My name is Sam Racicot. I’m a cradle Catholic. I was born and raised in the upper peninsula of Michigan on a dairy farm. After that I spent 20 years in the United States Air Force; travelled the world and had the opportunity to experience the universal church in many places and languages. I was lucky enough to attend mass in Rome in Christmas of 1988. I moved to Seattle in 1989 and was led to St. Johns in September of 1991.
I was asked to share my Stewardship of Treasure journey with you. No one likes to talk about money; I’m no different. But Stewardship of Treasure is not about money. It’s about a calling to be good stewards of the gifts and blessings God has given us, and to pass those on. So money is really a tool, it provides for our families, we use it for our own personal interests, but it’s also for the broader community. One of the ways we use this tool is to show our gratitude for our blessings by giving it back to God.
So I’m going to share my personal Stewardship journey. When I was 5 years old, my father gave me my first allowance. And I was excited! But then he made it very clear to me the next Sunday that now that I had an allowance, every Sunday I had to put something in the collection basket at church. I don’t remember how I reacted as a 5 year old, but I am sure I was not very excited (being as how I have a couple of kids of my own). When I grew older, when I got to sixth grade, it was kind of a rite of passage on the farm. I was large enough to start milking the cows, drive the tractor, do all these other things...(see video for more)