‘God will not give you more than you can handle.’

‘God will not give you more than you can handle.’

 

“Many people in an attempt to be kind will say to someone suffering, ‘God will not give you more than you can handle.’  This is a nice thought, it might seem comforting . . . but it is, unfortunately, not true.”
Fr. Tyler Dennis
Fr. Zane Pekron’s Mass of Thanksgiving

The great error in this line of thinking, Fr. Tyler noted, is that it presumes that we are supposed to “handle” all of the challenges and sufferings of life on our own, with our own set of skills and talents and by virtue of our own willpower.  Not only are we not capable of doing this, the Lord is not asking us to do so.  Rather, He invites us to receive His love and His grace and allow Him to work in and through us.  He desires to help us carry our crosses.

This openness to receiving from the Lord is at the center of stewardship.  As the Bishop’s document on stewardship states, “Stewards receive God’s gifts gratefully . . .”  As the experience of the Diocese of Wichita confirms, fostering stewardship also fosters vocations. (see “The Fruits of Stewardship – WOW!”) By cultivating and encouraging an openness to receive from the Lord generally, we assist young people in developing the capacity to receive the gift of a priestly vocation, specifically.

Stewardship can also help all of us, as Fr. Tyler also noted, to listen to our Lady at the Wedding Feast of Cana who instructed the servants (and us) to “do whatever He tells you.”  We can only do what He tells us to do if we are first listening to Him with a willingness to receive His words and His instruction.  This openness to receive, which is such an important part of stewardship is also foundational to discipleship.

The Office of Stewardship would like to extend our congratulations to Fr. Zane on his ordination to the priesthood.  It is with deep gratitude that we celebrate the gift of his vocation and his willingness to accept the invitation of the Lord to lay down his life for God’s people in Western South Dakota.  Know of our continued prayers and support for him as he “takes on more than he can handle on his own.”  We are deeply grateful as well for Fr. Tyler’s wisdom and in fact, for all of our priests.  For the many ways you tirelessly strive to lead us to Christ, Thank you!

 

 

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A Unique Stewardship for a Unique Place

A Unique Stewardship for a Unique Place

 For many years, stewardship in the Catholic Church was often distilled into three words: time, talent and treasure. It was a catchy alliteration and it had value. It very concisely categorized the many good gifts given to us by God. It allowed us to look at three distinct areas of our lives and ask, “When I look at how I spend my money, my time and what I do with my talent, what does it say about what I believe? What does it say about what I value most?”

But these three words don’t give us too much help when we are striving to be parishes that are vibrant, growing and inspirational and are truly places where people come to know Jesus in a deeply personal way and are formed into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. I believe Bishop Gruss’ deepest desire is for the people of South Dakota to encounter the Lord and this is at the heart of why he has given us a vision of Stewardship that is uniquely our own.

In the Diocese of Rapid City, stewardship is defined as Living a Catholic Way of Life through Generous Hospitality, Lively Faith and Dedicated Discipleship.

We live Generous Hospitality through:

  • Welcome: welcoming both visitors and parishioners as if they were Christ
  • Invitation: developing a spirituality of invitation where one begins to practice regularly and consistently inviting others into closer union with Jesus and to journey with you in life and in faith.
  • Fellowship: valuing time spent with Jesus and others above other interests and providing space and opportunity for people to develop friendships and foster a sense of belonging.

We live Lively Faith through:

  • Prayer: being communities of prayer and being people of prayer. Prayer is our first and most important priority both as individuals, as families and as parishes.
  • Study: Being life-long learners. We commit to participating in ongoing study of scripture, the teachings of the church and the lives of the saints.
  • Formation: Being people of virtue. We strive for excellence in all areas of life. We commit to helping each other grow in holiness and in wholeness through human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual formation.

We live Dedicated Discipleship through:

  • Intentional Love of God: Loving God above all things, to serve Him unreservedly and to desire to do His will in all things.
  • Intentional Love of Neighbor: Loving others as we love ourselves. To lay down our lives for others in imitation of Jesus. To see Christ in others and to love them as He loves.

In all times and in all places Jesus is inviting us into His life and love. He is inviting us to be holy. He is inviting us to participate in His mission to bring salvation to all humankind. In this time and in this place, he is inviting us to do so through these lenses.

 

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Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3541

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2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 716-5214

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2101 City Springs Rd, Ste 300
Rapid City , SD 57702
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Stewardship, why bother?

Stewardship, why bother?

Do you ever take the time to think about the people you admire the most? I don’t mean the people you just read about or watch on t.v. I mean the real people you interact with in your daily life. Of these folks, who are the ones you admire most? And why?

As I ponder this, I would say my heroes:

  • Seem to have an uncanny ability to ride the ups and downs of life with grace. They have an amazing capacity to see the best in difficult situations, to remain faithful, peaceful and dependable even in the midst of challenges.
  • are joyful. My heroes make me laugh. They bring joy with them into the room. They don’t take themselves or others too seriously. They see the upside in a situation. They see the best in others.
  • seem to have things together. Circumstances in life don’t seem to overwhelm them. Their lives are ordered and this gives them the freedom to be generous towards others; available to help and be present in their lives.
  • challenge me to be better. My heroes are humble and open to learning. They are growing themselves and inspire me to do the same.
  • are generous with me and with others. My heroes share their time, their talents and their treasures. Most importantly, they share their hearts and lives with others. They enter into a situation with their hands open (figuratively), ready to give and receive from others.
  • are deeply rooted. My heroes know who they are. They have the freedom to be available to others because they are not concerned with themselves or their own needs. They know their Why (Knowing Your Why)
  • live their lives for something bigger than themselves. They are men and women of deep faith who root their identity, their lives and their choices in Christ.
Do your heroes look like mine? Would you like to grow to be more like them? Embracing the spirituality of stewardship can help!

