Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of September 21, 2014 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Enclosed in our bulletin this weekend is our annual financial report for last year and our budget for the upcoming year. I have worked with the Finance Council to provide you with an accurate understandable presentation of our church finances. As pastor, I am accountable to you for the proper use of the funds given in support of our church operations, and these reports are a way of keeping you adequately informed of the financial status of our church family. Many thanks to the Finance Council for its work and assistance in this endeavor! Overall, our financial status continues to be stable. Many thanks to you for your support, as it would not have been possible without you!

Initially, I would like to report that The Sanctuary Project has been a great success due to your generosity.  This weekend, we begin to acknowledge those who have donated to the campaign in an insert in this bulletin.  We will continue to make these acknowledgements until every donor is properly acknowledged.

I am also happy to announce that we have reached our goal for the campaign after only 3 months!!  How wonderful this is!  However, we should not stop here!  Monies donated in excess of the stated goals will be used for improved sound, lighting and pew repair, all of which is sorely needed.  My hope is that all of us will continue to pray for the success of the year long campaign, to donate to the campaign as we are able, and to invite friends of St. Landry to consider helping with the campaign.  Work will begin soon, with the bathroom work beginning this Fall and the sanctuary work after the first of the year.  Many thanks again for your generosity!

On our regular operating budget, one significant note is about the planned replacement of the underground pipes for our air conditioning system in the church, which was budgeted for last year. After obtaining plans and estimates, the bids received were more than triple what we expected, and thus not feasible.  In the meantime, the pipe leak finally caused a system shut down in January.  We were able to repair the leak, and thank God that there was only one leak in the system.  For now the system is stable and leak free, which gives us time to look for more affordable alternatives. Over the last four years, we have been able to save money for this project, so hopefully we will be able to find an alternative that will fit in our budget without incurring debt.

Our financial statement and budget reflects that we have and will continue to operate at or near the amount of our regular offertory and the offertory for repair and maintenance.  Our parish is now fully staffed and able to provide all the services a church community should.  As you may recall, during the Fall of last year, our offertory dropped significantly for a short time, and at Christmas we made known the shortfall.  Due to the generosity of many of you in "putting St. Landry on your Christmas list," the amount of the budget shortfall narrowed to a manageable level.  In an effort to keep you better informed of our financial status throughout the year, the Finance Council has decided that we should publish in the bulletin the amount of the average weekly offertory needed to meet our budget (which is $8,250), as well as the actual average year to date (which for the first 10 weeks of this year is $8,093.80).

For your information, a large portion of our savings has come from special donations we received over the last few years. These special gifts to the church are a way to express gratitude for the service of the church to us and our community and to perpetuate the mission of the Church. There are many ways one can provide a gift to the church in their estate planning, including wills, bequests, trusts, and life insurance policies, or the gift of stocks or a family home. If you are so moved, please remember a gift to the church in your estate planning or make a special donation to the church.  If you have any questions we can certainly help you with further information.

Thanks again for your generosity over the past year and your continued support!

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of September 21, 2014 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

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