been
                                 received (if things go as planned, they should have been shipped
                                 prior to April 26).
                              2. Regularly check the weekly leadership faxes and web site from
                                 the Office for last minute updates and information.
                                   www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html

5/4             Tuesday       1. Place Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements and General
                                 Intercessions for Preliminary Weekend.
5/8 - 5/9       Preliminary   1. Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements and General Intercessions in
                Weekend          place.




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                Renewal Calendar (cont’d)
DATE          DAY           DESCRIPTION

5/10          Monday        1. Place Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements and General
                               Intercessions for Awareness Weekend.
                            2. Finalize who the presenters will be for all four weekends (Lay
                               Witnesses, clergy-preachers, etc.)
5/14          Friday        1. Stuff Bulletin Insert #1, if applicable.
                            2. Check parish stock of pens/pencils. Order more if necessary
                               (for May 29/30 and June 5/6).

5/15 - 5/16   Awareness     1. Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements in place.
              Weekend       2. Bulletin Insert #1 in place.
                            3. Recitation of Stewardship Prayer.
                            4. Homily based upon today’s Scripture with Stewardship
                               reference.
                            5. Lay Witness Talk (if desired).
                            6. Stewardship General Intercession.
                            7. Appropriate Liturgical Music.

5/17          Monday        1. Produce and mail the First Parish Mailing that includes:
                                   a. Letter from the Pastor and Stewardship Leader.
                                   b. Reference Gifts Celebration; Invitation to Gifts
                                       Celebration or Ministry Celebration.
                                   c. New Time and Talent Spiritual Brochure.
                            2. Place Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements for Gifts Celebration
                               Weekend.
                            3. Place General Intercession for Gift Celebration Weekend.
5/21          Friday        1. Stuff Bulletin Insert #2, if applicable.

5/22 - 5/23   Gifts         1.   Bulletin and Pulpit announcements in place.
              Celebration   2.   Bulletin Insert #2 in place.
              Weekend       3.   Recitation of Stewardship Prayer.
                            4.   Homily based upon today’s Scripture with Stewardship
              (Pentecost)        references.
                            5.   Lay Witness talk (a perfect time for it!).
                            6.   Stewardship General Intercession.
                            7.   Appropriate Liturgical Music.
                            8.   Gifts Celebration (such as Litany of Ministries, Ministry Fair, or
                                 other appropriate celebration of gifts).
5/24          Monday        1. Produce and mail the Second Parish Mailing that includes:
                                a. Letter from the Pastor and Stewardship Leader.
                                b. Ministry Brochure/Directory (if possible).
                                c. Time and Talent Commitment Card.
                            2. Place Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements for Commitment
                               Weekend.
                            3. Place General Intercession for Commitment Weekend.
                            4. Line-up people to straighten-out and re-supply pews after
                               each Mass next weekend.
5/28          Friday        1. Stuff Bulletin Insert #3, if applicable.




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                  Renewal Calendar (cont’d)
DATE            DAY                DESCRIPTION

5/29 - 5/30     Commitment     BEFORE each Mass, in the pews, place:
                Weekend        1. Pencils/pens.
                               2. A generous supply of Time and Talent Commitment Cards.
                (Memorial Day) 3. A generous supply of Ministry Directories.
                               4. Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements in place.
                               5. Bulletin Insert #3 in place.
                               6. Recitation of Stewardship Prayer.
                               7. Homily based upon today’s Scripture with Stewardship
                                   references.
                               8. Lay Witness talk (if desired).
                               9. Stewardship General Intercession.
                               10. Appropriate Liturgical Music.
                               11. Walk-though completion of Commitment Card.
                               12. Formal Presentation of Commitment Cards.
                               13. Straighten-out and re-supply the pews after each Mass.
6/1             Tuesday            1. Place Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements for Follow-Up
                                      Weekend.
                                   2. Place General Intercessions for Follow-Up Weekend.
                                   3. Arrange to have people available to straighten-out and re-
                                      supply the pews after each Mass for Follow-Up Weekend.

