Our hope is for Catholics to embrace the concept of stewardship fully and understand that stewardship is a way of life, a way to give back what God has blessed us with. This giving back isn't limited to the parish or the diocese. It encompasses much more.
A rich description is found in the 1993 Pastoral letter from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled: "Stewardship: A Disciple's Response".
The bishops call us to:
Receive God's gifts gratefully;
Cultivate them responsibly;
Share them lovingly with others; and
Return them with increase to God.
Stewardship includes the concept of using wisely and justly our human and financial resources. It is frequently expressed as a call to give our time, talent and financial resources to God, especially through the Church.