“Sound business practice is a fundamental of good stewardship, and stewardship as it relates to church finances and administration must include the most stringent ethical, legal, and fiscal standards. That requires several things: pastors and parish staff must be open, consultative, collegial, and accountable in the conduct of affairs. And parishioners must accept responsibility for their parishes and contribute generously—both money and personal service—to their programs and projects. The success or failure of parish programs, the vitality of parish life or its absence, the ability or inability of a parish to render needed services to its members and the community depend upon all.”Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, p. 32.
This ministry is supported by the Annual Pastoral Appeal.