6/5 - 6/6       Follow-Up          BEFORE each Mass, in the pews, place:
                Weekend            1. Pencils/pens.
                                   2. A generous supply of Time and Talent Commitment Cards.
                (Corpus Christi)   3. A generous supply of Ministry Directories.
                                   4. Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements in place.
                                   5. Recitation of the Stewardship Prayer.
                                   6. Homily based upon today’s Scripture with Stewardship
                                       references.
                                   7. Stewardship General Intercession.
                                   8. Appropriate Liturgical Music.
                                   9. Brief walk-though completion of Commitment Card.
                                   10. Presentation of Commitment Cards.
                                   11. Straighten-out and re-supply the pews after each Mass.
6/7             Monday and         1. Place Bulletin and Pulpit announcements and General
                forward               Intercessions for Post Renewal Weekend.
                                   2. Enter data in computer.
                                   3. Print personalized Thank You letters or send Thank You cards
                                      personalized by Pastor.
                                   4. Prepare a statistical report on your Time and Talent data.
                                   5. Follow-up EVERY Commitment Card. This is absolutely
                                      essential!
                                   6. Have appropriate staff/ministry leaders conduct orientation/
                                      training sessions for new ministers.
6/12 - 6/13     Post Renewal       1. Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements and General Intercessions
                Weekend               in place.
                                   2. Produce and mail the Follow-Up mailing to those who have not
                                      completed a Commitment Form.
6/30            And Quarterly      1. Continue with “quarterly report” to parishioners. These reports
(End of June)                         are recommended for all during the year and comprise a part
                                      of the accountability aspect of stewardship. For more
                                      information, contact us at 516-379-4055 x3.



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    Calendar of Future Stewardship Renewals
(These are the dates we have scheduled for upcoming renewals. There is a possibility that there
may be changes due to unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be publicized well in
advance in our newsletter and bi-weekly fax.)




FALL, 2010 (Financial Renewal):

        (TBA):                       Fall Stewardship Day
        Sat./Sun., Oct. 23/24:       Stewardship Awareness Weekend
        Mon., Oct. 25:               First Parish Mailing
        Sat./Sun., Oct. 30/31:       Accountability Weekend
        Mon., Nov. 1:                Second Parish Mailing
        Sat./Sun., Nov. 6/7:         Commitment Weekend
        Sat./Sun., Nov. 13/14:       Follow-Up Weekend



SPRING, 2011 (Time and Talent Renewal):

        Spring (TBA):                Stewardship “Mini-Retreats”
        Sat./Sun., June 4/5:         Stewardship Awareness Weekend
        Monday, June 6:              First Parish Mailing
        Sat./Sun., June 11/12:       Gifts Celebration Weekend (Pentecost)
        Mon., June 13:               Second Parish Mailing
        Sat./Sun., June 18/19:       Commitment Weekend (Father’s Day Weekend)
        Sat./Sun., June 25/26        Follow-Up Weekend (Corpus Christi)




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Time and Talent Gifts Celebrations!
   Both of the Stewardship Renewal processes (Financial and
Time and Talent) contain four very deliberate and essential         When planning* a Gifts Celebration, keep these
weekends. These weekends include additional components
which are all geared toward creating a process/journey for your
                                                                    guidelines in mind.
parishioners. A journey, if you will, to create a favorable space   A Gifts Celebration should:
for God’s grace to be embraced and conversion to the action of
the Spirit to happen.                                               •    Show gratitude to God for the many gifts we have
   At this time, we prepare to enter into our process for Time           been given.
and Talent Renewal. An integral part of this process is             •    Help parishioners know how God’s gifts are being
weekend number two - Gifts Celebration Weekend.                          shared in the parish community.
   Based on parish requests and liturgical connections, each
                                                                    •    Make connections between giftedness and the
year this celebration is recommended to take place on the feast
of Pentecost. Depending on specific happenings, parishes may             Sunday Liturgy.
choose to modify this schedule, however it is important to          •    Publicly thank people for all the ways they share
maintain the integrity of the process. Regardless of when and            their gifts with others.
how, it is key to renewal that we celebrate in thanksgiving the     •    Inspire others to recognize, use and share their
goodness and generosity of our loving God!
                                                                         gifts with the parish community and elsewhere.
                Ways to Celebrate!                                  •    Be a part of the Annual Renewal Process for Time
                                                                         and Talent.
Litany of Ministries         Ministry Fair
Processional Banners         A Take-Home Remembrance                A Gifts Celebration should NOT:
Video or Slide Shows         Special Hospitality                    •    Be exclusive.
Picture Displays             Parish Picnic/Dance/Event              •    Be used as a means for recruitment.
Special Blessing             Parishioner Created Displays           •    Replace annual commitments.
                                                                    •    Be unplanned!
                                                                    •    Be limited to a Time and Talent Fair.




