Stewardship Saint of the Month
Saint Josephine Bakhita
Born in western Sudan in 1869, our February stewardship saint recalled having a loving family and happy childhood. At age seven, however, she was abducted by Arab slave traders; the trauma and sheer anguish of which caused her to forget her own name. A slaver sarcastically named her Bakhita, Arabic for lucky. For the next eight years, Bakhita would be sold and resold in African slave markets. She experienced the cruelties, humiliations and sufferings of slavery, including severe emotional abuse, beatings and indescribable mutilations.

In 1883, at age14, Bakhita was sold to an Italian consul, who treated her with much kindness. She was gifted to an Italian couple in 1885 who took her to their villa outside Venice where she would become nanny to their infant daughter.

Needing to leave the country on business for a several weeks in late 1888, the couple entrusted their daughter and Bakhita to the care of a Venetian convent of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. But when time came for the pair to be collected, Bakhita refused to leave. To protect her, the religious superior complained to local authorities. Read More Here
ICSC Catholic Stewardship Moments
and e-Bulletin
The International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) offers a variety of resources to foster stewardship in your parish. One of their most popular resources is a monthly eBulletin that includes articles designed to foster a culture of generosity. In addition, the newsletter includes a section called Stewardship Moments, which presents weekly bulletin reflections based on that week’s Liturgical readings. ICSC resources are provided so that parish office staff can place them in bulletins or offer as a complete reprint. 

Click here and scroll down to see the latest installment of their Monthly eBulletin in English and Spanish. You will find Stewardship Moments at the end of the eBulletin.
REMINDER! The Way: Going Forward in Christ Recordings Available
What will Catholic parishes look like after COVID-19? How can your parish reimagine its vision for the future in the midst of so much uncertainty?

Parish leaders are invited to watch our four-part virtual series, “The Way: Going Forward in Christ.” Led by Dr. Lenny DeLorenzo, director of undergraduate studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame University, The Way explores getting back to the basics in Catholic parish life by focusing on the four areas that serve as the foundational basis of a Christian community. Click here to watch recordings from the workshops.
Hint of the Month

Did you miss our tax statement training? Click here to listen back to the recording. (Access Passcode: zL9R&wGh)
ParishSOFT Virtual Trainings

Stay tuned! We will offer a number of ParishSOFT Trainings over the next few months. In the meantime, sign up for our New Staff Training on Feb. 23 below!
ParishSOFT Issues?

If you have ParishSOFT questions or problems, please contact Ryan Adams at and copy the ParishSOFT Support Center at 
ParishSOFT Trainings

Celebrating your generosity.
The Catholic Community Foundation believes that generosity allows our community and our country to hope for something greater. Click above to hear from several of our past St. John Paul II Award winners to get a sense of the power of generosity and its broad impact in our greater community. We all have a role to play in making our community and our world a better place. Thank you for fostering your generosity.