Christmas and the Blessing of Helping Others

December 20, 2013 by  
Filed under O'Meara Ferguson News

The Tidings – Archbishop José H. Gomez – December 20, 2013 Advent and Christmas are the time of year when we count our blessings and think about the needs of others. In this holy season, we remember how much God loves us and how much he has given to us. We reflect on God coming […]

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Unless You Become Like Children…Faith and Giving

March 8, 2013 by  
Filed under O'Meara Ferguson News

Truth In Love – Bishop Paul D. Etienne – March 7, 2013 Every now and then, a life experience brings a biblical passage powerfully to mind and to life. I had one of those moments this week. “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom […]

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(podcast) When Giving to the Church is the Result of Coercion

Patrick O’Meara, President and Founder of O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway speaks of the dangers of coercion in this podcast. He states, “In Mission Advancement it is easy to use coercion to facilitate gifts, and such coercion takes many forms: guilt, building a false sense of obligation to a community, exerting pressure, creating a false […]

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Outgiving God Isn’t Possible

November 16, 2011 by  
Filed under O'Meara Ferguson News

Catholic New York – November 16, 2011 A week from now is our national holiday of Thanksgiving. Along with my brother bishops from the State of New York, I’ll be in Rome on our ad limina visit. Tough to find good pumpkin pie there! When I was a boy, every birthday, every Christmas, was made […]

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Catholic Offertory Giving May Have Rebounded after Recessionary Lull

Catholic News Service – May 2, 2011 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic parishes seemed to have weathered the recession of 2008, according to a study issued April 27.The study, “Holy Toll,” conducted by the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, part of the interfaith Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, noted that more than half — 57 percent — […]

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Giving – The Incarnation of One’s Self Donation to Christ: the Authentic Disposition of the Giver

Tertium Quid – Vol. 2, Issue 2 – By Patrick O’Meara – March 1, 2011 (printable version) Fundraising is one of the real challenges faced by pastors and parishioners alike especially during times of economic turmoil. There is always a reluctance to speak about (and equally on the part of parishioners to hear about) fundraising. […]

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Cardinal Encourages Catholics to Contribute Resources to Church

November 19, 2010 by  
Filed under economy, O'Meara Ferguson News

Catholic News Agency – November 17, 2010 Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 17, 2010 / (CNA) – Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela is reminding Catholics of their duty to contribute financially to the Church. In a Nov. 12 press release the cardinal called on Catholics to participate in the national campaign, “Support Your Church,” which […]

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Portuguese Bishop Calls for Just Salaries

Zenit – July 16, 2010 Exhorts Fatima Pilgrims to Pray for Virtue of Charity FATIMA, Portugal, JULY 16, 2010 (Zenit.org) – Auxiliary Bishop João Miranda Teixeira of Oporto urged pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima this week to share what they have, and to ask God for the virtue of charity. The […]

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Finding Value in Giving Back

November 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Spirituality of Stewardship

Catholic Courier – By Amy Kotlarz – October 30, 2009 Dean and Patti Hamingson and their family moved seven times during Dean’s 35-year career with Xerox. “We moved in and out of communities,” he said. “Oftentimes, I felt like a parasite to the community. I was not giving anything back there.” When Dean retired and […]

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Love of God is Revealed in Responsibility for Others

March 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Daniel Conway

From Dan Conway’s The Good Steward, January 2008 “We often hear it said that stewardship is not about money. What that really means is that stewardship is not only or exclusively about money. Because, in fact, we are called to be responsible and generous stewards of all God’s gifts—including gifts of treasure: material goods, financial […]

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