Archbishop's Letter on
Stewardship Awareness Sunday
Dear Reverend Father and Parishioners:
Next Sunday the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be observing Stewardship Awareness Sunday. To celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church at Pentecost, we do well to consider all the good things we have received from the Lord and to give prayerful thanks for them.
Providing hospitality to strangers is a hallmark of Christian stewardship. To mark the Year of Faith declared by the Holy Father to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in the fall of this year, our Archdiocese will embark on a special initiative to welcome home to the Church those who have become inactive. Everyone is being called to take a part in this undertaking. How we treat the people who come to worship with us is a sign of our love for God. By demonstrating hospitality – our actions and reactions to those in our midst – we communicate who we are as the Body of Christ. A warm welcome is evangelization without words.
On Pentecost Sunday, I ask you to consider the specific ways you can participate in your parish community by sharing with it the gifts you have received from the Holy Spirit. Being an active Catholic requires the giving of time, talent and treasure to fulfill the mission you have of living and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Let us implore the Holy Spirit for guidance as we roll out the red carpet of genuine Christian hospitality to our sisters and brothers whom we are inviting to come back home to the Catholic Church.
With cordial best wishes and the assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver