Stewardship Saint of the Month
Saint Katharine Drexel
Katharine Drexel, the second American-born canonized saint, was born into great wealth in Philadelphia in 1858. Her mother died soon after Katharine’s birth, and she was raised by her father and stepmother, both known for their philanthropy, especially their generosity to the poor.

As a young heiress, Katharine traveled extensively across the U.S. and became aware of the difficult circumstances faced by Native Americans and African Americans. After her father and stepmother died, Katharine determined to use her inherited wealth to help these groups.

Traveling in Europe in 1887, she asked Pope Leo XIII for help in sending missionaries to the many institutions she funded, including a school in South Dakota. The pope challenged the heiress to undertake the mission herself.

After much discernment, Katharine decided to devote not just her fortune (worth more than $200 million today), but her life to the poor. In 1889, at age thirty, she entered the Sisters of Mercy. 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.
Announcement: ParishSOFT Virtual Trainings
Save the dates! Over the next several months, we will offer a number of ParishSOFT Trainings on a wide range of topics.

Click here to check out the flyer for our winter/spring webinars, and be sure to sign up via the links in the flyer or via the links listed below.
New Estate Planning Resource Reminder:
Lifetime of Generosity Digital Legacy Seminar
Reminder! In order to help your parishioners connect giving back with a deeper spiritual motivation, the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) has developed a new resource for you: the Lifetime of Generosity Digital Legacy Seminar. The first of its kind, this 30-minute interactive seminar leads viewers through video teachings and workbook prompts as they discover what leaving a Catholic legacy means to them. The seminar can be accessed at any time or at any place, all your parishioners need is a computer or smart device. It can also be enjoyed individually or as part of a group by your Men’s Club, Rosary Guild, Altar Society, and more.
 
As part of the digital seminar, CCF is excited to share a free, accessible will-writing tool with viewers, courtesy of our relationship with FreeWill.com. By using this no-cost estate planning resource, your parishioners can protect their families and the blessings God has given them while ensuring that their spiritual home, your parish, is sustained for future generations... in an additional 20 minutes or less!

If you are interested in pushing out the seminar to your parishioners, check out the templates available on our website. Questions? Please contact Pamela Richard at prichard@ccfnola.org or 504.596.3044.
ParishSOFT Hint of the Month

Remember to update your family records with any new information that you receive after sending out tax statements!
ParishSOFT Trainings