Last year, the Catholic Community Foundation created a program for Hispanic communities called “Forming Generous Disciples”. At its heart, the program was designed to engage our Hispanic communities in learning more about stewardship and taking the next step of putting the ideas into practice. This 5 week program walked parishes through a process that included surveying its parishioners, providing an understanding regarding our own responsibility in the handling of the gifts of God as well as encouraging gifts of time, talent and treasure.
The pilot phase was launched late last year in four parishes and the results were astonishing. Not only did parishes experience a significant increase in gifts and volunteerism, they also realized greater stability in Mass attendance and substantial increases in their Sunday offertories.
We are organizing our second training for those parishes that want to participate in the implementation of this program during Fall 2018. For more information, contact Gabriela Gonzalez, Director of Parish Development Services at 757-754-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.