FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

When we tithe joyfully (with gratitude for all we have), we acknowledge that we will always have everything we need, then our tithe brings back a multiplied returns. The rule of thumb is a 10 fold return. It is important to not ‘expect’ a return – in other words don’t sit there and wonder where your return is. You simply tithe and know that sometime, somewhere…your tithe will be returned back to you.

Tithing from a place of ‘knowing’ that all your needs will be met, releases you from the place of ‘expecting’ or ‘needing’ a return. If you have unlimited resources, would you spend your time looking for a return? Probably not. If you can tithe from a place of feeling like you had unlimited resources, and are grateful that you can share – your tithe will be returned to you.

Here’s one’s testimonial on how they took steps towards easier tithing:

START SMALL

If tithing is new to you, it may take some time to get used to simply giving money back to where you are spiritually fed. This is not the case for everyone, but it has been a huge step for me. I was completely new (and initially suspicious) to the concept of tithing. Giving money away, when I could barely make ends meet, did not make sense to me.

At first. I needed to gently release money. I had to learn to let go. Yes, I had to learn to give. I started by giving whatever I ‘felt’ I could give, back to my spiritual center. I understood, at the time, that in order to keep the center going, we all needed to pitch in and help pay the bills. It cost money to rent the hall. Our spiritual director was giving of her time and energy.

She deserved to receive an income. These were reasons I gave myself for tithing, in the beginning.  It was hard to give when I believed I did not have enough. So called ‘logic’ and conditioning said I was insane to do such a thing. After awhile, instead of just giving whatever I ‘felt’, I chose to be more conscious of where I spend my money. To start small, I chose to consciously give 1% of my gross income, then 3%. Sometimes, depending upon the amount I receive that week, I am able to give 10%.

This will be concluded next week.

 

 

Hospital Ministry

Join Hospital Ministry!

Hospital Ministry is a wonderful ministry here at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish! We bring Holy Communion, prayer, and church bulletins to the Catholics in Tri-City Hospital. I hope that you can be a part of this God-filled ministry! We serve the poor, the sick, and the needy right in our own neighborhood. Is God calling you to this ministry?

If you are interested in being involved with this ministry please contact Racquel at 760-331-4892!

Halloween Candy!

With Halloween & Dia de Los Muertos fast approaching, why not give out candy with a Catholic message?  For a tax deductible donation, you can attain a box of 50 Tootsie Rolls wrapped with special Knights of Columbus labeling inside and out!  Give the gift of Catholic Fraternity!

Contact Paul at 760-586-7702 if interested!

All funds go to the Intellectually Disabled!

May God bless you!

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Tithing is the spiritual practice of graciously giving 10% to where we are spiritually fed. Its purpose is to create an awareness of Spirit as our One Source, and demonstrates our understanding of abundance. If this is a new concept to you or if you are struggling financially at the moment, this may trigger a lot of trepidation. Rather than face those fears and deal with them, it is common to just reject the idea of tithing as ‘stupid’ or ‘unreasonable’.

Be aware if these thoughts occur to you. Many successful, spiritually-grounded people use this practice as a way to continue the flow of abundance in their lives. While it is true, there are people who are financially successful who do not tithe – time and again, tithing creates a flow and sense of security in our lives that cannot be ignored.

Here are some ideas to help ease you into the spiritual practice of tithing.

When you operate out of abundance, you are recognizing that the universe is unlimited in its supply of anything, and everything you want (or desire) is ready and willing to be provided to you.

There is no lack in our world. The only place that lack or poverty exists in, is in your mind. The Universe lacks nothing. Everything is available in a never-ending, inexhaustible supply. This includes money and riches.

One of the most powerful ways to show the Universe that you are abundant, is by tithing. Tithing allows the energy of money to continuing flowing, and it helps release resistance around the feeling of ‘not having enough’ money. You can’t be a ‘taker’, if you are a giver. Our Universe is designed around the concept of contribution and giving.

As you GIVE so shall you RECEIVE. You must become a giver. Most of the richest and ultra-successful people (throughout all time) have been big givers. It’s the whole idea of sowing and reaping. And in many cases, it’s not just a matter of tithing, but also a matter of relaying knowledge – namely, financial knowledge. Searching online for wesite information oriented around church charity, debt and credit   matters – like negotiating with debt collectors—can show you how to minimize your debt and maximize your wealth. Go online to learn more.

Ultimately, giving is the cornerstone of any good plan for success and wealth. Just as with giving, many of the richest most successful people throughout time have understood the power of tithing

Many are of the personally belief that tithing is the single greatest secret to success & personal fortune, one will ever uncover!

