“Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He is to go about doing good; yours are the hands with which He is to bless people now.”---St. Theresa of Avila
What is Stewardship? This is a question that cannot be answered in a simple phrase, but rather through a prayerful lifestyle with God as the center of everything. Stewardship is an understanding that everything we have in life (both tangible and intangible) is because of God’s provision; as Catholics, it is our responsibility to share our gifts from God with others. Stewardship is a way of life, a continuous conversation with God, and a commitment to the community.
Our Stewardship Commission understands that stewardship is a way of life, not just a ministry. Our goal is to have each member of our community take a step closer to Our Lord. We believe that through a life filled with prayer, participation, and generosity this can be realized. Please let us know how we can help you on your journey; members of the Stewardship Commission include the following:
Toni Ann & Christopher Cascaes
Toni Ann and Christopher moved to Florida in July 2013 from New Jersey. Having raised their children in the stewardship parish of St. Anselm, Tinton Falls, NJ; they were excited to find a new parish home for their family at St. Mark the Evangelist. They felt the Holy Spirit embrace them though the heartfelt words of Father David and Mary Strickland at a Welcome Reception, and knew in time God would provide them opportunities participate as stewards. They began by joining Mary and helping with the Welcome Receptions, while Toni Ann also served as an Office Angel a couple of nights a week. They were humbled to be asked to lead the New Stewardship Initiative and are grateful for the opportunity to help their parish family deepen their stewardship way of life.
Lenny & Tressa Lima
Lenny and Tressa have been members of St. Mark’s Church for the past year and a half after living in Massachusetts and Connecticut for the past 30 years, respectively. Aside from being part of the Stewardship Committee, you may see them serving on the altar at the 10:30 Sunday mass as Eucharistic Ministers. They were both part of CRHP--Christ Renews His Parish Ministry (Retreats 17 & 18). Outside of church, they enjoy watching sports, cooking, walking their dog, Brody, and spending quality time together. To them, the most important part of stewardship is recognizing that we are all disciples who are constantly learning how to walk in God’s path and discern how to utilize the talents he has bestowed on them to help others.
Chris, his wife Jody, and two daughters Gabby (10) and Gracie (6) have been members of St. Mark since July 2003 (Chris and Jody) when they relocated to Tampa from Minnesota. There was a brief interlude in Wisconsin from 2010-2016 to be closer to Chris’s parents, but St. Mark always remained in their heart. In fact, the Church, Fr. David, and its parishioners were one of things they missed most after moving up north. Jody and Chris got to know members of the parish closely after Jody participated in the RCIA program in 2003, and served as members of the St. Vincent de Paul committee and Stewardship Committee from 2004-2007. We are blessed to be back in this community and back at St Mark. We want to make it our mission to improve the lives of others.
Vivian and her husband Javier have been a member of St. Mark since 1997, when there was no parish building and masses were celebrated in the auditorium of Wharton H.S. and Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church on B.B.Downs. They have two children, Monica and Andres, and St.Mark is their second family. Throughout the years, their faith has been enriched by serving and attending to the needs of the community, and by sharing the many gifts that God has given them. Vivian serves in the Ministry of Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Infant Baptism Preparation and along with her husband, they serve in the Wedding Ministry. Whether at church, work, among family or friends, Vivian believes that faith through actions speak louder than words; and hence, that stewardship is an outward sign of the inward reality that Christ lives in you.
Kevin and his wife Darlene have been members of St. Mark since 2003 after they moved here from Farmingdale NY. Kevin is a member of the Knights of Columbus, serves as a Reader and in Adult Faith Formation. He has taught the Adult Confirmation sessions since 2005. With Darlene, he is also a member of the Be My Witness team for the Year of Evangelization. Stewardship is a way of life in recognition that everything we are and have is a gift from God to used as God desires for the building up of his kingdom.