Stewardship Council

Heads: Gregory Kundla gkundla@verizon.net, and Karen Kundla, flying.girl@verizon.net, both at (973) 285-7512,

Charter/Mission:
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

From the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

The St. Raphael Stewardship Council works to help our parish family to recognize the gifts God has given each of us. God expects us to grow what he has given us and return those gifts with gratitude. The Council works to help each individual to identify ways in which they can be used both within the parish and reaching out beyond the parish, as an act of gratitude. The Council focuses on the existing Ministries whose charters are to use God’s gifts, as well as creating opportunities throughout the year to join in on events that focus on specific needs of the church and the community.

Skills and Interests of Members:
• Ability to work with existing teams to identify their needs,
• Ability to present information to the parish family, verbal and in writing,
• Ability to generate ideas for new teams
• Willingness to attend periodic, local Stewardship Conferences, representing St. Raphael Parish

Meeting Times / Assignment Frequency:
• Monthly meetings either with the Stewardship Council or the Parish Joint Councils.
• Periodic (about once a year) Stewardship Conferences

What does our Council need today?  People who want to identify their own gifts and the gifts of others and determine how / help to put them into action.