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Local Church official shares in world vision of stewardship
NCSC National Director Matthew R. Paratore said that the vision of stewardship in today's world is an important expression of discipleship in Christ.
During the five-day gathering, simultaneous translations in six languages were to be available and discussion groups were designated by language.Seminar attendees were to celebrate Mass together each day, including a liturgy in Spanish and the Eastern C hurch's Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
On Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast of the NCSC
, a special liturgy was planned at the Church of Santa Susanna
by Cardinal Pio Laghi, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican in Rome.
David Scott Writings â€“ Where are Catholics when the collection basket gets passed?
The growing stinginess of Catholics has cost the Church about $65 billion over the last two decades, according to Matthew Paratore, director of the National Catholic Stewardship Council, an association of diocese development directors.
and other Church authorities, the anatomy of failing Church fortunes is documented definitively Father Andrew Greeley's "Catholic Contributions: Sociology and Policy," a 1987 study of Protestant and Catholic giving patterns for the last quarter century.
Some of his
most memorable statements-"You cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24); "For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be" (Matthew 6:21); and "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more" (Luke 12:48)-were about people giving their money and gifts for the good of God's Kingdom.
"parable of the talents" (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus makes salvation hinge on how well the believer uses the gifts that God has given to him of her
25, Christ says that we will be judged by what we do for others," McGread tells the people in the pews.
International Catholic Stewardship Council
Matthew R. Paratore
Yearlong Stewardship Education | Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation
Matthew R. Paratore, Former Secretary General of the International Catholic Stewardship Council, has written a series of reflections on stewardship.
They can be found on the ICSC website.
The Catholic Spirit - October 23, 2008
Some, like Matthew R. Paratore, seek a vocation to the priesthood after nearly a lifetime of service to the Church as a lay member.
Before serving as an acolyte at a Mass for pilgrims at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Oct. 18, Paratore said he has served the Church at the diocesan, national and international level for more than 35 years.
That familiarity helped influence his
decision to become a priest.
"The apple didn't fall far from the tree," Paratore
said with a smile.
, who is in his
fourth year at Pontifical Theological College at The Catholic University of America
, also Washington, is scheduled to be ordained to the diaconate at St. Philip and St. James Church
, Phillipsburg, Dec. 7.
On May 23, Paratore
and fellow seminarians Keith M. Cervine and Edmund A. Luciano III will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis Assisi Cathedral
, Metuchen, May 23.
appreciates the "affirmation" provided by the pilgrims praying for vocations at the shrine, which sits next to Catholic University
"Priests and bishops and the Holy Father need this constant affirmation to continue to move.
Without it you can kind of get dragged down," he
said what he
is looking forward to most as a priest is "bringing together all the gifts God has given me and offering them to the service of his
church in the name of his
Prior to re-entering the seminary, Paratore served as secretary general of the International Catholic Stewardship Council, which Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski currently guides as episcopal moderator, from 1987 to 2006.
Paratore has also served as director of seminary relations, assistant to the rector at St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, N.Y.; executive director of the International Liaison (for lay mission programs, Washington); director of mission development in the United States for the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in New York; and director of Institutional Advancement at the Washington Theological Union.
Paratore said he has served on numerous international and national committees and boards in the area of evangelization, seminary education, church personnel, Catholic missions, Catholic laity and Catholic theological education and leadership programs for the U.S. military bases in Europe.
He completed his undergraduate studies at St. John Fischer College, Rochester, and his graduate studies in theology at St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore; and canon law and theology at the Catholic University of America, also in Washington.