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CHANCERY OFFICE

606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3541

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2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
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Practical Ways to Live out Stewardship

Practical Ways to Live out Stewardship

A Christian Steward commits to developing certain attitudes and has a particular way of looking at the world. For instance, a steward recognizes that God is the owner of all things, they practice gratitude and generosity. The are growing in trust in God and committed to deepening their relationship with him. But what are some practical things stewards do as a consequence of their beliefs? Here are just a few:

  • Stewards own things. Things don’t own them. They take care of the wealth God has entrusted them with and put them at God’s disposal. They are detached enough to receive and give freely. They do not hoard. They do not put their security in the accumulation of wealth, but trust in God. They have clarity about what are needs and what are wants. They are thoughtful and intentional in managing their gifts. They give to God and others, not just what is “left over”, but measure their own needs and the needs of others together.
  • Stewards aren’t swept away in a current of “busyness”. They are the owners of their time and make intentional choices about how to spend their time.
  • Stewards make intentional choices to “keep the main thing the main thing.” And for stewards the main things are people and relationships; giving time and resources to God, family and other people God has put into their lives.
  • Stewards are people of prayer; regular, planned and consistent time given to God.
  • Stewards are people of generous hospitality, welcoming and inviting, giving generously of themselves to others.
  • Stewards know that their natural talents and gifts have been given to them, not just for themselves, but to be used for the benefit of others. They are generous in sharing these gifts. They also desire to know and use the supernatural charisms given to them by the Holy Spirit to help build His kingdom.

 

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Rapid City, SD 57702
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2101 City Springs Rd, Ste 300
Rapid City , SD 57702
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Knowing Your Why

Knowing Your Why

 

As this video so beautifully illustrates, knowing what you do isn’t enough. Knowing why you do what you do can free us to be truly inspirational! The Stewardship initiative in the Diocese of Rapid City is all about helping parishes and individuals know their why. We want to assist parishes in becoming more inspirational places where people encounter Christ and learn to live as His disciples! And for the individual? Let our resources teach you some concrete tools that will help you discover those root values that determine your daily choices.

Here are just a few ways we can help:

  • By offering step-by-step assistance for parishes who desire to develop a clear vision and concrete steps to achieve that vision.
  • Resources that can help parishes create the systems and structures that move parishes from maintenance to mission
  • Inspiration and education for individuals that can assist them in embracing a Catholic Way of Life which frees them to be generous in service to the church and community
  • A step-by-step vision for developing robust ministry in all aspects of the parish
Together, let’s find the why for your parish and allow it to inspire pastors and people alike to more joyfully and boldly proclaim and live the mission of Jesus!

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CHANCERY OFFICE

606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3541

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2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 716-5214

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2101 City Springs Rd, Ste 300
Rapid City , SD 57702
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The Fruits of Stewardship – WOW!

The Fruits of Stewardship – WOW!

If you are new to stewardship, you might never have heard some of the success of promoting stewardship as a Way of Life in the Diocese of Wichita. In 2017 and 2018, the Office of Stewardship hosted Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart of Casting Nets Ministries. Chris and Tony speak nationwide about stewardship, discipleship and evangelization. They live in the Diocese of Wichita and know first hand the fruits of stewardship: 


How do we compare?

Even when you take into consideration that Rapid City is a much smaller diocese than Wichita, one can still see the fruits of stewardship. They are 4 1/2 times our size, but their ordinations are 10 times ours, their number of seminarians almost 8 times. The number of Catholic school students is 12 times our numbers.

Wichita Rapid City
Number of Catholics 112,549 24,240
Number of active Diocesan Priests 81 25
Number of Seminarians 53 7
Number of priestly ordinations this year 10 1
Catholic elementary and high school students 9600 793
Percentage of parishes with perpetual adoration 42% 4%
Percentage of parishes with some adoration time 62% 35%

I have been present multiple times when Tony shares these fruits. It seems to me that jaws drop most when he talks about free tuition for Catholic schools. These are just some of the things that can happen in a Diocese that practices Stewardship. Wichita also can boast of a robust care for the elderly and the poor. But as Archbishop Murphy, one of the writers of the USCCB’s letter on Stewardship, often said, “stewardship is not a quick fix. It is not a program. It is a way of life.”

The Diocese of Wichita has been working hard to encourage this way of life for 50 years. The fruits don’t come quickly or easily. But they are possible. Wichita’s example can inspire us to embrace Stewardship.

 

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CHANCERY OFFICE

606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3541

CHANCERY ANNEX AT TERRA SANCTA

2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 716-5214

TERRA SANCTA RETREAT CENTER

2101 City Springs Rd, Ste 300
Rapid City , SD 57702
(605) 716-0925
stay@terrasancta.org

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VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR

Barbara Scherr
(605) 209-3418