                                       *Some Resources to Help You Plan!
      It’s never too late to celebrate God’s generosity!                      with you over the phone or even join your next
   Even if this is the first time you have thought about your                 stewardship committee meeting to brainstorm
   celebration for this Pentecost 2010, (please say it’s not!)                and share some of the experiences of the
   we have planning tools to help you have a wonderful                        parishes in our diocese and elsewhere!
   celebration!                                                                               516-379-4055 x3
      Visit www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html and click on
   Time and Talent Resources. You will find many helpful                                     And remember...
   planning sheets, handouts and materials including:

           A Customizable Litany of Ministries!
           A Time and Talent PowerPoint!
           A Starter Template for a Ministry Directory!
           And more…
       Or give us a call. We would be delighted to chat

Volume 8, Issue 1    February, 2008                                                                                 Page 7
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                 Spring, 2010
      Time and Talent Renewal Workshops
   In preparation for this Spring’s Renewal, we are offering three practical
             workshops geared specifically for Time and Talent!
1. Time and Talent Renewal Process                                     (Georgena McCandless)

    This workshop will guide participants through the nuts and bolts of the programmatic
    elements of time and talent renewal using the model provided by the Diocese. An
    overview of the four weekend process that includes parish mailings, bulletin and pulpit
    announcements, ministry directories, and commitments. A perfect workshop covering
    the basics for “new” (and “not-so-new”) stewardship parishes.

2. Let’s Plan a Gifts Celebration!                                           (Laurie Whitfield)

    A collection of planning ideas for your gifts/ministry celebration from parishes around the
    Diocese. In addition to receiving practical planning tools, you’ll walk away with good
    ideas for themes, environmental supports, marketing strategies, and generating overall
    excitement about your celebration.

3. Customizing Stewardship Support Materials                                  (Laurie Whitfield)

    Many of the new parishioner materials for this Spring’s Time and Talent renewal are
    customizable from the text to the layout to the pictures! Find out some quick and easy
    ways using MS Publisher to customize your materials to best reflect the spirit of your
    parish.

             If you are new to Time and Talent Renewal
             or if you just need to review, come join us!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010           Office of Parish Stewardship, Roosevelt           2nd Floor
                                  9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
If the above date is inconvenient, please call our office to arrange for an onsite workshop
at your parish.

                                Register online at:
             www.stewardshipli.org -or– give us a call! (516) 379-4055 x3
                               (We will also travel to your parish!)




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            RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
     Follow this link to find all the following resources (and more!) for your
              Spring, 2010 Time and Talent Stewardship Renewal:
                         www.stewardshipli.org/lead.html
Time and Talent Renewal
  ∗ Time and Talent Renewal Power Point Show focusing
     specifically on Gifts Celebrations
Lay Witness Talks
  ∗ “So, You’ve Been Asked to Present a Lay Witness Talk at
     the Parish…” (What Do I Have to Do?)
  ∗ Four Steps to a Witness Talk
  ∗ A Parish Model for Lay Witness Talks for Annual
     Stewardship Renewals
  ∗ Samples of Time and Talent Witness Talks from Our
     Parishes
Gifts Celebrations
  ∗ A Parish Gifts Celebration (Info Sheet)
  ∗ Ministry Fairs (Info Sheet)
  ∗ Sample of Litany of Ministries
Other Helpful Leadership Planning Tools
  ∗ Ministry Position Description Form
  ∗ Guidelines for Developing Ministry Descriptions
  ∗ Sample Completed Description Form
  ∗ Effective Tools for Time and Talent Renewal Workbook
     containing details and samples about Position
     Descriptions, Ministry Directory Entries and Commitment
     Forms
  ∗ Customizing this Spring’s Materials using MS Publisher
     booklet containing quick and helpful tips on how to
     customize materials to reflect your own parish identity
  ∗ Time and Talent Renewal Pointers
  ∗ Things to Consider when Printing Your Own Materials
  ∗ Time and Talent Planning Sheet
  ∗ Time and Talent Statistics Report
  ∗ The Language of Stewardship
  ∗ Leadership Responsibility Worksheet
  ∗ Tasks Sheet for All Year Long Stewardship Implementation
  ∗ Other Stewardship Planning Sheets (Goals, Objectives,
     Tasks, Persons Responsible)                                      Stewardship
                                                                       A Way of Life




All of these resources are also available in print from our Office.
Please give us a call at 516-379-4055 x3.
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