With June 30th we finished the 2016-2017 fiscal year and on July 1st began the new year. Fiscal years by definition always bring to mind the financial condition of the parish. However, as a parish we are all about our spiritual growth in faith. Spiritual growth is harder to measure. But I pray that the past year has been a good one for all of us. It was highlighted by the many liturgical celebrations throughout the year and most important for us our celebration of the 75th Anniversary of our parish’s faith journey. May we take advantage of the many opportunities for graces this new year.
Back to the fiscal year! The big news of the past fiscal year was a very successful offertory increase program that took place in October and November. The generosity of our parishioners to the offertory increase appeal was outstanding. As a result, we finished the fiscal year with $31,633.00 over budget on income. With that extra money we were able to put new heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls in the church and we were able to replace the entrance doors to the Performing Arts Center (which is the original church building on our campus).
Now on to the new fiscal year. You will notice in the parish stewardship report (that is in this paper each week) that the budgeted weekly income increased from $12,500.00 to $13,400.00. The $900 increase is the average weekly increase we received from the offertory increase program. All of this additional income will be used on the capital expenditures that I outlined as the purpose for the offertory increase last fall. These projects are: purchasing new chairs for the social hall; replacing the sound system in the church; re-facing the columns at the entrance to the church; provide lighting for the school parking lot; and updating/remodeling the church bathrooms. All of these will be done this fiscal year.
We are very solid financially as a parish. Your goodness and support allow me to say that. We have also gone over our target on the Catholic Services Appeal. Thank you again!! We still have some funds from last year’s extra income that will allow us to get started immediately on these projects. We do the projects when the money comes in. So keep up your support and we will get these tasks done. I am very appreciative. Having good facilities on our campus allows us to have great parish life, to grow in our faith, to share with each other and to support one another. God bless each one of us and our parish.
Our annual missionary appeal has been postponed to August 5 –6 due to the speaker’s sudden change in his schedule and responsibilities. Many of you came last weekend all prepared to support the missionary work in Haiti and made donations. These donations will be processed now and added to the gifts that will be made in August.
Happy Father’s Day
Many blessings to all our fathers on this special day. May it be an enjoyable day for them and a time for families to be gathered together in appreciation of all fathers. May all fathers be strengthened in their vocations and always be guided by the Lord in their faith.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
We have a parish target of $106,692. You have generously donated $109,091.00 of which $97,297.00 was donated directly to us and $11,794.00 was donated online. We have surpassed our target. A great accomplishment for us. If you have not yet contributed you may still do so. We need the support of all our parishioners. Thank you for your continued support of this important appeal.
Parish Council Selections
I congratulate Anita McCabe and Lenore Vansant who were chosen as the new area representatives on the parish council. Zachary Crawford was chosen as the youth representative.
I thank them for their willingness to serve and represent us. I am also very grateful to the other nominees who said “yes” to serving but were not selected.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
We have a parish target of $106,692. You have generously donated $104,551.00 of which $92,757.00 was donated directly to us and $11,794.00 was donated online. This total represents 98% of our target of $106,692. This leaves us with $2,141.00 more to go. Please help us out. If you have not yet contributed you may still do so. We need the support of all our parishioners in order to reach our target. I am still hopeful we can go over our target so we can use the overage for some special projects at the parish. Thank you for your continued support of this important appeal.