A tithe is simply the first 10% of all your income, given to the source of your spiritual support or instruction. Tithing is not a charity and it’s not about giving to a good cause – that’s giving. Tithing should go to the source of your spiritual support. This is a very important distinction to make. Your tithe belongs to the true source of all abundance – the Universe. Where ever you receive spiritual enlightenment is where you should tithe.

Many people were taught that we must tithe to our church, and that we must tithe 10% of our income. However, many disagree with that. Not everyone who goes to church receives spiritual enlightenment from the church, and not everyone goes to church. Many also do not agree with the 10% rule – unless you can afford it. Tithing any amount shows the Universe that you are abundant, and will It will respond by giving you more abundance. ..10% or more, can be applied at a later date.

 

 

LIVING AS DISCIPLES AND STEWARDS WHO EVANGELIZE

This stewardship reflection is by Leisa Anslinger, an author and co-founder of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC).   Leisa wrote this for Stewardship leaders, but I think it is helpful to all of us.

I have been greatly influenced by the wisdom of Bishop Sylvester Ryan, bishop emeritus of Monterey, California, who often reminds us that stewardship and evangelization are two sides of the same coin. That coin is discipleship. Forming people who are aware of their call to grow as disciples is a dynamic and life-giving process. It can also be challenging, as is the call itself. Jesus’ way is one that places demands upon us, and yet, as the United States bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship notes, it is also a way of joy and a life filled with meaning.   Let us briefly explore these three interrelated calls.

Stewardship: We are Christian stewards because we are followers of Jesus Christ.  As the bishops’ pastoral indicates clearly, “Stewardship is an expression of discipleship with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.” Through our lives as stewards, we embrace Christ’s self-giving, sacrificial way of life.

Discipleship: While we are drawn into Christ’s Body through the waters of baptism, many of us grow into a living relationship with Christ over many years. Once that relationship has been ignited, or re-ignited, people’s lives are shaped by their faith and desire to grow in love of God and all that we believe as Christians.   This process of ongoing conversion takes place within the community of faith. As leaders, we have the opportunity to create an environment in which those who are already on the journey of discipleship recognize their call to reach out to others, building bridges to living faith.

Evangelization: When we are in love, we cannot help but share that love with others. That is the essence of evangelization. We share the love of God as good stewards of our faith, and our sharing has the potential to draw others into a new or deeper relationship with God in Jesus Christ, as disciples and stewards. Keeping this interrelationship in mind as we develop stewardship processes and initiatives helps us lead the people we serve to a joy-filled, meaningful way of life.

 

 

 

DON’T MISS THE MASS AT THE BEACH

 

Our much-anticipated Mass at the Beach will take place next Sunday, October 16 at the Junior Seau Beach Amphitheatre (Band Shell) on The Strand at the foot of the pier.

The venue will open at 9:30 a.m.  There will be seating on the floor of the amphitheater for 1,000 people and the bleachers will be available for anyone who wishes to sit there.

A concert with Santiago Fernandez will start at 10;30 a.m. and last approximately one hour.  Please see the back page of this bulletin for more information about Santiago.

Our Bilingual Mass will begin at 12:00 noon.  We will have a liturgy aid available rather than a missal and hymnal.

We are providing a nice selection of food trucks (no-host) if you wish to stay at the beach for lunch.  We specifically have chosen a variety of menus that are family friendly and affordable.

You are also most welcome to bring a picnic basket with you as well if that better suits your  needs.

If you are unable to attend our Mass at the Beach, there will be an abbreviated schedule of Masses at the church next weekend.

Saturday in English at 5 p.m. and in Spanish at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday in English at 7:30 & 9:00 a.m.   (There will be no 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Masses at the church on October 16.)

As you know, especially with our downtown development, parking can be a bit challenging.

For transportation, you are encouraged to “think outside the box”.  Why not ride in on the Sprinter (along Oceanside Blvd.) or the Coaster (along the coast).  The ride is very affordable and would add another bit of adventure to the day.

We will have a shuttle available from our Parish Center parking lot that will allow transportation for those who are not able to walk the six blocks to the beach.  Please call the office this week to put your name on a list so we can plan for the number of people who will use the service. 

 We will have parish tee-shirts available for sale ($8/each or $15 for two).

The 2016 Honda FIT will be available for you to see.  You can buy a few more raffle tickets or turn in the ones you have.  The drawing will take place after Mass.