Stewardship in the Hispanic Culture Best Practices Reverend Theo Trujillo St. Mary Magdalene Church, Simpsonville, SC Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of Charleston
Stewardship in the Hispanic Culture • What comes to mind when I say the word “Hispanic”? • What countries do Hispanics come from?
Misconceptions and Realities • They are all the same • Cultural and geographic differences • Understanding of the Church/liturgy • Education • Immigration experience
Hispanics and the Catholic Church in the U.S.A and Atlanta Province • Current Numbers • 35% of all U.S. Catholics are of Hispanic origin • In 12 years it is projected that Hispanics will be the majority of all Catholics in the U.S. • Since 1960 Hispanics have accounted for 71% of growth in the Catholic Church • Most Rapid growth of Hispanics is in the South • 50% of all U.S. Catholics under the age of 29 are Hispanic • Of 472 churches in the Atlanta Province 227 celebrate at least one Mass in Spanish each weekend (48%) * Statistics from the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census
St. Mary Magdalene – Simpsonville, SC • Parish Vision and Mission Statement • Called By Christ. Growing in Faith. Serving With Love. • St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church is a diverse parish family called to be one in Christ. We are committed to serve God, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, demonstrating stewardship as a way of life • History of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church • From Staff Service to Key Lay Leaders Service • Parish Mass Statistics • November 2008: 4 English Masses and 1 Spanish Mass • April 2012: 2 Spanish, 5 English, 1 Polish Mass • Spanish Mass Attendance in 2008: 400 people • Spanish Mass Attendance in 2012: 1700 people • We are one community, multi-cultural, multi-lingual with MANY ministries
St. Mary Magdalene Foundational Road Map for Stewardship • Pastor promotes one vision and mission for the entire parish. • One Pastoral Plan – not two separate plans – EVERYBODY is included! • We have a Parish Stewardship Council and Parish Stewardship and Ministry Coordinator • Everyone is working in the same direction – parish staff, ministry leaders, councils, committees, education leaders, clergy, etc…
…..continued • Compartir vs. Coresponsibilidad • Be consistent • Use the same expression and explain this expression clearly • Inclusion of Hispanics in leadership roles – not liaisons. Bi-lingual members and some bi-cultural. • Staff, Finance, Pastoral, Stewardship, Communication, Welcome, Liturgy, etc…
Practical Tips for Promoting Stewardship to Hispanics • Communication • Mass Homilies • Ministries • Bible Studies • Bulletin Announcements • The Prayers of the Faithful • Parish Survey • Personal Invitation from the Pastor • Communication and collaboration within councils and committees helps build bridges between English and Spanish speaking communities • Communication helps develop stewardship
….continued • Stewardship Renewal– every year! • Same presentations in English and Spanish • Time • Talent • Treasure • Continuous Invitation • Encourage Attendance • Masses • Liturgical Events • Social Events • Formation Programs for youth, adults, couples, etc… • Promote Different Ministries and Invite Them to Participate
….continued • Bi-lingual catechists – classes are in English • Some programs are offered in English and Spanish • Examples • Confirmation Parents Meeting • Quarterly New Parishioner Social – everyone is included! • Living Your Strengths –English and Spanish sessions • Crown Financial Ministry- English and Spanish sessions • Catholicism Project: Fr. Robert Barron- English and Spanish sessions • Bilingual Mass on Thanksgiving and at 11am on Christmas • Offered Spanish Translation during our 3-Day Parish Mission with Fr. Mahan.
Best Practices For Stewardship RenewalTalent Appeal • Communicate same message for everybody • Invite all to fill out a pledge card • Actively promote registrations at the same time – take advantage of this opportunity • Use these appeals wisely – to educate and communicate importance of registrations as well as participating in the life of the parish
Best Practices For Stewardship Renewal Treasure Appeal • Cultural differences in giving • United States culture envelopes and pledging is popular • In the Hispanic culture, community building events are ways to promote giving of treasure. • Important to keep teaching the significance of using envelopes and parish registration – don’t give up! • Tithing is the ultimate goal • “Small step” approach • Mass attendance • Registration • Regular envelope use
Conclusion • Learn year to year • Be thoughtful and adjust • Evaluate how to accommodate and serve better each year • “One Community – Multi-Cultural – Multi-Lingual – Many Ministries” Called by Christ. Growing in Faith. Serving with Love.