Catholic Foundation has created a new GIFT Stewards Programme to help Catholics develop their God-given gifts of time, talent and treasures, promote Christian stewardship, and ultimately foster greater generosity in our Church.

 

 

What is Stewardship?

In the Christian context, it is defined as, “in biblical usage, the management of whatever a person is entrusted with, not only to preserve but profitably administer for his master, ultimately for God”. Ultimately, Christian stewardship teaches that “a human being is not owner but only custodian of God’s gifts in this world, to use them and produce with them the fruits of eternal life.” Source: Catholic Culture

Learn more about stewardship in this article written for the Foundation by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, an author and a host of several EWTN television series.


 

 


Why a “GIFT Stewards Programme”?

We give to the Church because of our faith and because we love the Church. It is not because we have to, but because we know it is the right thing to do as members of the Church (5th precept).

In faith, we recognise that everything we have is not our own – everything is given by God and belongs to Him. Therefore, we need to be accountable for how we use our God-given gifts.

However, the development of such faith based giving requires an understanding of the church’s teachings in the area of stewardship and a shared value system of such giving amongst Catholics.

Through this programme, we hope to build up a community of GIFT Stewards who, as His good and faithful servants (ref. Mt 25:23), offer up their God endowed gifts of time, talents and treasures and multiply what He has blessed us with for the purpose of returning them to God.

The programme is available to regular GIFT contributors and will guide Catholics to learn about more opportunities to give their God-given blessings back to our Church.

The GIFT Stewards Programme seeks to do this through 3 tracks:

 




Click on the logos to learn more about each track.

 

 

 



The GIFT Stewards Growth Programme

Upcoming events:

Talks

1. “(Re)claiming Our Gift of Faith” Lunchtime Series

Following the conclusion of Catholic Foundation’s inaugural Young Stewards Conference on 14 August 2021, participants were keen to hear more on the following topics:
• Personal Vocation & Mission in Action
• Creativity, Communion & Collaboration
• Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Speakers will be invited to share more about their story, particularly on how God called them, their subsequent response, and their journey to date.

Dates: 24 Sep 2021, 29 Oct 2021, 26 Nov 2021
Duration: 30 min
Registration: TBA. No fee required.


The following talks will be held as part of the Catholic200SG Festival, 4-11 December 2021. Details on the dates, venues and registration will be provided soon.


2. Marriage and Money Matters

Money is a frequent cause of marital disputes and breakups. This session will discuss money management in a Christian marriage based on biblical principles and the social teachings of the Church.


3. Youth and Spiritual Cents and Sense

Good money management is best cultivated from young. This session will discuss how youths can increase their financial quotient in a spiritual way.


4. Work and Money

Do we work for money or something else? This session will discuss the spirituality of work, ethics in the corporate world and the role that money should play in the workplace.


5. Becoming Debt Free

Assuming debt is one of the biggest given burdens of modern society, this session will cover what the Bible teaches about debt and provide practical guidelines on how you can better deal with them.


6. Investing for Retirement, God’s Way

There are many ways to grow your money: saving and investing in a range of financial instruments. This session will discuss both secular and spiritual principles of saving and investing.


7. Preview: God, Money and Me

Catholic Foundation will be piloting a personal financial management course for the Catholics that integrates the practicalities of money management with Catholic principles and ethos. This is a preview session.

Past Events:


“Re(claiming) Our Gift of Faith”, Young Stewards Conference, 14 August 2021

Catholic Foundation’s vision for each Young Adult Catholic is for them to Reclaim their Gift of Faith. This is a spiritual process that begins with Christ inspiring a conversion of our in most hearts, to allow us to realise our identity as children of God, and that it is only in Him that our hearts find their true home. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Our call as the Catholic Foundation Young Adults is to encourage this “Re-Gifting” of ourselves to God: to build a spirit of seeing and understanding faith as a gratuitous gift, and to see the giving of our time, talent or treasures as returning “grace upon grace” (John 1:16).

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The GIFT Stewards Advocacy Programme

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The GIFT Stewards Journey Programme

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